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Manohla and Ryan, Tony and Pierre

Manohla and Ryan, Tony and Pierre

Last year, one of my favorite on-line experiences from the Cannes Film Festival was the NY Times Cannes Blog, written by Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. Their insights into the day to day grind of the festival, the petty behind the scenes intrigues and reactions to the films, reminded me of the energy and vitality of the screenings. Watching a movie in the Palais is an experience like no other.

This year, I have been listening with great pleasure to the podcasts that Ms. Dargis and Mr. Scott have produced, and they are even more fascinating; Interviews with everyone from IFC Films’ always eloquent Ryan Werner to cinephile extraordinaire Pierre Rissient to the engine of the Cannes Press Conferences (and New York FF regular) Henri Behar. Links to the MP3’s below, so take some time in preparation for the awards tomorrow to give a listen; All signs point to a showdown between Julian Schnabel and the Coens. Will the international jury reject American filmmakers? Will Matthieu Amalric win the Actor award (fingers crossed?) It sounds like it was quite a year at the festival… So much positivity! Can’t wait to see these films stateside…

Ryan Werner with Manohla Dargis
Henri Behar with A.O. Scott
Nick James with Manohla Dargis
Joel and Ethan Coen with A.O. Scott
Pierre Rissient with A.O. Scott
Howard James with Manohla Dargis

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