So I’m not attending Cannes this year, and will be instead writing round ups on my colleagues coverage from a basement in rural Canada (that’ll actually only be the case two of the days, but it just sounded so much more dramatic).
It’s disappointing, sure, but complaining about not going to Cannes in general, and especially when I’ve had the total privilege of attending twice already, would be absolutely ridiculous. And it’s actually kind of nice to be static for a few weeks in my homeland to make good on some the neglect I’ve subjected to close friends and family members recently.
Anyway, though… To make it up to myself, during Cannes I’ve decided to make my own film festival, catching up on a bunch of mostly studio films I missed over the first 4 and half months of 2009. When I’m done I’ll offer some thoughts, not that anyone cares at this point as I’m sure all of these films have had their Buttfuck, Nowhere Premieres by now and anyone who had any interest in hearing about them has already heard a good deal. But with that, the lineup for the 1st Annual No-Cannes-Do Film Festivals, happening over the next 10 days across Toronto and Montreal, and if a few (totally legal!) downloads end up not being bullshit, in a basement in rural Canada:
The festival will open with the Knegt Family Outing premiere of Jody Hill’s “Observe and Report,” and close with the basement-in-rural-Canada premiere of Greg Mottola’s “Adventureland.” In between, and depending on how lazy I am and/or if things (totally legally!) download: Tony Gilroy’s “Duplicity,” Kevin MacDonald’s “State of Play,” John Hamburg’s “I Love You Man,” Jennifer Baichwal’s “Act of God,” and, in a special marijuana-fueled presentation featuring special guest unintentional humour, Stephen Shill’s “Obsessed.”
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