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Cannes 2006.3: ‘The Da Vinci’ Blowed

Cannes 2006.3: 'The Da Vinci' Blowed

Word just about everywhere is that Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code simply sucks. The film opened Cannes on Wednesday night, with a massive party in a massive pyramid. I didn’t attend either, and I’m kinda glad, considering the luker than lukewarm reception the film received. With it opening Friday worldwide, it’ll be curious to see how the negative press will affect May’s great big hope of Hollywood blockbusters. It’s already been an anemic summer at the box office… how long will that last? The best film I saw at the festival and market on Thursday (the first full day) was Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Starring Cillian Murphy in a bloody saga about the origins of the IRA, it’s an engrossing piece of filmmaking and a rather timely portrait of imperialism. On to some pics…

(Hundreds of fans line up to get a peek of the celebs making their way to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ premiere at the Palais.)

(All dressed up and nowhere to go: Another spectacle at the ‘Da Vinci’ premiere was fans dressed in their formal wear but still without tickets. These two girls, who came in from Georgia, were among the eager. Little did the girl on the left know that, after the film, those who had tickets would be making a similar face.)

(While everyone else was at ‘Da Vinci,’ a group of American distributors and programmers opted instead to see the Cannes Market screening of ‘Scenes of a Sexual Nature.’ Sitting my left here are Ben Stambler and Tom Quinn, from Magnolia Pictures. Other companies represented in the house included ThinkFilm, Paramount Classics, Sony Pictures Classics, Wellspring, Samuel Goldwyn, etc. My take: the film wasn’t that great.)

(Among those hanging out late-night at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday, are Cinetic Media’s Dana O’Keefe, left, and IFC Films’ Ryan Werner. Ryan’s all tuxed up from the ‘Da Vinci’ premiere.)

(One of the hot parties Thursday afternoon was definitely hosted by Focus Features, right on the beach. Guests included, l to r, ‘Hollywood Reporter’ columnist Anne Thompson, film rep Jonathan Dana, and Toronto Film Festival head Piers Handling.)

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