Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Cannes Day 7: Pater

Ah, Pater. My Cannes arch-nemesis.


The bleeding continues.

I'm trying my best to type up reviews for the remaining films that I saw at Cannes. The last three days of the festival were incredibly hectic, letting me get behind the ball in blogging. Boo. It also didn't help that two of my least favourite films in Competition were the next to review. Alas, the bleeding continues. Cannes coverage, take two.

— Jake

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Lars Von Trier "understands Hitler", gets banned from Cannes

At the press conference for Melancholia (review to come), Lars Von Trier did his dumb rant thing again:

"For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn't so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit. I don't mean I'm in favor of World War II and I'm not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I'm very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass...How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I'm a Nazi."

Thankfully, Cannes has some class. The Board of Directors met today to announce that Von Trier has been declared a "persona non grata." Keep in mind, Von Trier was forced to issue an apology yesterday, but that didn't really sink in. He blamed his childish "jokes" on the press, saying they "egged him on."

Uncharacteristic of Cannes, but hey, you don't make Nazi remarks in a country that was occupied and destroyed by them.

Cannes Day 7: The Big Fix

It seems there's been a recent spurt in eco-focused documentaries. That's probably because the ecological crisis is getting harder and harder to ignore.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cannes Day 7: Le Havre

In my screening of Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, Cannes audiences were peeing themselves laughing.
Yet according to a friend, his screening was relatively silent, with only a peppering of giggles here and there.  

Cannes Day 6: The Tree of Life

I just love this picture of Terrence Malick.


Cannes Day 5: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Canadian writer / director Sean Durkin won Sundance's "Best Director" prize for his first feature, Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is here under Un Certain Regard.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Booing sucks.

I have little else to say in terms of this post, but I just wanted to report to the world that the booing of Tree of Life is one of the only things people are talking about here in Cannes.

That's so lame.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Cannes Day 5: The Kid With a bike

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are famous French filmmaking frères. Their latest picture, The Kid With a Bike, has hit the Croisette to compete.

Cannes Day 4: Michael

"This is my knife, and this is my cock.
Which one would you like me to stick inside you?"

Cannes Day 4: Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides


I wish I had better news, Pirates fans.

This is my Twitter feed right now.

I have a lot of movies to catch up on before I get to writing about The Tree of Life (which I imagine will be quite a difficult task) but this is what my Twitter feed looks like right now. It's a little ridiculous here.



The Tree of Life just got booed (very loudly) by one asshole in the left corner. His actions have such an impact though - people around the world are learning that the new Malick film (one of the most-hyped films of the year) was booed at its premiere screening.

People are such dickheads.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Cannes Day 3: Footnote

Eliezer Shkolnik spends 30 years of his life dedicated to studying Talmudic texts, only to have his glory stolen days before he publishes his earth-shattering findings.

Such is the scene in Joseph Cedar's Competition film, Footnote.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Bridesmaids (2011)


Bridesmaids is the culmination of some of comedy’s greatest rising female talent. The film was written by former The Groundlings members Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig. Wiig, perhaps best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, stars as Annie, a 30-something year old single woman whose life begins to fall apart while her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement and asks Annie to be her maid of honour. While Annie hits rock bottom (she lives with strange brother and sister duo Gil [Matt Lucas] and Brynn [Rebel Wilson], works at a jewellery store her mother’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor owns, and struggles to form a meaningful relationship with her “fuck buddy” Ted [Jon Hamm]), she is faced with the lavish and glorious lifestyle that Lillian now lives.

Cannes Day 3: Habemus Papam

Palme winner Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) is back! His latest film, Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope), is being described as a Papal King’s Speech.

Cannes Day 2: Restless

Gus Van Sant, who won the Palme d’Or in 2003 for the exquisite Elephant, returns to the Croisette for his new movie (and the opener of mixed-bag category Un Certain Regard), Restless.

Cannes Day 2: Polisse

 There was a moment in Polisse  when I was sitting there thinking, “this is downright disgusting.”  

Friday, 13 May 2011

Cannes Day 2: Labrador

Day 2 of Cannes was, admittedly, pretty difficult. Now, I’m okay with seeing four films in a day - I’ve even done six or seven back at TIFF, when running around the ScotiaBank Theatre is a breeze for
back-to-back screenings.

Maybe it’s the jetlag; maybe it’s the ever-present realization that there are still many two-and-a-half hour art dramas, just waiting to be debated. Hooray! I saw one effective movie (We Need To Talk About Kevin), one offensively dreadful movie (Polisse), and one silly and disappointing movie (Restless).

But I also saw a gem of a film. It’s a shame – it went completely unnoticed.

Labrador (Out of Bounds) is that gem.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Cannes Day 2: We Need To Talk About Kevin


Remember that line from Lady Macbeth? "Out, damn spot!"

Apparently so does Lynne Ramsey, director of We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Cannes Day 1: Sleeping Beauty

“My vagina is not a temple”,  mutters Lucy (Emily Browning).


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Hot Docs: Eco Pirate


Eco Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson - Trish Dolman

At the end of our lives, when all is said and done and we've involuntarily donated our beings to the fertile soil of the earth, will we have left a legacy? Will our existences, however small or minute, leave an imprint on even a small number of others so that we may be remembered?

Cannes: Day One - Midnight in Paris


Cannes has officially begun! It's a little nuts, but that's expected from one of the most important festivals in the world.

The whole gong-show was kicked off by none other than Woody Allen, a Cannes alumni, who opened the festival with his new film Midnight in Paris.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Some More Hot Docs Coverage

This Thing Called Hot Docs

No, it isn't Hot Dogs. For the hundredth time, I did not rush in a manic stupor from the outer fringes of the of the city to stand in line for some delicious street meat, but I could see how some of the engaging documentaries that screened at Toronto's premier doc-fest are analogous to such a tasty snack. For a good week and two days I braved the rainy weather, grey skies, and endless transit rides to see slices of life. Though the informed reader might contest such a remark ("reality can never truly be captured by celluloid!" you might say), I feel as though I have learned to appreciate certain elements of life more than I ever would have before attending.

Bienvenue a Cannes - and the launch of the blog

What a way to start a film blog. As I write this, I'm sitting in the press office for the 64th edition of the Festival de Cannes, watching the action walk by on the historic Boulevard de la Croisette.



I took this shot last night. The festival starts tomorrow with Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", which is the official opening film. So keep checking back in the days to come - Cannes is just one of the many film events we hope to cover in-depth, as well as reviews, interviews, and various insights that may cross our minds.

-Jake