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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 2

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire May 17, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 2
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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 2

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Michael Moore hit the Croisette over the weekend, participating in two panels at the Variety Beach Club right smack on the beach. Beforehand, Moore hung out at the American Pavilion where all the Yanks (and the American's friends) eat, drink, schmooze, sun, work, and see panels (the first one with "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" director Asia Argento). "Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette participated in the American directors panel hosted by Roger Ebert, which Moore also joined, along with "Mondovino" director Jonathan Nossiter and others. And, when folks weren't rushing off to screenings and events, one of the most popular places for confirmed night-owls to hang out again this year is the patio bar at Le Grand Hotel...




Oscar-winner Michael Moore didn't seem quite ready to fully embrace the warm Mediterranean afternoon in his black jacket the other day during his first visit to the American Pavilion, which occupies a prime beach-front in the Village International. Industry and press alike are in stitches to see his latest film, "Fareneheit 9/11," the focus of distribution controversy lately. Not surprisingly, Moore was surrounded by admirers and cameras soon after this quick snap.


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"Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette was one of the participants who joined Roger Ebert at the American directors panel Ebert hosted at the Variety Beach Club off the Croisette. Ebert praised his film (which took part in the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival) which is in Cannes as part in the Directors Fortnight. Caouette had to duck out of the panel a bit early for his film's debut, which culminated in a rousing standing ovation.


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Asia Argento and JT LeRoy kicked off the American Pavilion's panel series Sunday afternoon. Aregento and LeRoy were both late to their panel, undoubtedly causing a bit of panic to organizers. The large crowd grumbled a bit, but took it in stride after they arrived, giving them a warm reception. The reclusive LeRoy, the author of the book that inspired the film, "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things," seemed nervous on stage initially, but then seemed to almost enjoy the conversation.


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Also a bit nervous at the start of a dinner party in honor of "Mondovino" was the film's director Jonathan Nossiter (right). If there was any behind-the-scenes hitch happening, nobody lucky enough to secure an invitation to the dinner noticed. Nossiter and staff poured exquisite wines from some of Europe's honored growers, including subjects in his film, which takes a look at the affects of globalization on the culture and industry of wine. John Sloss (Cinetic Media/Sloss Law), who is repping the film, has a chat with Nossiter between tastings.


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iPOP happened upon a cool duo at the "Mondovino" dinner. Our table, which included a crew from Variety, didn't seem to be exactly high on the serving staff's ranking in the dispensing of the wine, but Paradiso Filmed Entertainment president Martien Uyttendaele (right) and the BeNeLux-based (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) distributor's sales & marketing manager Yosha Margherita were allies in the pursuit of fine wine (and their French ability was fantastique!).


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The arts group that managed a mini-riot at the Festival des Cannes' opening last week continued their action over the weekend with small demonstrations and dramatic photo ops such as this on the Croisette, which made its way into the local papers this week.


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United Artists acquisitions exec Jack Turner, Cinetic Media's Erin Heidenreich, and Samuel Goldwyn acquisitions exec Peter Goldwyn take a load off late-night over the weekend at Le Grand Hotel, at the popular bar in the patio. The venue continues to attract film industry people this year.


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Dreamworks held a huge press event for its upcoming animated film "Shark Tale," bringing out some star power for promotion including Angelina Jolie, Will Smith and Jack Black as well as Jeffrey Katzenberg. During the press luncheon, Black took it upon himself to chat informally with some of the press, while standing and eating his food.


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After lunch, press from around the world lined up along the pier and beachfront for quick interviews with Jolie, Black and Smith. The stars floated by on a shark-shaped boat off shore later on as photographers shot furiously. This pic captures only some of the actual press presence there, not to mention the number of people with television cameras and professional cameras lining the entrance to the Carlton Hotel's beach who did not get in.


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