This May 14th, Salma Hayek came to defend the colors of an Italian movie, inspired by a Neapolitan tale of Gianbaptista Basile «Il racconto dei racconti» which, according to its director Matteo Garrone, is the inspiration of all fairy tales including Cinderella. I still remember the interview and the warm welcome of Salma Hayek at her debut in Cannes as soon as she knew that we are compatriots. Moreover, what reporters did not like during this festival is the fact that the film also starring Vincent Cassel is filmed in English and not in Italian. But the director explains well his choice by saying that if he chose English is to publicize this author in the world stating that it was in Italy that he made this film … I loved Charlize Theron, all dressed in yellow, on the red carpet at the arm of Sean Penn for «Mad Max: Fury Road.» I quickly thought about this actor who was accompanied by his ex-girlfriend Robin Wright. He forbade us to photograph them together! In a recent interview of the actress, she tells her joy of leaving him.
Between «Irrational Man» and «The Sea of Trees» it’s the will to live that prevails
On May 16th, having deliberately decided to avoid Moretti’s press conference, I walk in the palace and find that a year later, the coffee whose advertising shows a famous actor, still distributes coffee to all visitors. The room adjoining the press officers allows always to connect easily, however the chairs that were often used by the journalists for rest, who must now sit on uncomfortable chairs, are removed. The computer room for journalists is the only one that is concerned to ensure even a little relaxation. I am pleased to read in the small daily where we find each day a different photo of Ingrid Bergman, at 2 pm, I could see with pleasure in Soixantième «Irrational Man», the film out of competition by Woody Allen. This is the story of a man who has lost all joy. He recovers it however on his arrival at a university as a philosophy teacher, thanks to two women and the fact that he takes a crucial decision, following a conversation overheard in a cafe: to kill a judge. But Joaquin Phoenix, who plays this character, will not long enjoy this revival because of the young university student Emma Stone. I would not say that it is «a masterpiece», as the author admits about his film, I think it’s a very good movie and I had sided with Roy.
I find myself right after in the press conference room of «The Sea of Trees» by Gus Van Sant. This film tells the story of Arthur, aka Matthew McConaughey, who goes to Japan in the forest of Aokigahara to commit suicide. In this film booed by journalists, condemned by critics, we also find Naomi Watts. I must say that during the conference, having not yet seen the film, I was driven mainly by my curiosity to see how the American actor had physically changed since we met during an interview there in Deauville fifteen years ago. I noticed he had longer hair and how he had lost weight, but I was pleasantly surprised by his repartee, his seriousness in wanting to defend the film. Speaking of his character, Matthew said he was reluctant about the decision to take on his suicide. In reality, this is not some sort of morose journey to the end. He tries to do it but he finally rediscovers life. So he decides to give it up. Naomi, meanwhile, explained how she had to prepare, with Matthew, to shoot the film in a few days for economic reasons. «I suggested that we write every day to express the feelings that we must have, the reactions … and when we met, we were ready».
«Amy Winehouse» unforgettable voice told in a beautiful documentary
Getting back to this Sunday, May 17th, around 2 pm, I attended a very moving superb documentary about a singer that I really appreciated, but unfortunately she died young, Amy Winehouse. At the end of the projection I almost regretted having as estimated because I, like thousands of fans caused unintentionally, perhaps, her death. The documentary, signed Asif capada, follows the theme of the song lyrics Amy wrote and that told her life. The problems of a girl who at first sought above all the love of a father who had abandoned her when she was a child and who returned when she became famous. She has always sought his approval and when her best friends advised her to rest a little, her father urged her to go on and to continue appearing on stage. He did not want to believe that she suffered from bulimia, and needed help. In «Rehab», she almost makes a tribute to her father’s decisions. There is also the man she loved, the one who has driven her on the road to drugs, she who was already an alcoholic. Her lover who was not working, but needed money to shoot himself, also took advantage of her … It was at the moment when she decided to resume her life that she dies with an overdose of alcohol. Her heart was weak, could not bear. Shame …
On Monday May 18th, after attending the screening of «Mon Roi» and «Carol», I decided to take a tour, about 5 pm, between the stalls of the film market, get out of the palace and take the path along the shore, the pavilions. My surprise was great to discover that to enter the American pavilion, you had to pay 20 euros. I return to the «short animations» stand where a sponsor offered to all aperitif. I discovered to my surprise that there was, among the competitors in this section, a Lebanese, Ely Dagher, who received the Palme d’Or for his short film «Waves’ 98». This afternoon, in reality, between a drink and another, I was chatting with one of the directors of these short projected especially in «corner» and not in the competition; she told me her film which evoked the problems of her region in the United States.
At 6 pm, I stand before the Debussy Theatre to see «Marguerite and Julien» by Valérie Donzelli at 19h 15. After a long wait, I am rather disappointed by the film, which is inspired by a true story of the late Middle Age. It tells the impossible love between a brother and a sister. The originality of the film returns to the fact that it was shot in the castle in Tourlaville even where the true protagonists lived. And the actress Anaïs Desmoustiers under her ingenuous air of 28 years old, still camped ambiguous characters, as in «Une nouvelle amie» for example.