Greetings from the 65th Cannes Film Festival – one of the wettest and coldest on record – the weather seems to have put a damper on the buzz on the films too – very few have been raved about although the critics have been unanimously positive about Michael Haneke’s heart rending Amour / Love.
There are quite a few music luminaries at the festival as directors and actors this year as well as some great music related films and documentaries so here is Gemma’s CineMusica rundown for Cannes 2012…
Kanye West is in town for Cruel Summer …Inspired by the new G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name, CRUEL SUMMER is a fusion of short film and art installation; an immersive “7 Screen Experience” for the eyes and ears unlike anything West has attempted before….
Plus Pete Doherty is not only still alive despite the odds, but acting too! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/pete-doherty-confession-a-child-327296
Nick Cave has collaborated with director John ‘The Road’ Hillcoat for his film Lawless which has been termed a ‘wangster’ movie (western gangster) and is in competition for the coveted Palme D’Or http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/nick-caves-film-genre-for-lawless-a-wangster/story-e6frfmvr-1226362047073
Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and he and Warren Ellis composed the score
Continuing the Aussie connection The Sapphires is an Aussie music film as opposed to a musical – taking place in the late 60’s its a true story about an Aboriginal music group who rose to stardom and went to Vietnam to entertain US Troops – its just been snapped up by Mr Weinstein who knows a thing or two about movies & music.
And the Aussies keep on coming this time in the form of Kylie Minogue who stars in a film (alongside Eva Mendes) that debuted in competition today – called Holy Motors directed by French Bad Boy (aren’t they all bad boys??) director Leos Carax – who came to fame with his stunning Les Amants Du Pont Neuf w/ Juliette Binoche in 1991 – Holy Motors is being hailed as his big return to the Croissette as its 13 years since his last film Pola X
And now for something completely different – the definitely not cute and not Australian Marilyn Manson plays a techno music fan in Quentin Mr Oizo Dupieux ‘s film Wrong Cop which is showing in the Quinzaine Des Realisateurs – a festival separate to the Cannes Film Festival but that runs here concurrently with the aim to bring attention to unknown directors/artists. This clip was shot round the corner from my house in Silver Lake in Bellevue ball park – amazeballs!
‘7 Days in Havana’ – has 7 Directors including Benicio Del Toro and is told in 7 chapters –
the film tells a story of a young American boy who is trying to break into the acting biz and goes to Cuba during a film festival…
The French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles spawned a music fest in the early 1990s Les InRocks and they’ve taken over a snazzy villa (natch) for Cannes Film Fest hosting nightly parties 6 – 11pm The Gossip kicked off the fest last week
And lastly but most definitely not least the Brazilian’s were out in force to support a music doc about the legendary bossa nova proponent Tom Jobim
Cinema Do Brasil had their big party the other night so no doubt there were lots of caipirinha induced hangovers today…