The Michael Moore onslaught is about to begin here in Cannes. The director and his film, “Fahrenheit 911,” will no doubt be a hot topic when he joins tomorrow’s IFP American Directors panel at the Variety Beach Club, followed by Sunday’s one-on-one session with Moore and Variety’s Peter Bart. The movie will screen here in Cannes on Monday, followed by a press conference and the competition screening at the Palais des Festivals.
Even though the movie has not been seen here in Cannes, a select group back in New York are already buzzing about the film. Moore showed the film to a small audience in Manhattan on Wednesday, including a few buyers. One person who saw the film Wednesday sent out an email to film community colleagues praising the new movie, saying that it will have a “triumphant world premiere” here in Cannes.” The insider added:
“I was so moved and emboldened by the experience of watching it, that I wanted to write all of you and share my excitement. Because it is passionate without being haughty or condescending, informative without seeming arrogant, the film reaches across the great cultural divide that is destroying our country and positions us – all of us – Democrats and Republicans, urbanites and middle-Americans – against our common enemy-not each other, finally!- but our corrupt, selfish, hateful, unelected government…the sincerity of Michael’s concern for real people, working people, struggling Americans trying to make ends meet, permeates the film, and it is they, not pundits, who carry his message to the audience. His rallying cry to become active and informed citizens inspired me to send this email.