“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.
UpandComers.net made its way to Cannes Film Festival yesterday. 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!
It was meant to be an early night and an early start for day two in Cannes, but when in Cannes …
I made it to the Palais des Festivals close to 8am, much too late to even bother getting in line for the morning screening of Jacques Audiard’s new film “Rust and Bone” (which was invitation only anyway). Instead, I headed for a market screening of the Dakota Fanning-starrer “Now Is Good.” You can read my review closer to the release date.
After that, it was back to the Palais where I checked in with the end of the “Rust and Bone” press conference and then managed to grab some lunch. It’s common sense, but never eat right by the Palais – prices are extortionate! Walking only five minute down the road, or through to an adjacent road can cut your meal and drink costs in half!
This afternoon’s screening of “Rust and Bone” was invitation only again but I tried my luck and managed to get an excellent seat up in the Gods of the Grand Theatre Lumiere. The cinema is immense,set over two floors. I’ve yet to see the orchestra seats but the balcony seats are steep. I hope no-one up their suffered from vertigo. “Rust and Bone” was a beautiful film, and you can read my review of the film here. The lines here for most screenings are always busy and I’m learning to get there as soon as possible, which is admittedly hard when you’re in other screenings, or trying to deal with the hordes of tourists crowding the Croisette (oh dear, I sound like a self-entitled film journalist already!)
After the late afternoon screening, it was straight to the press room to sit with dozens of other harried journalists filing our stories, and now, time to check out another market screening … maybe “Love and Honor”?