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Cannes 2007.6: U2, IFC, 3D, cha cha cha

Cannes 2007.6: U2, IFC, 3D, cha cha cha

Busy days, busy nights. Cannes has been an onslaught of screenings, meetings, events, etc. I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath, or soak in any local flavor. Not to worry, though, I’m here for another week. Of course I miss Jarren, Austin, the dogs, the office… but I’m doing my best to make the time here well spent. The big highlight on Saturday night was U2’s premiere of the concert film, U2 3D. We saw a 55-minute cut that is reportedly to be expanded into a 90-minute feature. The film was fun, energetic, and rocked… hard. Though, the film almost paled in comparison to the eagerly-awaited performance by the band on the steps of the Palais, before the premiere. The band rolled in around 12:30 a.m. and walked up the red carpet to begin a quick ‘n’ dirty two-song set featuring “Vertigo” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Alison Wilmore has some pics on the IFC Blog. I’ll share some thoughts on more films I’ve seen in a future post, but here are some of my own recent pics:

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(The amazing view of La Croisette, from the IFC News apartment.)

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(Myself with Matt Singer from IFC News. I co-hosted the live red carpet arrivals for the public premiere of ‘No Country For Old Men.’ It was fun. The footage will likely be archived on their site soon. Photo by Doug Marshall.)

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(‘U2 3D’ producer Peter Shapiro, gives me a “three” at the pre-party for the film’s premiere. Shapiro’s 3ality company is breaking ground with new 3D technology tools.)

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(indieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez chats with ‘Children of Men’ director Alfonso Cuaron at the reception announcing the formation of cha cha cha, a new production company headed by Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.)

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(London Film Festival artistic director, Sandra Hebron, addresses the crowd at a reception for the annual event. Stay tuned for some very exciting U.S. films making the lineup this year.)

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(Alamo Drafthouse co-founders, Karrie and Tim League, hosted a gang of people over to their apartment on Sunday evening. Tim and Karrie were scouting titles for this September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin.)

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(At the Hotel Grand Sunday night, Cinetic Media’s Dana O’Keefe awards Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Peter Goldwyn, our own Palme D’or. We’ll follow its status in future installments.)

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