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Cannes 2007.5: It’s Always Midnight Somewhere

Cannes 2007.5: It's Always Midnight Somewhere

So far, I’ve attended each midnight screening of the fest (all two), with my hopes high for tonight’s midnight premiere of U2 3D. The other two, though, were BIG disappointments. The Johnnie To/Tsui Hark/Ringo Lam action flick, Triangle, is the worst kind of all-star collaboration. Each master gives about a third of his talent to the project, which makes each moment feel forced and unoriginal. Not to mention, the film is just downright confusing. Not in that “I don’t get it” kinda way… but in that “They obviously weren’t on the same page” kinda way. Too bad.

The other, Olivier Assayas’ Boarding Gate, is also a big miss. Starring Asia Argento as a tormented woman on the run from the police after killing her lover (Michael Madsen), the film starts off promising with not much happening but pointless dialogue. And then, more pointless dialogue. And then, some more. And then, 45 minutes into it, Argento kills Madsen. From there, it’s a globe-hopping, go-nowhere faux thriller trying for espionage. I don’t really understand why this was programmed at midnight. It lacks any sense of energy. Though, Triangle more than compensates with its directionless assaults.

Otherwise, it’s been a good Cannes. I’m finding myself more and more taken with Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division film, Control. I dunno if non-fans will care much, though. I’m in the American Pavilion now, having just completed a sit-down chat with some of the college students volunteering here. Darrien Gipson from SAG Indie recruited me to do a quick mentoring chat, and it didn’t seem too boring for them. Next up, more screenings and more meetings. Here are some new pics:

(Walking up the steps of the Palais, into the Lumiere.)

(Filmmaker/actor/skateboarder Spike Jonze attends a cocktail reception at the Carlton, for his new project with Charlie Kaufman, ‘Synecdoche, New York.’ It is currently in production, with Kaufman directing and Jonze producing.)

(Attorney and film producer Roger Kass hangs with Unifrance’s Aurelie Godet at the Grand Hotel.)

(Chilean wunderkind Nicolas Lopez attended Cannes to sneak some footage from his upcoming, sophomore feature, ‘Santos.’ Nicolas, who is suited up for the ‘Zodiac’ premiere, had the North American Premiere of his first film, ‘Promedio Rojo,’ at SXSW in 2005.)

(It’s always fun to meet up with Canadian documentary filmmaker Ron Mann. Ron’s in Cannes meeting about several upcoming projects, including a Chuck Klosterman adaptation.)

(What would Cannes be without the occasional yacht party? This is Jared Moshe from Sidetrack Films and Charlotte Koh from Future Films, on the Future yacht during a small cocktail gathering.)

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