Cannes kicking off

Posted by · 4:35 pm · May 10th, 2011

I’ve been in Cannes less than 12 hours and already I can feel the sleep deficit kicking in, so I’ll keep this post short. It’s been an administrative day, anyway: unpacking, registering, collecting my press badge (in the rigid Cannes class system, I’ve been upgraded from a yellow badge to a blue one, so I guess Thierry Frémaux received my muffin basket) and moving into the apartment (improbably named Villa Romance) that I’ll share for the next 12 days with US critics James Rocchi and Aaron Hillis. (Karina Longworth joins our household tomorrow. There’s a decidedly niche sitcom waiting to be made here, folks.)

You may have noticed that this evening, and not a moment too soon, I completed my Cannes Check series breaking down the individual titles in Competition — you can catch up with all 20 entries here.

One more plug, while I’m about it: I’m taking part in Ioncinema’s 2011 Cannes Critics’ Panel, in which a selection of 16 international critics will rate the festival’s major films on a daily basis. Like an expanded version of Screen Daily’s traditional poll, it’s a handy way to monitor the consensus hits and misses; check out the full panel here.

Housekeeping out the way, the fun and games officially begin tomorrow, as Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (about which I’ve already heard positive word from trusted sources) opens the festival. I’ll be catching it at the 11am press screening, and bringing you a review as soon as I can hammer one out — keep an eye on my Twitter feed for quicker reactions. Tomorrow evening, meanwhile, Julia Leigh’s buzzy debut feature “Sleeping Beauty” kicks off the Competition. Beyond that, I’m still trying to devise a vaguely coherent schedule from the mass of conflicting festival strands — not to mention a market section stacked with curiosities. (Famke Janssen’s directorial debut, anyone?)

Now, sleep. Tomorrow, a swim. Then a croissant. Then Woody. And so on. It’ll get more difficult than this.

[Image: Cannes Film Festival]

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  • 1 5-10-2011 at 4:44 pm

    Brook said...

    I have to say I’m interested in whatever Famke Janssen does, including directing. She was the strongest actor in the X-Men films, she’s kind of weirdly magnetic. And so different from her Bond Girl role.

  • 2 5-10-2011 at 5:04 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    “Recently named one of the 100 Greatest Arts Tweeters by Britain’s The Times newspaper”

    Congrats Guy, you’re ahead of Charlie Sheen and Michael Caine.

  • 3 5-10-2011 at 5:48 pm

    Mr. F said...

    The Weinsteins just bought the rights to The Artist and plans to put it out during Oscar season. I can’t wait to see your take on it.

  • 4 5-10-2011 at 7:51 pm

    qwiggles said...

    Looking forward to the coverage! (And the niche sitcom to follow.)

  • 5 5-10-2011 at 8:02 pm

    Danielle said...


    Have you seen anything related to A Dangerous Method — sales, promotion, footage, etc — or heard any early word about the film? I think they are screening it for buyers at Cannes, and I’m crossing my fingers for it to find US distribution there.


  • 6 5-10-2011 at 10:19 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Danielle: I haven’t heard anything yet — I don’t see it on the market schedule, but I suppose there could be unlisted screenings. Keep following Anne Thompson’s coverage — she keeps her ear much closer to the ground than I do!

    Matthew: Thanks! And several rungs below Britney Spears. I don’t know if the list is in rank order, but I like to imagine it is.

  • 7 5-11-2011 at 4:21 am

    Michael W. said...

    “Tomorrow, a swim. Then a croissant. Then Woody.”

    O Guy, life really is hard on you ;-)

    Enjoy the craziness in the next couple of weeks.

  • 8 5-11-2011 at 5:13 am

    Glenn said...

    I got told the other day that my life is like an episode of “Seinfeld” so I look forward to the day movie bloggers get sitcoms based around bad public transport, finding enough loose change to buy lunch and showing at the wrong cinema.

  • 9 5-11-2011 at 8:55 am

    red_wine said...

    Have a blast Guy, looking forward to all you have for us from Cannes.

    And gosh, you have a pool in your Cannes abode. Holy High Life! : )