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Cannes Flashback 2006: Shortbus, Southland Tales, Volver

Cannes Flashback 2006: Shortbus, Southland Tales, Volver

As we get ready for the annual Cannes Film Festival, I wanted to share some photos from Cannes past. Here are some that I took during the 2006 event:

(The view from the Croisette, to a busy Majestic Beach: the location for sunbathing, parties, and very many photo shoots.)

(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.)

(The super-sweet John Cameron Mitchell, wearing a gray suit and shorts, exiting the Grand Lumiere after the world premiere of his new film, ‘Shortbus.’ The second feature from the man who brought us ‘Hedwig & the Angry Inch,’ this project has been in the works for years particularly because of its – quite frankly – hardcore sexual content. Alas, the audience loved it, giving Mitchell a lengthy standing ovation that caused him to burst into tears. I really like this film… now we just have to see if a brave distributor is willing to put its super-controversial subject matter in theaters.)

(After the premiere of the critically-panned ‘Southland Tales,’ director Richard Kelly and star Sarah Michelle Gellar, far left, “enjoy” a standing ovation with co-star The Rock, far right.)

(As a group of us were leaving the Celluloid Dreams party, we witnessed a swarm of people moving in unison down the Croisette. It turns out it was a mass of paparazzi following ‘Volver’ director Pedro Almodovar and his film’s star, Penelope Cruz.)

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