Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 – 23), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from France. All times listed are local French time.
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5:30 PM: McCarthy on “Carlos”: “An astonishing film.” – Todd McCarthy has many good things to say about Olivier Assayas’s epic “Carlos” on his blog:
“‘Carlos’ is everything ‘Che’ wanted to be and much, much more—a dynamic, convincing and revelatory account of a notorious revolutionary terrorist’s career that rivets the attention during every one of its 321 minutes. In what is certainly his best work, French director Olivier Assayas adopts a fleet, ever-propulsive style that creates an extraordinary you-are-there sense of verisimilitude, while Edgar Ramirez inhabits the title role with arrogant charisma of Brando in his prime. It’s an astonishing film.” [Read the full review here.]
5:02 PM: Indie Producers at AmPav—“Don’t get in it for the money. Work for free. If you want to make money be a distributor.” This is what the producers of the panel held at the American Pavilion today had to say to any young aspiring producers looking to do what they do.
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The panel, moderated by James Rocchi, included Adele Romanski (“The Myth of the American Sleepover”), Vince Jolivette (“A Clerk’s Life”), Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen (“Shit Year”), and Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, and Jamie Patricof (“Blue Valentine”).
“People ask me a lot what it is I do and the real question is what don’t I do,” said Howell. “I always want to get to know a director well before I work with him,” Patricof said. “It’s like a marriage.” [Carter Glascock]
4:15 PM: Next Stop: Monaco—The International Emerging Film Talent Association, who have brought a large group of Ethiopian filmmakers to the Cote d’Azur, is making its next stop: Monaco, where the filmmakers will have their short documentaries screened in Monte Carlo in an event hosted by the University of Monaco.
In a statement, the director of the IEFTA Marco Orsini said, “part of our mandate is to get these films viewed by the Ethiopians as well as abroad. If you look at how successful Nigeria and South Africa have been with their film markets, you can understand how that potential can be reached in this country.”
Among the films to be screened in Monte Carlo are “Beyond Tolerance” by Awet GebreEgziabher, about a church and a mosque separated by a street, and “Dancing for Unity” by Moges Tafesse, about an Ethiopian dance club that performs in different areas of their community. [Carter Glascock]
3:56 PM: The Fleecing of America—“You were robbed. There was a bank robbery. And the bank robbery wasn’t done by someone who came in with a gun, it was the bank president.” That is the conclusion of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) whose doc, “Inside Job,” depicts one of the largest heists in history, breaking down the complexities that led to the rise of an out of control industry and the financial meltdown of 2008, plunging the world into crisis at a cost of $20 trillion and along with it millions of people’s jobs, homes, and dignity. Read more here. [Brian Brooks]
2:34 PM: “Heartbeats” & “Prey” Go To IFC – IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s “Heartbeats” and Antoine Blossier’s “Prey” from Paris-based Rezo, the company announced Wednesday in Cannes. Full acquisition story at indiewire.com. [Brian Brooks]
11:46 AM: Marathon Movie — As the festival hits Wednesday, Cannes attendees are settling in for a 5+ hour film, namely Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos” now at the Lumiere theater. Cold and rainy weather here make for an ideal day to take in a long movie. [Eugene Hernandez]
11:00 AM: SXSW Title Nabbed in Market — Rising indie distributor Phase 4 Films, in Cannes for the second time, has scooped up North American rights from the Cannes Film Market to SXSW audience-award-winner Brotherhood. Berry Meyerowitz, president & CEO of the year-old distrib, plans a late 2010 release for rookie director Will Canon’s college fraternity hazing thriller starring Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Arlen Escarpeta, and Lou Taylor Pucci. The film is based on Canon’s NYU film school short Roslyn, which aired on HBO, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. Canon participated in the new Directors Lab at Fox Searchlight. [More at Thompson On Hollywood]