Stop Making Me Wish I Was In Cannes

After attending the Cannes Film Festival last May, there is no other place I would rather be next week than this year’s festival. Unfortunately, this thing called “graduation” is looming and a severe lack of money prevented me from going back. I was fine with this scenario until a few weeks ago when the official lineup was announced. That just made me want to go back even more.

Then today the American Pavilion announced its preliminary lineup of panels and discussions.

The American Pavilion

The list of panel topics and speakers (after the jump) makes me want to sell a few organs and hop on the next plane to France. Oh well, c’est la vie.

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2010 Cannes Lineup Announced

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival (can I go back yet?) has announced its lineup for the 2010 festival. Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is set to open the festival on May 12. Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger are screening out of competition.

But I am more excited for the In Competition and Un Certain Regard screenings.  Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu, Abbas Kiarostami, Mathieu Almaric, Mike Leigh, Manouel de Oliveira, Jean-Luc Godard and Cristi Puiu all have films screening.

The complete lineup is after the jump:

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Les Winners

I’m leaving for the US in a few minutes so I am going to quickly post the Cannes Film Festival winners.

Palme d’Or

The White Ribbon – dir. Michael Haneke

Grand Prix

A Prophet – dir. Jacques Audiard

Special career prize

Alain Resnais

Best Actor

Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist

Best Director

Filipino Brillante Mendoza – Kinatay

Best Screenplay

Mei Feng – Spring Fever

Jury prize (shared)

Fish Tank – dir. Andrea Arnold

Thirst – dir. South Korean Park Chan-Wook

Camera D’Or (for debut film)

Samson and Delilah – dir. Warwick Thornton

Best short film

Arena – dir. Joao Salaviza

Last Few Days

Today is the last day of the festival. I saw Un Prophete, which is rumored to win the Palme d’Or. I’m sad the festival is over but I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer.

I finished my internship on Friday. It was a good experience, but I never want to work in pubic relations again.

Yesterday I went on a day trip to Eze, a small town about 40 minutes from Cannes. I took a ton of pictures and video which I will upload – along with all of my pictures when I get back to NJ.

I’ll update again when I get back to the States.