POSTCARDS FROM CANNES
KEEP UP WITH THE ALAN, PAUL & IAN AS THEY ATTENED THE 66TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Post Card Three - And away we go again...
Perhaps it was the weather but their seemed to be a distinct lack of a 'buzz' around the market on the first day - perhaps things will improve as the feeling is that the initial festival sélections were not the best offerings and that unlike in previous years they are saving the more high profile big guns for the second week. We'll see..
Today has been a movie day - it started with GRAND PIANO - the latest from Eugenio Mira - starring Elijah Wood - a highly enjoyable mix of elements from Argento's OPERA and some of De Palma's finest thrillers. The camerawork is masterful and the concept which admittedly takes some shaky turns works and Wood pulls off the piano playing role with aplomb.
Rushed over to see V/H/S/2 which I thought was even better than the first one - the Film Festival Mafia (our cohorts, friends and partners on the international film circuit) seemed to agree. Zero weak links this time and some clever riffs on the tried (and sometimes tired) and tested found footage motif - a particular stand-out is the offering from Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans (THE RAID) - which throws just about everything it can at the screen in a deliriously enjoyable shock segment. There's life in that genre strand yet..
Because the weather was so damn awful last night we caught up on some of the 50 plus festival submission discs littering the apartment - nothing major to report here - but a couple of twinkling gems have emerged so far - Watch this space!
So - a non gossipy 1st newsletter - I promise more action next time as long as we don't get swept out to sea..Till the nex time...