Cannes Film Festival Wrap-Up – Day #1

REVIEWS

Robin Hood (Out of Competition)

  • Even thought it has already been widely seen, Robin Hood opened the Cannes Film Festival to continuing mixed, but mostly negative reviews. For more details see my review round-up of the film.

On Tour (Tournee) (In Competition)

  • The only other film that played on the first day to a select number of critics was Mathieu Almaric’s On Tour. Guy Lodge saw the film and thought it made for much better first day fare than Robin Hood. He calls it “a gentler character comedy than might have been anticipated, built less around onstage antics than droll backstage exchanges and fleeting encounters” in his 3 out of 4 star review. [In Contention]
  • Brad Brevet also saw the film and offers the same mild praise saying: “while the film didn’t bowl me over there is an undeniable playful and inviting quality to it — primarily to its characters.” He gives the film a modest B-. [Rope of Silicon]
  • Jonathan Romney seems to agree with the much held sentiment that Mathieu Almaric is a stronger force in front of the camera than behind it. [Screen]

DISTRIBUTION DEALS

  • In the first day of the festival, not a whole lot in terms of major distribution deals have surfaced, but in a more curious bit of news Alliance Films will be co-financing the production of the ghost drama The Woman in Black, based on a classic ghost story by Susan Hill. James Watkins is directing and going to make the film 3D. Strange decision considering the stage play version of the film has been running for 20 years in London without any visual effects. [Deadline Hollywood]

OTHER POSTS

  • Sasha Stone blogs about the troubles with a “lowly yellow press badge”. [Awards Daily]
  • Claude Brodesser-Akner posts the four questions that will define Cannes dealmaking this year. [Vulture]

PICTURES

  • Cate Blanchett in a beautiful gown for the red carpet premiere of Robin Hood. [Awards Daily]
  • (Below) With all the press in Cannes, it’s prime time for the studios to plaster the streets with promotional billboards. [First Showing]

VIDEO

  • Jeff Wells posts some somewhat candid footage of Russell Crowe showing his usual disdain for the mainstream media before the rest of the cast and crew join him for the Cannes Press Conference. [Hollywood Elsewhere]

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