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Friday, May 18
By Jimmy Thomson

My legs have gone to sleep and my bum is decidedly numb. This is queuing Cannes style. The film isn’t due to start for another hour and the keen (and desperate) have already been here that long, in the off chance that there might be a few seats left once the great and the good have parked their backsides. We’re waiting to see the new Coen brothers movie No Country For Old Men and, sitting on a marble floor with a laptop on my lap (oddly enough); I’m not alone. Right now the queue looks like a geeky version of Woodstock, with notebooks and Apples instead of guitars and bongos ... but nobody has had a baby yet. Now my knees have locked. No Country For Old Men – you said it, baby.

Many puzzled looks as we left the movie, not least because it felt like a work in progress and the ending was obscure, to say the least. But there are some fine performances – notably from Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones and a very un-Scottish Kelly Macdonald – and the film is very watchable. A tighter edit before it hits the multiplexes would do it no harm at all.


The Australian Film Commission put the red carpet out for Cannes tonight, despite the fact that the only major Aussie presence at the festival is Toni Collette’s membership of the jury. Everyone seemed impressed with classy finger food – you can’t go wrong with Aussie nibbles prepared by French chefs – and the waiters dressed as lifeguards were very convincing ... until you asked them for something complicated like a “coldie”. Your faithful correspondent left early to go and sit on a marble floor but it looked like a good time was about to be had by all.


The soon to be released British crime and politics movie The Bank Job was being promoted today on a luxury motor cruiser moored behind the Palais Des Festivals. But cast members Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows were being unusually tight-lipped about the key to the whole shemozzle - exactly why the story of the real-life robbery back in the 70s was suppressed with a “D” notice, the British government’s way of keeping a lid on anything that is deemed not to be in (or rather against) the national interest. Claiming that the suppression order is still running – because they exist until they are revoked – the crew were unusually coy about why they thought the multi-million pound heist never made it to the papers or, indeed, the courts, even though the police were tipped off. Or it could just be Hollywood hokum. The film does look good, though. And the rumour doing the rounds is that the original story was suppressed because the robbers found pictures of a now deceased member of the Royal Family doing something very naughty with someone they shouldn’t even have been near. All, as they say, will be revealed in the movie.


Life imitates art, part 127. Control star Sam Riley who plays Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis has taken up with Alexandra Maria Lara who plays Annik Honoré,  the woman who fell in love with and beguiled Curtis. And Riley used to sing in a rock band one of whose members had epileptic fits. Spooky.


As if to prove that Cannes lives in its own parallel universe, fireworks went off at 12.40 am this morning. Ah, well, I suppose it’s Le Weekend.

Wish you were here ...

Published May 19, 2007

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