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QT @ Cannes


#1

The opening ceremonies for Cannes were held earlier today, but for those of you that missed the red carpet affair as well as QT’s (un-inspired) speech, its coming on again at 11:00 pm on IFC.


#2

OK, here we go. Pictures and commentaries directly from Quentin Tarantino live at Cannes. I found them at the official Cannes Film Festival site, so this is absolutely true and official news:



The traditional jury press conference, attended by President Quentin Tarantino and members Emmanuelle Béart, Edwidge Danticat, Tilda Swinton, Kathleen Turner, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jerry Shatzberg, Tsui Hark and Peter Von Bagh, presented a group looking forward to watching the work of others.



Quentin Tarantino on what a good film is made of: “There is no set answer, especially with 19 films never seen before. It would be wrong to have a criteria, we’ll know it when we see it.”



Quentin Tarantino on what the Festival means to him: “When I first heard of Cannes, I was eight or nine years old. I must have read an article in the newspaper about the winner. As a cinephile, for me Cannes is heaven…all right. If you love cinema, Cannes is heaven and three times here I have gone to heaven. I dreamed about coming to Cannes with my first film, Reservoir Dogs, and I did. My next dream was to win the Palme d’Or and I did with Pulp Fiction. And my next dream was to be on the jury and here I am president of the jury, all right! So if there is another level of heaven…”



Jerry Schatzberg on jury duty: "I come to Cannes for the food, drink and women…fantastic interchanges, anecdotes, laughs…”



Benoît Poelvoorde on jury duty: “I’m not happy. I’m very disappointed to not have been appointed president of the jury. I spoke with Thierry [Frémeau, Festival artistic director], but no such luck. I have had a film selected by Gilles Jacob in the past and I didn’t win a single prize. And I intend to get my revenge and therefore I intend to see that a mediocre film wins.”



Tsui Hark on jury duty: "I’m happy to know that I’m in heaven. I think of myself as the devil in the group and it’s good to know there are others…”



Quentin Tarantino on Kill Bill:

"Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 will be shown as one version, the Japanese version, on the Sunday after the awards. The is the best way for Kill Bill in Cannes, as a giant 4 hour opus."



Quentin Tarantino on the showbiz union strikes:

"I don’t understand it. I’m not a French citizen. My concern is to watch the films here at Cannes.”








“When I first heard of Cannes, I was eight or nine years old. I must have read an article in the newspaper about the winner. As a cinephile, for me Cannes is heaven…all right. If you love cinema, Cannes is heaven and three times here I have gone to heaven. I dreamed about coming to Cannes with my first film, Reservoir Dogs, and I did. My next dream was to win the Palme d’Or and I did with Pulp Fiction. And my next dream was to be on the jury and here I am president of the jury, all right! So if there is another level of heaven…”







The Cannes International Film Festival is officially open. It was Pedro Almodóvar and his film crew representing Bad Education (La Mala educación) who had the honors of being the first to do the red carpet walk for this 57th edition. The celebrities arriving for the opening ceremony included Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (Culture Minister), Marc Tessier (president of FranceTélévisions), producer Jacques Perrin, director Christophe Barratier and actors Max Von Sydow, Gérard Jugnot, Laetitia Casta, Natacha Régnier, François Berléand and Vincent Perez, the latter who is in Cannes promoting the Un Certain Regard opening film from director Léa Fazer entitled Bienvenue en Suisse.



The union strikers were also up front and centre, in the spirit of “negotiation”. And of course, all the jury members paraded up the red carpet as did jury president Quentin Tarantino accompanied by Sofia Coppola. The finale of the this red-carpet walk was marked by the presence of Pedro Almodóvar and his two young leading actors Fele Martinez and Gael Garcia Bernal.



Laura Morante, Mistress of Ceremony, presented the opening ceremony and jury. A very enthusiastic Tarantino announced: "I love cinema and it’s an honour for me to be president at this magnificent festival. VIVE LE CINEMA!!! " It was Pedro Almodóvar who had the honours of announcing the 57th edition of the Cannes Festival officially open, and who dedicated the event to the victims of the Madrid terrorist attacks last March. Dim the lights, start the projectors…





#3







haha that’s a great Stevie Wonder impression


#4

qt in cannes (joblo 1)

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=4277



http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=4279



press folder and interview (french):

<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.cannes.fr/Francais/edition20 … fest04.pdf”>http://www.cannes.fr/Francais/edition2000/cannessoleil31/specfest04.pdf</LINK_TEXT>


#5

[quote]press folder and interview (french):

<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.cannes.fr/Francais/edition20 … fest04.pdf”>http://www.cannes.fr/Francais/edition2000/cannessoleil31/specfest04.pdf</LINK_TEXT>
[/quote]

Cool, but could someone PLEASE translate it in good English? thanks


#6

Where is our beautiful MiaWallece?

She is from France and speaks very good english!





Mia? Mia! We need a translation…


#7

What, you’re serious?



Okay, so i translate my part.



Special Cannes Festival 2004.

www.Cannes.fr.

Cannes - sun.

The Cannes magazine.



Interview with Quentin Tarantino.



Cannes festival, May 12th - 23rd.




The other pages are not interesting. ;D


#8

[quote]Where is our beautiful MiaWallece?

She is from France and speaks  very good english!





Mia? Mia! We need a translation…[/quote]

Oh! How you’re talking to a newbie! :o What is that?


#9

Ma chére newby!

Tu mérites un(e) award pour cette résponse! Tu fais me rire. ;D ;D ;D



Newby, hehehe, I hope Seb will find out what happened with your name here yesterday… Hey someone has stolen MiaWallece name!


#10

[quote]


Oh! How you’re talking to a newbie! :o What is that?[/quote]

your avatar is the sexiest :wink:


#11

some photos…



http://fr.news.yahoo.com/040516/74/3sy8z.html



http://fr.news.yahoo.com/040516/74/3sy88.html



http://fr.news.yahoo.com/040516/74/3sy82.html



http://fr.news.yahoo.com/040516/74/3sy7v.html


#12

Is Uma pregnant again?


#13

It certainly looks like it.


#14

And check this out of course:



<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.festival-cannes.fr/journal/i … 02&jour=16”>http://www.festival-cannes.fr/journal/index.php?langue=6002&jour=16</LINK_TEXT>


#15

[quote]Is Uma pregnant again?[/quote]

Yes, and we are very proud. Don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet.


#16

you know what? THAT is HIS baby. seriously. I bet 5 dollars on that… pay you a 5-bucks milkshake if i lose…


#17

[quote]you know what? THAT is HIS baby. seriously. I bet 5 dollars on that… pay you a 5-bucks milkshake if i lose…[/quote]

Yeah that also crossed my mind. Only a father of the child lays his hand all over your big belly when pregnant! ;D :o


#18

How cool is this? I just found this in a german site:Cannes - Die US-Regisseure Quentin Tarantino und Milos Forman haben am Rande der Filmfestspiele in Cannes eine besondere Ehrung bekommen. Der französische Kulturminister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres ernannte den tschechischstämmigen Forman am Dienstag zum Ritter der Ehrenlegion; Tarantino wurde zum Offizier der Künste und Literatur erhoben. Forman sei “ein Meister des Weltkinos, der die Grenzen hinter sich ließ”, sagte der Minister in seiner Laudatio. Tarantino nannte er ein “Enfant terrible des Weltkinos”, der sich im “Kampf um kreative Freiheit” verdient gemacht habe. (AFP)



It means that Milos Forman and Quention Tarantino got today some special honours.

Now Tarantino is an Officier of Art and Literature!

Anybody read about this?


#19

maybe she is just getting fat?





seriously she dont look big in this pic




#20

Qt talks in Cannes about film industrie:





Director blames elitism and absence of stars for declining fortunes of home-grown movies, as opening feature breaks festival tradition



Charlotte Higgins in Cannes, Thursday May 13, 2004, The Guardian



Quentin Tarantino, the president of the Cannes film festival jury, yesterday blamed the exodus of British film stars for the UK’s ailing movie industry.

The director of Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction said the country suffered because its most successful actors headed to America in search of mega-stardom.

“People go to films to see stars,” he said. “When countries had their own stars, they had an industry. There are only three countries in the world now with sustainable film industries - America, India and Hong Kong. What do they have in common? These countries have stars whom the public want to see.”

Speaking on the first day of the world’s most prestigious film festival, he said it was “easy and popular and fun” to demonise Hollywood blockbusters. "But a country cannot exist on auteur films alone - you need every type of film there is. Otherwise it’s not an industry, it’s a boutique.

“In Britain, in its heyday in the 1960s, every type of film was being made that could be made … the Carry On films weren’t art, but they were very funny.”

In return the British actor Tilda Swinton, a member of the Cannes jury, attacked Hollywood’s domination of the UK film culture. “Yes, a film culture cannot rely only on one brand,” she said. “But no film culture can be based on only Hollywood imports. In Britain multiplexes outnumber art cinemas 10 to one. It’s difficult for audiences to find a different sort of cinema, and difficult for film-makers and critics to think of making a different sort of cinema.”

The debate is particularly apposite in a year when Hollywood is making its presence felt more than ever at the festival. Shrek 2 and Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake of The Ladykillers are in competition, Troy, and Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 2 are screening out of competition. A panoply of stars is expected, including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron and Tom Hanks.

The first movie at the festival, however, was Spanish - and managed to break one of its most revered traditions: that the opening film should be truly abysmal.

Pedro Almodóvar’s Mala Educación (Bad Education) explores the experiences of two schoolboys in a religious school in the 1970s, one of whom suffers abuse at the hands of his teacher, a priest. The film, which has been warmly received, is highly critical of the Roman Catholic church.

Almodóvar said yesterday: “I believe it is not necessary to be anti-clerical. The church is destroying itself every time it speaks to the press. At least in Spain, it is its own worst enemy … the relationship Spain has with the church is one based on idolatry. It is almost a pagan relationship.” He said the film was deeply personal. “I knew priests who acted like that and children who suffered that kind of abuse.”

Aside from the glitz and the hoopla, Cannes was breathing a sigh of relief that a feared series of disruptions and protests by French show-business workers had been averted. Les intermittents du spectacle, as they are known, embrace professions from technicians and stage hands to actors and musicians and are in dispute with the government about proposed reforms to a system that allows them an income while they are not working. The row has been rumbling on since last summer, when two of France’s most famous performing arts festivals, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, had to be cancelled because of strikes.

Last-minute negotiations between trade unions and festival organisers meant the worst of the disturbances were averted. The protesters won the right to be received on the red carpet at the opening festivities, and will hold public forums later in the festival to air their views.

Typically, Tarantino distanced himself from the controversy. “I am here to watch films,” he said.

Security has been tightened, with audiences being routinely searched and a high police presence. The British pavilion has been moved inside a secure, gated area.

One of the films sure to cause a stir is Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which outlines alleged links between the Bush and Bin Laden families. Disney has refused to distribute the film in the US.

But, according to Tarantino, the film’s politics will not affect its reception by the jurors. “It’s going to fall down on whether we like the movie. Politics be damned.”