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Cannes 2006.7: Shower… Crepes

Cannes 2006.7: Shower... Crepes

Everything in Cannes has been going pretty well for many of us. No huge sales have happened, though Tartan did pick up North American rights for that film, Princess, I liked and blogged about the other day. Otherwise, it’s been a lot of fun screenings, meetings, parties, etc. One hiccup in the whole week has been that one of the showers in our apartment is out of commission. We’re not sure when it’ll be fixed, but now we’re all having to use the other bathroom and its shower is one of those very European bathtubs with a spray-hose. Fun.

Word on the street is that distributors are hot for Shortbus, but unclear about how commercial the film could be, given its graphic sex scenes. It’s a fascinating discussion, though, because the sex in the film is not gratuitous. It’s tender, sweet, and totally moves the story forward. We’ll just have to see how that all plays out, and if it plays out during the festival. Here’s some new pics:

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(A bunch of people were at Plage des Palmes on Sunday for a party co-hosted by the Hamptons Film Festival. Here’s, l to r, indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez, Kodak’s Anne Hubbell, ‘Hollywood Reporter’ writer Gregg Goldstein, and me. At the soiree, Hamptons FF announced that this October’s honored guest will be successful indie film producer Ted Hope. Photo by Brian Brooks.)

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(After the premiere of the critically-panned ‘Southland Tales,’ director Richard Kelly and star Sarah Michelle Gellar, far left, “enjoy” a standing ovation with co-star The Rock, far right. By the end of the film, though, much of the theater was gone and I can’t remember a time I’d seen a more obligatory ovation.)

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(Hanging at the immensely fun party for ‘Shortbus,’ here’s Lizzie Nastro from IFC Films and Ben Cotner from Paramount Classics/Vantage. The DJ at the party was awesome, spinning everything from the Smiths to Bauhaus to classic disco.)

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(On Monday afternoon, I had my panel on new-media filmmaking, at the Majestic Beach Pavilion. Giving a few opening remarks are French installation artist Frank Otto, left, and ‘Darknet’ author J.D. Lasica.)

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(The Toronto International Film Festival hosted a cocktail party at the Canadian Pavilion on Monday afternoon. Pictured here are TIFF programmer Cameron Bailey and TIFF marketing super-power Heather Sinclair.)

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(Chilling out on the beach at Fortissimo Films’ party is RingTheJing film rep Roger Kass, who is in Cannes with the feature, ‘The House is Burning.’)

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(And, alas, my new best friend: the guy who sells crepes off a cart on the street. I highly recommend the Crepe Complete, featuring eggs, ham, cheese, and pesto sauce. Exactly what you need at 4 a.m.)

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