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Cannes Prep: Noe, Tsai, Suleiman, Haneke in Last Days

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik May 7, 2009 at 1:37AM

Cannes Prep: Noe, Tsai, Suleiman, Haneke in Last Days
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What can we learn from the Cannes screening schedule? Not much, but past years have sometimes shown that a big gun shows up in the waning days of the festival after many journalists and bizzers have already skipped the Cote d'Azur (i.e. 1999's "Rosetta", last year's "The Class"). This year, I'm sad to say that I will miss new films from Gasper Noe, Tsai Ming-liang, Michael Haneke and Elia Suleiman, which are all showing during the last weekend of the festival. Those are some pretty big names to leave towards the end; they're either the kind of surprises that jolt weary attendees after several days of screenings or lesser works whose position could signal inferiority. Of course, we won't know until we get there.

Unrelated to the films, I've also been curious to see what critics and journalists are going to this year's festival and, given the current economic climate and hard-times hitting newspapers and magazines, who is not. I don't see many bloggers, but that may be because they've all got market badges, as opposed to press access. I don't see David Poland, or anyone from Movie City News, but that may be a similar instance. As far as big names, Premiere's Glenn Kenny is bowing out, of course, since the site has shuttered. And one big surprise is that New York Times critic A.O. Scott doesn't appear to be on this year's accredited list of journalists. I suppose that may be due to personal preference over economics, but then again, even the Times is scaling back. Who else has been downsized out of Cannes? You tell me...

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