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Inside the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with Adrienne Papp

Cannes Film Festival 2010

By Adrienne Papp

Even with the international community facing difficult challenges, the Cannes Film Festival remains one the world’s most prestigious film festivals, an event where the best in international filmmaking and traditional Hollywood glamour coming shining through.

In a very challenging year for filmmaking, the jury at the 63rd Festival de Cannes bestowed its Palme d’Or on the strongest movie in the competition, a low budget, part-Buddhist part-animist fantasy by the 39-year-old Thai director whose fans call him “Joe.” The Jury president named Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives as the winner of the coveted Palm d’Or Grand Jury Prize.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film traces the dreamlike final days of a man dying of kidney failure as the ghost of his dead wife returns to tend him and his long-lost son comes home in the form of a furry jungle spirit.

The festival got off to a big start, with Hollywood’s big budget reinvention of Robin Hood opening the festival, with Russell Crowe hoping to turn the English folk hero’s adventures into a blockbuster franchise. The film, dubbed “Gladiator in Sherwood Forest” because it reunites the actor-director team of Crowe and Ridley Scott, co-stars Cate Blanchett as Marian.

Films at Cannes

Other well-received films include the runner-up Grand Prix prize-winner, French director Xavier Beauvois‘s well-received Of Gods and Men, an understated docudrama about a group of French monks taken hostage by Algerian terrorists. An early favorite, Juliette Binoche was named best actress for her role in Abbas Kiarostami‘s Certified Copy.  In a political departure, she used her acceptance speech to bring attention to the plight of jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was on a hunger strike and has since been released. The prize for best actor was split between Javier Bardem, star of Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful and Elio Germano, who appeared in Italian director Daniele Luchetti‘s La Nostra Vita.

Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet

In a relatively low key year for film, celebrities played a big part in bringing pizzazz to the glamorous event, beautiful actresses wearing gorgeous gowns at the très formal red carpet premieres and sexy soirees.  In 2010, fashion A-listers included Kate Beckinsale wearing a Marchesa gown, Salma Hayek modeling a maroon Gucci creation, Naomi Watts in a strapless pleated pink Gucci gown, Jennifer Lopez in a gray Gucci frock, Cate Blanchett wearing a gown by the late Alexander McQueen and Eva Longoria in a white silk Pucci.  Adding a little more sizzle, Pamela Anderson was spotted on a huge yacht before promoting her new film, Blonde and Blonder. One of Hollywood’s enduring male stars, Michael Douglas, was also on hand to promote his role as Gordon Gekko in 20th Century Fox‘s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

About the Author: Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist who has written for many publications including Savoir, Beverly Hills 90210, Malibu Beach, Santa Monica Sun, The Beverly Hills Times, Brentwood News, Bel-Air View, Celebrity Society, Celeb Staff, It Magazine, Chic Today, LA2DAY, among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity companies, Atlantic Publicity andAtlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities and world leaders. She also owns Spotlight News Magazine.

Cannes 2010 soirée

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    A very informative article. I love the fact that we can click and read about the “players” in the article through an intelligent link. Like links to wikipedia, etc…It is really good for someone who is trying to learn about the people who are otherwise famous but not everyone knows of them necessarily. So, thank you again. So far this has been the most informative article in a short and dense form.

  • It fascinates me that these festivals pick up with a lot of big fashion designers in recent years. It almost feels like they are “co-advertising.’ What I like about Cannes is that while it is elegant and of course there are lots of fashion designers showcasing their creations through actors, the films still stay independent. It feels through every year. Somehow the French, although great exhibitionists, still keep to a certain standard. I enjoyed the piece.

  • You know i live in Los Angeles and whatever crap I read all over the place I never give an opinion. I just felt however that i wanted to give one on this one. Most of us do not understand half of anything going on in Cannes. It is Europe to start with on top of the fact that nobody knows crap about any independent film unless it is highly advertised. In this piece I learned everything there is to know about Cannes and its films. The writer here is simple. He/She is not going for the fluff and hip way of thinking, but gets to the point and that is just what we need. Thanks for making me understand everything better.

  • “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past”‘ is a great movie. Thank you for writing about it! The article is very enjoyable by the way.

  • The article is precise and talks with a great deal of clarity and simplicity. ( Even though the event is big!!!) It is a good source of information. Thank you Spotlight. You got good writers. There is not a word of bs or hype here. I like that.

  • I loved this piece! I could go online and search for hours and still not know what under the sun happened in Cannes. Now, I do! It was easy, painless and to the point. I know what to say in class now. We need to stay up to date. And, with all this hocus pocus in various articles where the writer is selling himself/herself, rather than the actual description of the event which is all I want, – this piece served my purpose. Thanks for that.

  • I did not make it to Cannes this year. But, I kind of predicted some of the winners.. Nice, clear piece.

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