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Cannes Clicks: Day 2 at indieWIRE and Around The Web

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 12, 2011 at 4:43AM

Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 - 22), indieWIRE is publishing an updated compilation of articles from indieWIRE, our blog network and other outlets.
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Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 - 22), indieWIRE is publishing an updated compilation of articles from indieWIRE, our blog network and other outlets.

More: Latest Reviews | Latest Interviews | Complete Coverage

Blogs: Anne Thompson | Eric Kohn | The Playlist | Sydney Levine | Eugene Hernandez


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One of the most anticipated films to hit La Croisette, Lynne Ramsay's long awaited third feature "Let's Talk About Kevin," hit it out of the ballpark with indieWIRE's Eric Kohn who went on to hail Tilda Swinton's lead performance as "breathtakingly fragile," and the drama as an "immersive look at a high-school shooter and his grief-stricken mother," which "avoids sentimentality and constructs a sensationally moving evocation of the ultimate dysfunctional family." Dana Harris was on hand to catch the press conference following the first screening of the film. "It's a bloody business, being a parent," shared Swinton while on stage. She was joined by Ramsay, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. [Nigel M. Smith]

Gus Van Sant's delayed follow-up to 2008's "Milk" also premiered today. "A flimsy teenage romance with dashes of bittersweet inspiration, Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” is little more than a whimsical exercise," wrote Kohn in his mostly negative critique. "Neither unwatchable nor particularly memorable, it mainly succeeds as a showcase for Van Sant’s younger collaborators." [Nigel M. Smith]

The first film to screen in competition, Julia Leigh's big screen debut "Sleeping Beauty," left Kohn a tad lukewarm. "..."“Sleeping Beauty” takes a long time to cast its spell," he wrote. "Leigh, an Australian novelist making her big screen debut, relies almost entirely on insinuative behavior to provide exposition." The film earned a B+. Other critics had a mostly negative reaction, according to Brian Brooks who attended the press screening and the subsequent press conference, where Leigh explained the viewing experience of her film. [Nigel M. Smith]

Focus CEO James Schamus hit up a buyers-only presentation at Cannes' Olympic Cinema to moderate a panel with "Cloud Atlas"'s three directors -- Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Among the announcements made: The film will star Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw in addition to the film's star, Tom Hanks. The film is set to commence shooting in September. [Nigel M. Smith]

News hit at Cannes that Michael Winterbottom's next movie will star Jack Black...You heard that right. The movie has a working title of "Bailout" and it's adapted by Jess Walter from his own novel, "The Financial Lives of Poets." Now in pre-production, the producers plan to start shooting in August. [Nigel M. Smith]

As always, be sure to check out our Cannes Guide to All the Films for up-to-the-minute criticWIRE grades. [Nigel M. Smith]

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The deals are starting to get signed at the year's biggest festival. Thompson on Hollywood detailed FilmDistrict's purchase of Gabriele Muccino’s "Playing the Field," including the plot of this rom-com, starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel. [Michelle Koh]

Woody Allen, along with stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, charmed reporters at a press conference for their film "Midnight in Paris." Thompson on Hollywood posted video footage of the conference here. [Michelle Koh]

With so many films hoping to leave France with a distributor this year, it can be hard to keep track. The Playlist profiled Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths," with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke. It also reported on Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal's "The Words," and the addition of Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid to the Bradley Cooper vehicle. Meanwhile, Shadow and Act gave the rundown on Pam Grier's addition to the cast of Frankie Latina's "Skinny Dip." [Michelle Koh]

While Jack Black is at Cannes to promote “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom,” news has started to emerge from the Croisette about another Black project. In "Bailout," Black will join forces with director Michael Winterbottom to adapt Jess Walter‘s novel “The Financial Lives of the Poets.” The Playlist provided the details on this unusual pairing. [Michelle Koh]

The Weinstein Company made one of the first notable Cannes purchases on Tuesday, snatching up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist." The Playlist supplied the trailer for this unique film, which is black and white and silent. [Michelle Koh]

Andy and Lana Wachowski, along with Tom Tykwer, were on hand to discuss their upcoming project, an adaptation of David Mitchell‘s “Cloud Atlas.” The Playlist chronicled the project's history, as well as the potential addition of two new cast members, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent. [Michelle Koh]

Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are making an impressive showing this year, complete with screenings of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris, Gus Van Sant's "Restless" and Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In." Thompson on Hollywood examined the duo's contributions to Cannes, along with their festival strategy.

Around The Web

Palme d'Or Odds: Check out the latest guesswork with these updated betting odds over at Neil Young's Film Lounge. Kawase’s "Hanezu" is the odds on favorite, but the warm response to today's screening of "We Need To Talk About Kevin" doesn't put it too far behind. [Peter Knegt]

Speaking of "Kevin," here's a slew of links to the film's overwhelmingly positive reviews: The Guardian (very positive); The Telegraph (very positive); Time Out London (very positive); Hit Fix (very positive); Variety (very positive); and The Hollywood Reporter (mixed-to-positive). [Peter Knegt]

Also debuting was first-time filmmaker Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty," which didn't get the warm response that "Kevin" did. Some reviews, which are all across the board: The Telegraph (very positive);
In Contention (positive); HitFix (mixed-to-positive); The Guardian (mixed-to-positive); The Hollywood Reporter (mixed-to-negative); Variety (negative). [Peter Knegt]

Cannes programmers opted to put Gus Van Sant's "Restless" in Un Certain Regard, where it was met with a generally mixed response so far: Film School Rejects (positive); Movieline (positive); Variety (mixed-to-positive); The Guardian (negative); and The Hollywood Reporter (negative). [Peter Knegt]

Finally, what would Cannes be without.. Lady Gaga? The singer showed up in the South of France with no movie to promote, but put on a concert anyway (for Canal Plus). “Je vous adore Cannes!” she said to the audience. Check out her show:

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Lady Gaga - Judas - Concert du Grand Journal du 11/05/2011


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