Find out more from Day 2 at Cannes after the jump... Another 8.30am screening this morning, and one of the biggies, at least in terms of resonance beyond the insular bubble of Cannes. In fact, Oliver Stone's Wall St: Money Never Sleeps is attracting plenty of attention here, too, going by the mob scene at the Palais Des Festivals this morning, meaning I was stuck high up at the back and side of the balcony. Should have arrived earlier, evidently.
Reactions have been mostly positive but I had a few reservations about this sequel, set more than two decades after the original Wall Street, on the brink of the 2008 financial collapse. Lacking the more linear story arc of Wall Street, this one presents an array of characters and relationships, while sneaking in lots of necessary exposition about the collapse of sub-prime equities, credit default swaps and the like.
Recognising that endless scenes of men talking or looking at computer screens isn't very cinematic, Stone makes its young Wall St trader protagonist (Shia LaBeouf) a motorcyle nut, so he can have implausible cellphone conversations while burning rubber in Manhattan. Wouldn't it be, like, noisy? There's also a random motorcyle race between Shia and his nemesis Josh Brolin. Something to put in the trailer, I guess.
After that, I moderated a panel at the UK Film Centre called "Market Intelligence: What Really Sells", which aimed to spill the secrets of the brutal marketplace to British writers, directors and producers. Hey, it's not all about sipping champagne with Paris Hilton at the Hotel Du Cap, you know. Sadly, in my case, it's not ever about that, but I endure.
In other news, my second film of the day was Chatroom, a teen thriller starring Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy, Kick-Ass) heading up a talented, photogenic young cast. Of which, sadly, the less said the better.
Anyway, the trailer for Wall Street 2 is below... see you tomorrow...