Cannes in 60 Seconds - 2009

The uproar about Lars Von Trier's Antichrist spurred interest even higher for attendees who wanted to decide the film's merits for themselves. (For one thing, rumor is circulating that the Cannes version will never be seen again. For another, Mick Jagger hated it, calling it "horrible.") During this morning's screening, however, the "projector broke thirty seconds in," says Todd Brown at Twitch, and this afternoon's was "shut down by a major power outage." His conclusion? "God hates Lars."

Robert Pattinson flew in from filming New Moon in Canada and posed on the beach. He confirmed that the fourth film in the Twilight saga, based on Breaking Dawn, will be made as soon as possible. Penelope Cruz suffered food poisoning last night, but recovered sufficiently to promote the new Almodovar flick (see below). She's also talking about her upcoming musical Nine.

Key Screenings. Competition: Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces (a writer / director grieves for his lost love), Marco Bellocchio's Vincere (Mussolini's secret wife and son). Un Certain Regard: Tales From the Golden Age (urban myths of ordinary people during the Communist era in Romania), Denis Dercourt's Tomorrow at Dawn (one brother tries to save another who is lost in his addiction to historical battles). Directors' Fortnight: Cherien Dabis' Amerrika (Palestinians try to find their place after emigrating to America). Special Screenings: the Dardenne Brothers' Lecon de Cinema.

Films Sold. IFC Films picked up Francois Ozon's "fantastical thriller" Ricky and plans a 2010 release, according to indieWIRE. The flick follows a "unique little boy and the struggles of a working-class single parent in contemporary France." Oscilloscope Pictures will re-release Jules Dassin's 1959 drama The Law in theaters later this year. Check the description at indieWIRE. The film stars Gina Lollobrigida (va-va-voom!) and Yves Montand.

After the jump: Choice Review Quotes!



Celebrities at Cannes

    Actors Rosanna Arquette and Jean-Marc Barr arrive for the screening of the film "Looking For Eric" in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actress Rosanna Arquette arrives for the screening of the film "Looking For Eric" in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Paris Hilton attends the Akvinta Presents 'A Night of Hollywood Domino' at The House at Cannes during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paris Hilton

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    US actress Rosanna Arquette and French actor Jean-Marc Barr arrive for the screening of the movie "Antichrist" directed by Danish director Lars Von Trier in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Paris Hilton attends the Akvinta Presents 'A Night of Hollywood Domino' at The House at Cannes during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paris Hilton

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    US actress Rosanna Arquette and French actor Jean-Marc Barr arrive for the screening of the movie "Antichrist" directed by Danish director Lars Von Trier in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actress Marion Cotillard presents the award to actor David Kross at The Chopard Trophy held at the Martinez Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 18th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marion Cotillard;David Kross

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    US actress Rosanna Arquette and French actor Jean-Marc Barr arrive for the screening of the movie "Antichrist" directed by Danish director Lars Von Trier in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: TV presenter Myleene Klass attends The Chopard Trophy held at the Martinez Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 18th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Myleene Klass

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Jewellery worn by Paris Hilton as she attends the Akvinta Presents 'A Night of Hollywood Domino' at The House at Cannes during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paris Hilton

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Choice Review Quotes. My greatest interest was in the critical reaction to Almodovar's Broken Embraces. Via David Hudson at IFC's The Daily, the early word is mixed to bored.

"Pedro Almodovar offers nothing new in his latest feature [Broken Embraces] but that's probably enough for his devout followers." -- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE.

"Redefining the limits and rules of genres has always interested the Spaniard. But now 'Almódovar' is its own genre - it's several, in fact - and suddenly the director seems boxed in by himsel." -- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe.

"What's missing here is the warmth and emotional honesty that infuses Almodóvar's most successful features." -- Wendy Ide, London Times.

And a couple of others:

"The sort of movie one would have felt privileged to discover on 42nd Street back in the day." -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice, on Johnny To's Vengeance.

"Pitched at a wildly dramatic level. No one declares war. They declare WAR! WAR! WAR! Men and women don't make love. They writhe in passionate, bed-shaking agony because it is all too much. Even picking up a leaflet can't be done simply, it must be SNATCHED up off the ground and READ with a flourish and then TOSSED aside immediately." -- Michael Glitz, The Huffington Post., on Vincere.