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Cannes Yacht Party: Great Directors

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 28, 2009 at 7:58AM

The best party I went to in Cannes was thrown one afternoon by rookie director Angela Ismailos after a screening of her doc Great Directors, in which she sits down and talks politics, history and Neo-Realism with Bernardo Bertolucci, the influence of Federico Fellini with David Lynch, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder with Todd Haynes, among others. Cinetic Media is selling the film.
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The best party I went to in Cannes was thrown one afternoon by rookie director Angela Ismailos after a screening of her doc Great Directors, in which she sits down and talks politics, history and Neo-Realism with Bernardo Bertolucci, the influence of Federico Fellini with David Lynch, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder with Todd Haynes, among others. Cinetic Media is selling the film.

There was plenty of yummy food, wine, music and dancing. All in all, a taste of how a globe-trotting intellectual socialite lives.

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I enjoyed talking to French director Catherine Breillat at the boat party. The movie shows what an outsider she was, from a very early age, because her films were too sexy, even for the French. She admitted that while she is not now a member of the French film establishment, exactly, she's accepted.

I interview Ismailos briefly about her film:


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And here's a taste of the music and dancing.


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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.