Cannes 2012 Blog: Day One, or Early Mornings and Long Days… and Lots of Waiting Around

May 17, 2012 | Posted By In Features | 590 Views

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“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us. It is only by constantly analysing and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be.” – Thierry Fremaux.

Today, made its way to Cannes Film Festival. Our first time at the film industry’s biggest event of the year, we’ll be joining some of our favorite rising stars as they also head to the Croisette for the first time, and we’ll aim to bring you as much in-depth coverage as possible, rounding off our days with a daily blog, focusing on the ins and outs of Cannes Film Festival for a first time attendee!

Today started out early. 4:30am early. After making my way to the airport, checking in and passing through a surprisingly short security line, I boarded my plane for Nice. As I wasn’t flying from the capital, I wasn’t expecting to find anyone else specifically going to the festival. But what do you know, the first conversation I overhear is about previous festivals. (They probably won’t read this but hello local cinema programmers and thanks for the advice!)

I could continue on with a then I did this and then I did that, but let’s just say that Cannes is hot and tiring and can be pretty lonely for a first-timer. But persevere.

I headed straight to the lines for the “Moonrise Kingdom” press conference, but as each media outlet is accredited with different colored passes, there’s a long and nervous wait as other passes are allowed in first. Alas, our line was not lucky, and so off we all headed to watch via TV screens. It was great to hear Wes Anderson and the cast of the film talk about their experiences, and once that was finished I dashed off to find the venue for the press screening. Cannes may be the most celebrated and revered film festival in the world, but they really could give us better instructions.

After queuing outside one door for rather a long time (and wondering why no one else was there!) I was finally told I was in the wrong place. Oh Cannes! Luckily I made it into the right screening, and thoroughly enjoyed myself (Read my review here!).

The Cannes Market is a free magazine that has the daily screenings list in it, so after realizing this I grabbed one for a scan. Unsure whether or not press actually have access to market screenings, I decide that on day two I shall try my luck with several of our anticipated films starring rising stars such as Kaya Scodelario, Jeremy Irvine, Felicity Jones and Liam Hemsworth.

By the end of day one, I am (quite literally!) bloodied and battered, but never beaten. It’s an early start tomorrow for the morning screening of “Rust and Bone” but I’ve learned that queuing early is the key in Cannes … that and really comfortable shoes.


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Rebecca has been a contributor to Up & Comers since its humble beginnings and now works behind the scenes editing and sporadically working with Linda on features. By night, Rebecca is a NCTJ Gold Standard qualified journalist living in London and working for HELLO! magazine. On weekends you can find her in the pub. Follow Rebecca’s nonsensical pop culture ramblings here.