CANNES FESTIVAL -- DAY TWELVE
Are we having fun yet?
Cannes, France -- It rained yesterday, briefly and heavily. At the Carlton Terrace restaurant, Joaquin Phoenix stopped the interview/lunch process to admire the rain. "Look at that, man. It's beautiful." Okay.
Not on Sunday, not this morning, the sun is up and high and brilliant, the Mediterranean is azure, with little sailboats scudding across it, now that the rich guys' navy has pretty much weighed anchor. Somehow, the bay is more impressive without, oh, $200 million worth of expensive boats cluttering it up.
Some quick predictions, gathered by talking to an exclusive and select panel of Cannes journalists, all of whom know about as much as I do. That is to say, these are systematic wild-ass guesses. Palme d'or to Julien Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, with Matthieu Amalric picking up Best Actor for the same film because, as one Toronto journalist, NOT yours truly noted, "You have to give a prize to a dead paraplegic writer." Best actress to either Anamaria Marinca from 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days or Secret Sunshine star Do-Yeon Jeon.
Speaking of 4 Months, which picked up the FIPRESCI Prize yesterday, Klaus Eder remarked after the event that in a certain way, he wished that they'd picked another film -- not that there was anything wrong with 4 Months, but it was just such an obvious pick for the FIPRESCI Prize -- and earnest, bleakly realistic drama that no one will ever choose to see of a Saturday night.
The Jury Prize will probably go to Persepolis, the animated adaptation o Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, which would be a political jury move since Iran has protested the selection -- for details, there's a story in The Guardian.
For all the talk about film art, the Cannes jury has made many decisions based on content over form and politics over art.
Which leaves the Grand Jury Prize, director and screenplay. No idea -- Any of the Americans could win director, though I've never quite understood the director prize at Cannes. This often feels like a nature sanctuary for the cinema d'auteur, and they actually give the Palme d'or to the director of the film, so what's with a separate prize for direction?
Fatih Akin's drama, The Edge of Heaven, could have a good shot at Grand Prix du Jury -- it just one the Ecumenical Prize, which is generally given that thinks about world peace and humanism.
You can read the long list of awards that have already been handed out here.
The main jury awards for the official competition films will be announced tonight at around 2 pm Toronto time.
If I can get on a computer after the awards, I'll post some remarks.
If not, I'm outta here.