DAILY NEWS: Cannes Ready for Close-up; CineVegas Lineup; Sundance Channel and Criterion
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Cannes Kickoff, Festival Opening Tonight with a "Hollywood Ending"
(indieWIRE: 05.15.02) -- Its opening day on the Croisette as the 55th
Festival de Cannes kicks off tonight in France with Woody Allen's latest,
"Hollywood Ending." The Dreamworks picture, which has already opened in the United States, follows last year's Hollywood studio entry, "Moulin Rouge."
"The French have been for 25 years, 30 years now, very supportive of me.
Very affectionate to me," Allen told indieWIRE recently, "I've shown my
films at Cannes many times out of competition. They've invited me there many
times. I've always said, 'No, I don't want to go.' And I feel that I would
like to reciprocate once and show my gratitude and go."
[indieWIRE's interview with Woody Allen is available in the special Cannes
section of indieWIRE.com]
Tonight's opening night screening will be followed by a party on the Carlton
Beach. The soiree kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and is, of course, by invitiation
Larger crowds and tighter security are expected in Cannes this year.
Registrations are reportedly up 15%. New security that keeps
non-credentialed attendees out of the Palais has required that registration
counters move to smaller adjacent offices, so expect lines when arriving to
get that badge. Even with accreditation, getting into the Palais will
require patience. Yesterday, security guards were using hand-held screening
devices to clear all entering guests and their baggage.
Some things never change, though. Movie marketing is as glaring as ever. A
"Spider-Man" billboard is positioned atop the Carlton Hotel on the
Croisette, ready to greet passers-by. [Eugene Hernandez in New York, with
reporting by Stephen Garrett in Cannes.]
[Anthony Kaufman's bi-weekly World Cinema Report surveys Cannes entries
today in indieWIRE. For all the latest, visit our special Cannes section
daily at: http://www.indiewire.com/cannes.]
>> Vega$, Films, and Celebrity Blackjack Slated for CineVegas
(indieWIRE: 05.15.02) -- The glitz of Sin City and international film meet
once again for the 4th annual CineVegas International Film Festival opening
June 7th at the Brendan Theatres in the Palms Resort and Casino. John
Sayles' latest, "Sunshine State" will have its World Premiere on opening
night, starring Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton and Mary Steenburgen. The feature focuses on two women who return to their native
northern Florida hometown to face family upheaval and suburban sprawl.
The fest's Centerpiece film is Sundance 2002 film "Tadpole" by Gary Winick
starring Sigourney Weaver and John Ritter, which Miramax will release later this summer.
"24-Hour Party People" will, appropriately, have its North American premiere
in nocturnal Vegas. The true story by Michael Winterbottom follows the rise
of Factory Records, the collective that paved the way for bands like Joy
Division and later New Order as well as the Happy Mondays. Other highlights among the nine World Premieres and two North American premieres, including Michael Almereyda's "Happy Here and Now" (World
Premiere) starring David Arquette and Ally Sheedy about a 16-year old girl in search of her missing sister in New Orleans. Mars Callahan's "Poolhall
Junkies" starring Chazz Palminterri, Christopher Walken and Rick Schroder about the highs and lows of a pool hustler will premiere, as well as
"Collect Call" by Luis Argueta which will screen in the festival's Diamond
Discoveries section, showcasing US Independent films.
CineVegas will spotlight docs as part of its Pioneer Documentaries section
including Joey Garfield's "Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat
Box," about the making of music with nothing more than the human voice.
Peter Naess' Academy Award-nominated film "Elling" is set to screen as part of the event's "Out of Towners" International Films which the fest has
"hand-selected [as] the cream of the crop from around the world." CineVegas
will also host morning conferences with celebrated writers and, with a nod
to the gambling bug -- a celebrity blackjack tournament.
Festival CEO Mimosa Jones sums the event in a fest release, "CineVegas is
undoubtedly putting the 'festival' back into festival offering an
extraordinary package of film premieres and events that can only happen in
Vegas!" [Brian Brooks]
>> Sundance Channel Teams with The Criterion Collection for 2nd Series
(indieWIRE: 05.15.02) -- The Sundance Channel and DVD publishing group, The
Criterion Collection, are teaming for the second year to present works of
world cinema on the indie film network this summer for its series "Sundance
Channel Presents Classic World Cinema from The Criterion Collection. This
year's schedule will expand to 17 titles including Akira Kurosawa's powerful
"Rashomon" and Liliana Cavani's controversial erotic drama "The Night
Porter" starring Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde as well as Fritz Lang's disturbing thriller, "M."
"These films epitomize the innovative, passionate approach to filmmaking
that is at the heart of Sundance Channel's mission," commented Paola
Freccero, senior vice president of film programming for Sundance Channel in
a prepared release. "We are delighted to continue our partnership with The
Criterion Collection, a company whose superb work reflects its bedrock
respect for the filmmaker's vision." The series will air each Saturday and
Sunday at 9pm throughout July and August. [Brian Brooks]