Just arrived in Cannes, picked up the car and dropped bags off at villa and now off to pick up badge and tickets, hopefully in time to catch the 3pm screening of Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet which Screen have just given a great review.
[update: missed ‘A Prophet’ – by the time we’d got up our badges, dashing down the Croisette to pickup invitations and then back to the Lumiere for 3pm didn’t seem feasible – in fact I missed all three screenings of it that I attempted to make this week, obviously I wasn’t meant to see this film here, which is extra annoying as going back over the week I think it probably was the one film I would have enjoyed the most and I suspect a strongcontender for the Palm D’Or. Still at least I have it to look forward to when back in London – Optimum are realising it in the UK later this year]
Popped in to the UK film pavilion and caught the end of interesting panel hosted by Power to the Pixel on digital financing and distribution. Left the UK film pavilion and headed next door to AmPav to get some sun and read the dailies.
Grabbed dinner at La Pizza and then went off to meet friends at the Petit Majestic (as the de-facto and cheap, by Cannes standards, late night drinking hole de choix, the recession seems to have worked in their favour, certainly no sign of a slowdown here) finally finishing the night off in a more civilised fashion at the Grand (although after paying €12 for a small glass of Rose you feel like you’ve just been mugged, kicked in the gutter and then propped up in a plastic seat on the lawn, no wonder the Petit Majestic is rammed)