Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Jason Segel Takes On David Foster Wallace in Controversial 'End of the Tour' (VIDEO) Jason Segel Takes On David Foster Wallace in Controversial 'End of the Tour' (VIDEO) Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Read Martin Scorsese's Column on His Favorite Hollywood Leading Ladies Read Martin Scorsese's Column on His Favorite Hollywood Leading Ladies A Woman in Charge: Warner Bros. Names Sue Kroll Head of Global Distribution A Woman in Charge: Warner Bros. Names Sue Kroll Head of Global Distribution 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Shutters: End of an Era for LA Critics? Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Shutters: End of an Era for LA Critics? How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans Michael Moore Reveals Stealth NSA Project 'Where to Invade Next' on Periscope Michael Moore Reveals Stealth NSA Project 'Where to Invade Next' on Periscope Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) Top 10 Takeaways: Holdover 'Ant-Man' Tops Blah Week, Summer Slot for 'Southpaw' Pays Off Top 10 Takeaways: Holdover 'Ant-Man' Tops Blah Week, Summer Slot for 'Southpaw' Pays Off Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991 Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991

Cannes Update: First Looks, Ash Delays, Loach Add, Italian Controversy

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2010 at 4:34AM

As weary transatlantic travelers straggle into Cannes hours late from flying around clouds of volcanic ash (word is, it's chilly on the Cote d'Azur), as predicted, the Festival has added one more movie to its 2010 competition line-up. Iraq film Route Irish comes from Cannes perennial Ken Loach, who showed Waiting for Eric last year and won the 2006 Palme d'Or for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, one of those well-reviewed films that barely moved the needle when IFC released it stateside. In anticipation, Loach has posted a selection of his films for free-viewing on YouTube. My fave of the lot: IRA thriller Hidden Agenda (which unfortunately has been pulled down by MGM). Loach was ahead of the cinema verite curve; you could argue that his naturalistic doc-style filmmaking approach has taken over indie cinema. Nobody does it better. Why isn't he more successful? He takes on local stories with local accents and doesn't pander. Some films cross over, most don't.
4
Thompson on Hollywood

As weary transatlantic travelers straggle into Cannes hours late from flying around clouds of volcanic ash (word is, it's chilly on the Cote d'Azur), as predicted, the Festival has added one more movie to its 2010 competition line-up. Iraq film Route Irish comes from Cannes perennial Ken Loach, who showed Waiting for Eric last year and won the 2006 Palme d'Or for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, one of those well-reviewed films that barely moved the needle when IFC released it stateside. In anticipation, Loach has posted a selection of his films for free-viewing on YouTube. My fave of the lot: IRA thriller Hidden Agenda (which unfortunately has been pulled down by MGM). Loach was ahead of the cinema verite curve; you could argue that his naturalistic doc-style filmmaking approach has taken over indie cinema. Nobody does it better. Why isn't he more successful? He takes on local stories with local accents and doesn't pander. Some films cross over, most don't.

UPDATE: Director Ridley Scott will miss opening night screening of Robin Hood due to knee surgery recovery, reports Screen.

Every year, various film writers look at the Cannes selection sight unseen and question its relevance. Here's this year's model, accusing the fest of "protecting an old and endangered tradition of auteur cinema." There's less of that this year than usual, due to what was available, mostly. Not that they wouldn't have liked it that way. Carrie Rickey brings up another question of relevance: why aren't Americans seeing more foreign films?

Folks are posting first-looks at some of the Cannes selection. Here's a tantalizing teaser of Juliette Binoche in Copie Conforme from Abbas Kiarostami, who won the Palm d’Or in 1997 for Taste of Cherry. Here's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful (poster above); Mike Leigh's Another Year and The Ring creator Hideo Nakata's latest cyber-thriller, Un Certain Regard entry Chatroom, starring Brit rising star Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass). Here's the trailer.

Thompson on Hollywood

Before it starts, Cannes has already generated one controversy: Sabina Guzzanti's Silvio Berlusconi expose Draquila: Italy Trembles, led Italy's culture minister to snub Cannes, calling the film "propaganda that offends the truth and the entire Italian population."

Cannes joins other fests entering the digital distribution age, reports THR, via simultaneous screenings during the fest on VOD and TV of two official selections: Jean-Luc Godard's Socialism on May 18, and Olivier Assayas' 5 1/2 hour mini-series Carlos (poster at right) on May 19. UPDATE: The Cannes market, which sees a 5% rise in registration over 2009, has also scheduled some 65 screenings of movies in 3D, reports Screen.

Musician Liam Gallagher is expected to announce his first feature, an upcoming Beatles project about the Fab Four's final years, at Cannes, reports Total Film. Based on Richard DiLello's non-fiction book The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of the Beatles, Their Million Dollar Apple Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall, the film is produced by Gallagher's film company, In 1 Productions, partnered with Revolution Films.

Among the line-up of panels at the American Pavilion (which survived tough times last year and is back on the Croisette for the 22nd time, with indieWIRE as a media sponsor), are the annual directors and shorts panel (including The Clerk's Tale's James Franco), and examinations of film finance (moderated by Screen's Mike Goodridge) and women in film (moderated by me), which includes lawyer Linda Lichter, IFC acquisitions exec Arianna Boccho and producers Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine), Adele Romanski (/Myth of the American Sleepover) and Andrea Sperling (Kaboom).

Meanwhile, my KLM flight Monday from JFK to Nice has been delayed by three four hours. Fingers crossed.


This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.