AUSTRALIA AT CANNES 2001
Andrew L. Urban talks to Baz Luhrmann and Nick Giannopoulos, two of the
Australians who have very different reasons to be excited about the Cannes Film
Festival, and previews some of the films that will be screening either in the
Festival program or at the international film market - with some exclusive
footage seen for the first time in this presentation.
Baz Luhrmann & Nicole Kidman
Andrew L. Urban presents Australia at Cannes 2001
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Baz Luhrmann is back in Cannes, this time with the major slot of Opening Film. But this is not just a film to hang an opening party on (as happens sometimes, if the filmís distributor is prepared to pay for the lavish party). This time, the film is in Competition as well.
Itís a clever choice by the Festival, which feels - rightly - that it launched Baz on the international cinema scene. The film is a musical (rare at Cannes, Dancer in the Dark notwithstanding) with a French setting (not rare); but itís the iconoclastic style and approach that make it right for the festival.
If itís a commercial hit, it will also elevate Cannes once more to a special position as not only the altar of cinematic art but as one of its powerful moneymakers.
Outside the Festival, Australia is delivering comedy, drama, horror and thriller. We wish them all well.
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BAZ AND ANDREW TALK!
Andrew L. Urban attends the FIRST SCREENING in Cannes
See our CANNES PREVIEW
List of FESTIVAL FILMS
Moulin Rouge (In Competition)*
Offered for sale at the Market:
Big Night Out, The
He Died With A Felafel In His Hand*
Low Fat Elephants*
* Clip featured in our special presentation