Cannes 2014: Jonny's blog (part 2)
Cannes is gorgeous at the best of times, but at 7:30am it has something extra special about it. With fewer people around and a cool air blowing, it has a rare sense of calm, as if the town is braced for the wave of excitement and madness the day will inevitably bring. I amble over to the Palais for the 8:30am screening of Ken Loach’s final film, Jimmy’s Hall. Having not yet seen the Lumiere, the sheer scale of the auditorium is staggering, resembling an arena as much as a cinema. I’m right up near the back in the cheap seats, I feel Ken would be proud…
It’s slightly disappointing that my iPhone weather app couldn’t accurately predict the biblical downpour two hours after I checked it in the morning, so I’m trapped for a while in the Palais sans umbrella (despite Simon telling me to bring one a number of times!). Sarah saves the day though, offering me her own flowery umbrella to keep me dry. Ever the gentleman I gladly accept (she is already soaked after all…) and experience the joy of queuing in the rain with Selina for Asia Argento’s new film Incompresa (Misunderstood) which I know little about, but turns out to be a funny and bizarre little film with a great punky spirit. A fantastic central performance from young Giulia Salerno helps balance the film, which often intentionally veers towards the ridiculous to show the heightened reality of this strange,celebrity world (more than likely based on some of Argento’s own experiences growing up).
Luckily, I have a ticket for the 00:30 showing of Korean director Chang’s action flick Pyo Jeok (The Target), but also have tickets fora beach party later on. It’s a tough decision, but I want to make the most of the films (and have also recently been to a party in 2008), so I’m in the queue once more (and in the rain again!). There’s a real party atmosphere as a few people have been out earlier, and with the music blasting out it’s more akin to a music festival at the moment. As it’s the European premiere of the film, Chang and the cast are in attendance and my first real experience on the red carpet is something I’ll remember, not least as I managed not to fall up the stairs as my sabotaging mind kept telling me I would!