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iPOP at the Festival de Cannes 2005, Vol. 1

iPOP at the Festival de Cannes 2005, Vol. 1

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The Festival de Cannes started off a bit slow for us. We missed a connection en route from New York, and then saw three E.U. airports before arriving in Cannes almost 12 hours later then anticipated, dashing our opening night plans. A fellow journalist later said to us right smack in the middle of our post-flights comatose, "What...? You missed opening night? Where have you been!"

Well darlings, everything changed as the weekend approached... A party on a yacht (thanks LAFF), a swanky pier (thanks Picturehouse), the Hotel du Cap (merci "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" -- actually those pics will be in the next iPOP), a villa (thanks MTV) and on the sand along the Med. (thanks American Pavilion and Canadian Pavilion). So, bring on the Rosé, because even if you're not a zillionaire (we're barely a thousandaire) it's possible to temporarily live on a cloud and L-I-V-E at the Festival de Cannes like a Marie Antoinette (sans guillotine). Let us eat cake...










Our friends at Variety hosted their annual American directors panel moderated by Roger Ebert at the Variety Pavilion Saturday afternoon. Among the topics discussed was America... "In America, there's no independence, there's co-dependence," said director Kyle Henry ("Room") at the panel. Pictured from left to right starting in the back are Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane"), Bent Hamer ("Factodum"), Roger Ebert, Miranda July ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Stu Samuels ("Midnight Movies"), IFP chief Michelle Byrd, Kyle Henry, David Jacobson ("Down in the Valley"), Kyle Henry ("Room").


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We scored this quick photo with "Last Days" star Michael Pitt and actor Louis Garrel, who Pitt starred with in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" last year. Usually, if someone closes their eyes, we don't use the photo (we're a professional outfit) but Garrel is so F'n hot, who cares... The party was held at a great space in Cannes following the gala premiere of the film, directed by Gus Van Sant.


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Star DP Christopher Doyle (second from left) said to us when we asked for a pic at the "Last Days" bash, "You're from indieWIRE...? Oh, come with me, I want to introduce you to the future of Chinese cinema." And, here she is... Xin Li (left) hanging out with friends Steve Scheffer, HBO chief (far right) and son, Andrew Scheffer. We were so excited Doyle even knew who we were...


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"I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, What's Your Name...!" OK, we know that we have said, "we're not often star-struck" before in this column, but here goes again... We were completely in stitches watching a mini-set headlined by Michael Pitt at the "Last Days" party, standing next to Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Quite simply, they are gods - we just call it like it is -- and we were so nervous asking if we could take a picture (no reason though, they were completely nice and approachable). Basically we followed them around for like 45 minutes before actually popping the question. Gordon stars in the film, and Moore worked with the feature's music, which Picturehouse will release in July.


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We're totally down with "Down in the Valley" (directed by David Jacobson), but we somehow missed the party the other night. Typically, we're not too into the idea of putting up iPOP photos that we didn't take (it's iPOP, not theyPOP), but Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Norton look so damn hot here, we couldn't resist (thanks mPRm).


Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage








It was a bit of a scuffle trying to get this picture, which was no fault of directors David Cronenberg (left) and Atom Egoyan at an afternoon Canadian reception at the Canada Pavilion Saturday afternoon (scuffle details on the indieWIRE Cannes blog if you've got the time).


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Snapping a pic of our friends Graham Leggat and Marian Masone from the Film Society of Lincoln Center was a much more pleasant experience at the Canadian reception, and they're charming.


Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE








FIND executive director Dawn Hudson and Michael S. Gianino hosted a fabulous get together on the Budweiser yacht (yes, branding exists in France too) for the Los Angeles Film Festival Saturday evening - and what a spread!! A red carpet entrance even for mortals... Cushy slippers to wear on the boat (hot women check shoes on the dock), then you have some Bud, champagne (good stuff too), lobster, shrimp, scallops. And, the yacht next door just happened to be hosting an Italian porn party. Go for it...


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Shortly after we arrived in Cannes, we found out that director Ryan Eslinger (Hamptons' Alfred P. Sloan Foundation winner, "Madness and Genius") signed a deal for a new film gig (with Sharon Stone no less). Eslinger, pictured here at the LAFF party on the boat, is just the coolest most natural guy. No attitude, just smart and nice (and cute). Congrats!


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The picture may look a little Zen, but there was nothing minimal at the MTV party at this big-ass villa in the hills above Cannes for "Kung Fu Hustle." The skinny: It was a hot crowd, and a party that our invitation said, '10:30pm until dawn.' The neighbors must've loved that! We didn't quite hold out that long, in fact, there was a huge crowd waiting on the street to get in as we left at about 1:30am. Getting back home was the real challenge though. People were ruthless boarding the scarce shuttles back to Cannes.


Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE















OK, now some of the more official looking photos. The Festival de Cannes hosts daily press conferences in the "Salle de Conférence de Presse" in the Palais de Festivals in the early afternoons on the day of a film's gala premiere - in this case, Woody Allen's "Matchpoint" (set in London). From what we heard, the film's one of his best in a long time, which is probably why they're holding out for $7 million, according to one of the trades. We also read that he might film an upcoming project in Barcelona. Pictured just before the press conference began are Emily Mortimer, Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.


Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE








As we write this article the "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" premiere is happening outside (we're diligently on our computers working on Monday's issue in the American Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening France time). Director George Lucas, and stars Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen just left the red carpet to wade into the huge throngs of humanity (we can see it on a huge screen by the way). There's an orchestra playing the "Star Wars" theme, and Storm-Troopers are also in the crowd. Not a bad beginning for the end of the "Star Wars" series, which is premiering here now at the Festival de Cannes -- which is by the way, the world's third largest media event after the Olympics and the World Cup, according to a local paper.


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At the press conference with, C-3PO and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).


Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

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