CATEGORIES Documentary, Foreign Language, Independent, Deals, Cannes, IFC, Festival Reports, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, Cinematical
Celeb Sightings: Spider-Man co-stars James Franco and Kirsten Dunst were reunited while screening their short films (The Clerk's Tale and Bastard, respectively) at the fest. Should we start the rumor they're dating to take the heat off Ryan and Michelle? The headline "Kate Beckinsale Loses Earring to Breasts" tells you all you need to know about these photos. Speaking of Beckinsale, she's made Vulture's list of the loopiest red carpet dresses of the fest. Somehow they missed Rachel Bilson's tuxedo thingamajig. This is what Chris Tucker looks like now? Valerie Plame and Naomi Watts, who plays her in Fair Game, go do the red carpet cheek to cheek.
Our Coverage: About Fair Game, Joe Utichi writes,"It's mature, smart and engaging and, critically, strikes a new tone for Liman's work, suggesting he's got plenty of versatility ... may not be a perfect film, if it's a statement of intent then there could be plenty of exciting things in his future."
Deals: IFC took Kiarostami's Certified Copy as its second buy of the fest, while Magnolia's Magnet Releasing branch picked up U.S. rights to the killer tire movie Rubber. Mike Fleming at Deadline admittedly too easily jokes that the market is "flat" and "tired" given that Rubber is the biggest buy of the day.
News: Winners of Critics Week awards include the controversial Danish Afghanistan War doc Armadillo, the Swedish cop musical Sound of Noise, Bi, Don't Be Afraid and the shorts Berik and Deeper Than Yesterday.
The Hollywood Reporter already sums up the whole fest, which was apparently not worth the effort spent to get there, especially not for those extra long films.
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the LA Times' Steven Zeitchik talks to Mark Hamill about his new production company and plans for his directorial debut.
Steve Pond at The Wrap directs us to an online petition complaining about the lack of female filmmakers this year.
indieWIRE Love: They've wrapped Day 9. At the time of this writing, Another Year is edging just past Biutiful in a poll asking readers which buzzed about Cannes film they most anticipate. Todd McCarthy looks at a few docs at Cannes, which he notes isn't so great to docs. One of those docs is Inside Job, the press conference for which is covered by Brian Brooks, who quotes director Charles Ferguson: "I hope [the film] makes people angry and it forces the government to take action."
Eric Kohn reviews Fair Game ("only occasionally moves beyond the level of a solid made-for-TV routine") and the Critics Week winner Sound of Noise ("Each scene erupts with innovation at once hilarious and fascinating to watch").
Tweets, Blurbs and Other Buzz:
@cobblehillis (Aaron Hillis of GreenCine Daily): "REBECCA H. (Kerrigan): Puckish career self-critique disguised as deconstructionist biopic of Grace Slick will alienate many. It's brilliant."
@jamesrocchi (of MSN Movies): "REBBECCA H.: Squanders brilliant conceptual ideas taking clumsy swipes at Kerrigan's critics/art-film cliche's. Has defenders smarter than I."
@erickohn (of indieWIRE): "What's particularly striking about Loach's ROUTE IRISH is not the craftmanship but rather the unrelenting bleakness."
@jeffdeutchman (of IFC Films): No film in Cannes '10 has forced me to grapple with its ideas more than Certified Copy. Kiarostami is back."