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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 3

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 3

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 3

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The first weekend has ended, and it seems people are hitting their festival stride. So far, the general consensus is that this year’s Festival de Cannes is a good one. Not quite the negativity that permeated last year. Events continued Monday with parties of course. “Kill Bill” had a party. The event was held a bit far out of town, but word on the street (AKA, our friends) was that it wasn’t all that, so iPOP doesn’t feel too guilty about missing it. Canada threw a fun bash on the beach, however. It was completely packed, and one irreverent non-Canadian jokingly commented, “Damn, everyone in Canada must be here.”

Actor John Leguizamo took part in a discussion with admirers at the American Pavilion, moderated by indieWIRE’s editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez on Sunday afternoon. It was a perfect opportunity for questions from the audience to pitch their own projects, and for Leguizamo to support the debut of his pic “Chronicas,” playing in the Un Certain Regard, which Leguizamo calls the “un certain disregard.”

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The Hamptons International Film Festival’s executive director Denise Kasell and head of programming Raj Roy hosted a lovely cocktail party at the “Plage des Palmes” cafe near the Palais Sunday afternoon. The event was co-sponsored with Film Finders and FCG (Festival Consulting Group), which announced the launch of their new company.

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Jon Fitzgerald co-founder of Slamdance, as well as former chief of AFI and Santa Barbara (and more) takes in a little sun with new partner Mitch Levine former head of Palm Springs International Film Festival (y mas) who announced the formation of their new company, Festival Consulting Group at the party co-sponsored with the Hamptons and Film Finders.

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The Canadians held a bash for their Cannes delegation, sponsored by Telefilm Canada on the beach in Cannes Sunday night. Among those walking in the sand speaking to press and friends were Toronto International Film Festival Group chairman Piers Handling (left) with the new head of the Toronto International Film Festival Noah Cowan. TIFF is the main event of the TIFF Group, which also organizes the annual Sprockets children’s film festival and Cinematheque Ontario among other programs.

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Critics Week director Chris Landreth (“Ryan”) was among the filmmakers in the crowd socializing. The schmooze factor eventually gave way to dancing to ’80s tunes as the night wore on.

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Telefilm Canada’s Brigitte Hubmann seemed relieved the party had gone underway with all having good times Sunday night. She is pictured here with her arm over Laurence Kardish, senior curator at MoMA.

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Nothing like communing with nature, especially when combined with a cocktail party. François Prévost co-director of doc, “What Remains of Us,” a special screening in Critics Week with Kalsang Dolma, a main figure in the doc take a moment by the sea.

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