Festival de Cannes: APSA Academy Members at the Forefront

The APSA Academy is out in force in Cannes with several of our members serving on Cannes Juries and others preparing for premiere screenings of new work. Lee Chang-dong is Chairing the Jury for the Critics Week sidebar. He is a three-time APSA winner (for Secret Sunshine, A Brand New Life and Poetry) and one […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 12

Last day. It’s been a long ride. Have met many amazing people. Tonight I am attending the closing night film The Tree pre-function party at The Majestic Beach, then the red carpet for The Tree, then Cannes Ceremony followed by the screening and on to the post-party at Cherie Cheri. It will no doubt be […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 11

Had lunch with SPAA president Tony Ginnane today and Julie Marlow. By all accounts it has been a successful Cannes for some producers. Apparently Tavernier’s film has been sold to America for an incredibly high price. Weekends are even busier on the Croisette which is hard to imagine. From the Cannes newsletter – Award Ceremony […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 10

Saw Lee Chang-dong in the street today and said hi. Love that guy and his films! Also saw Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the grande hotel but couldn’t whip out my berry quick enough to get a photo. Tropical Malady and Sydromes and a Century I love. Aiming to see his comp film Uncle Boonmee Who Can […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 9

I am continually gob-smacked by the wealth on the water and that of those treading up and down the Croisette. It is a daily feast for the eyes. This seaside town is dripping with style. I want to photograph them all. The elderly French ladies up on the avenue de grasse where I have been […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 8

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through France Culture held a panel discussion today. Speakers included French actress Juliette Binoche who stars in Abbas Kiarostami’s film Certified Copy (in competition here), Bahman Ghobadi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf. APSA Chairman Des Power and I attended along with leading film media and film festival officials. There is growing […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 7

Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Javier Bardem resonates with some critics here but polarises others. Outrage has also not had good reviews with some critics scratching their heads about the competition lineup. Yet the Japanese appreciate it so is it Westerner’s not understanding? There is still no standout film although some say Poetry […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 6

Lord David Puttnam, producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields was announced last night as the International Jury president for the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards at our international launch. Some 120 guests from the Asia-Pacific film community gathered on the picturesque balcony of the Residence des Festivals overlooking la […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 5

Attended Screen Australia’s distributor function last night and finally got to meet Michael Werner from Fortissimo Films. They have been wonderful supporters of APSA. Michael was in Australia last year for the SPAA conference. Queensland Producer Cathy Overett of New Holland Pictures and I worked the room. They’ve just joined the production of a Finnish-German […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 4

We are preparing for APSA’s International Launch tomorrow evening where our Chairman Des Power will be announcing our Jury President for 2010, exciting news that I look forward to sharing. We have several announcements so stay tuned. The launch is being presented with one of our major partners, FIAPF and their Australian member organisation SPAA […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 3

Met with an independent Iranian distributor today and had a lengthy solemn discussion about the dire state for the film business in a country that once was thriving. Media needs to pay more attention to what is happening in this country. 2000 journalists in prison and short trials followed by executions says it all. Tim […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 2

Things are quiet at the 63rd Cannes. The Riviera is quiet. Travel ash problems haven’t helped but word is that there appears to be a shift for indies who feel going to Berlin is better to do biz rather than here. Apparently American presence is low too. Robin Hood opened last night to lack lustre […]

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2010 Festival De Cannes – Day 1

Well the beach has been cleaned and tidied since the ten metre freak wave hit the coastline last Tuesday. Folk are still rigging pavilions in the international village. All systems go for tonight’s Robin Hood opening. Weather is unseasonably cold. It’s all boots and jackets for now which of course suits me down to a […]

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