Cannes 2014: Jonny's blog (part 1)
And so to Cannes…after a trip on the Gatwick Express (which seems to use the word in the loosest sense) and a delayed flight/lost sunglasses, I arrive for my first time at the famous festival…very excited!
After a great dinner in the old town, myself and Sarah Bourne make a move to queue for actor / writer / director / musician / office-favourite Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River. My hopes of seeing it/him are soon dashed when we see what Sarah tells me is one of the longest queues at Cannes! Clearly his popularity extends beyond the walls of Kenilworth House…
After this it’s off to the Petit Majestic, a great bar behind the Croisette where the patrons spill out onto the surrounding streets. Very reasonably priced compared to a lot of places here…all the Cannes fun without the Cannes prices?
I’m thinking I probably should have prioritised sleep over soaking in the Cannes nightlife, so it’s with tired eyes that I squint into the morning sun whilst queuing to see Wang Chao’s (Day and Night, Luxury Car) Fantasia. Unfortunately the film does little to wake me up with its incredibly slow pacing and minimal happenings! It’s solidly made and seems reasonably well received by the Cannes crowd, but it lacks the bite of Jia Zhangke’s recent A Touch of Sin, which dealt with similar themes of Chinese economic hardship in far a more dynamic way. Zhangke’s actually sat a couple of rows in front of me, which makes it twice in as many weeks we’ve shared an auditorium, hope people don’t start to talk!
A text from the ICO’s resident Ghibli expert Sarah Bourne convinces me to head down the seafront to the Marriott Hotel, where the latest from Studio Ghibli’s Isao Takahata (director of Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko and Only Yesterday) The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is screening. It’s charming and odd in equal measures, based on a Japanese folk tale that doesn’t all translate perfectly. The charcoal drawing-style animation is quite a departure from recent Ghibli output, but looks beautiful and made me feel like we were delving inside a children’s story book.