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Cannes 2007.8: Boulevard de la Mort

Cannes 2007.8: Boulevard de la Mort

Tuesday night in Cannes was all about Tarantino. Last night was the world premiere of the new, two-hour version of Death Proof (or, Boulevard de la Mort for the French), his half of the Grindhouse release (which will be split in two for European audiences). I co-hosted the IFC red carpet show again, which was a blast, especially when the Cannes red-carpet DJ decided to spin some Tarantino tunes from his various films. Matt Singer from IFC, and I probably danced a bit too much to “Jungle Boogie.” It wasn’t pretty. Afterwards was the sincerely enjoyable Death Proof after-party, which fulfilled the tone of the film by offering up hot dogs, veggie burgers, popcorn, and vintage “grindhouse” trailers projected on the walls. I met up with Toronto’s “Midnight Madness” programmer Colin Geddes and European Fantastic Film Festival Federation’s Christian Hallman, and soon found ourselves led to the VIP area thanks to filmmaker Eli Roth (who has a small role in Death Proof). Here are some pics from that night and more:

(A familar scene at Cannes: pal Winnie Lau fom Fortissimo Films takes calls in her office at the Grand Hotel. Her company is selling about a dozen projects at both the festival and the market.)

(Hanging out at the Variety party poolside at the Majestic, is acclaimed British documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker, indieWIRE editor Brian Brooks, and Swedish producer Fredrik Carlstrom.)

(Over at the Fortissimo Films party at the beach – which is always a fun Cannes time – filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and actress Rose McGowan pose for some pics. When I chatted with Robert briefly, he pointed to his trademark cowboy hat and said, “I’m representin’ for Austin.”)

(Enjoying a veritable world-cinema powwow at the Fortissimo party, are actress Michelle Yeoh laughing with actress Tilda Swinton and master cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch hangs in the background.)

(Me with Korean Fim Council chairwoman Ahn Cheong-sook, at the Korean Film Night party. Photo by Brian Brooks.)

(Quentin Tarantino works the crowd at his ‘Death Proof’ after-party on Tuesday night.)

(Goldie Hawn leads the way as she and ‘Death Proof’ star Kurt Russell arrive to the party.)

(‘Hostel’ director Eli Roth chats with EFFF chief Christian Hallman at the ‘Death Proof’ event. Toronto programmer Colin Geddes hangs out next to Christian.)

(Our Palme d’Or ceremony continues… Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films, far right, shares his award with THINKFilm’s Ben Stambler as Picturehouse’s Lindsay Crain looks on in awe.)

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