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No Cannes Do

No Cannes Do

So, tomorrow most of the U.S. film industry heads off to the Cannes Film Festival. I’d like to take this time to thank all the companies and publicists who have kindly invited me to their parties, cocktail receptions, and blow-outs at various clubs, houses, beaches, and yachts. And to all of them, I’ll use this blog to RSVP with a “sorry, I won’t be there.”

I can’t go to Cannes this year. There are several reasons, some work-related and some personal. Among the work-related, this week is when we truly get swinging with pre-production on the second season of our TV show, SXSW Presents. There will be more on that soon enough. But for now, I’ll go on about how I’m sure Cannes will be spectacular this year.

Aside from the heavy industry attendance and the amazing parties planned, the lineup of films appears to be especially compelling. This, of course, helps cement part of my prediction of December 2004 that this year would be a particularly strong one for festival programming. This proved true with Sundance, Tribeca, and – yes – SXSW. The Cannes 2005 lineup looks like no exception. If I was gonna be there, I would do all I could to check out Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, Johnny To’s Election, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, The Dardennes’ The Child, Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, Lars von Trier’s Mandelay, Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies, Martha Fiennes’ Chromophobia, and Michael Haneke’s Hidden. And those are just the premieres.

So, anyway, I look forward to reading about how these and more are received… and hopefully catch them at the next festival stop. And my party RSVPs will be different that time around.

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