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Friday, May 25
By Jimmy Thomson

Lost in translation could easily be one of the themes of the festival this year as those of us employing our unreliable Franglais to supplement mumbled dialogue have found. The most notable example was when Eddie Izzard, reprising his role as Roman in Ocean’s 13, described George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s characters as “the Morecambe and Wise of crime”. The French subtitlers obviously decided the reference to the British comedy geniuses would go over the heads of the local fans so they changed it to “le Lennon et McCartney du crime,” losing the slightly ironic suggestion that they were clowns.


I have now bumped into my first bona fide movie star. It was during a quick escape to Monaco and she is better known as a TV host these days but the delightful Sonia Kruger did first come to our attention as Tina Sparkle in Strictly Ballroom so she is a movie star and therefore now officially the most famous person I have bumped into. I could include Julian Lennon but it was his party and I had only just interviewed him a few hours earlier so it doesn’t really count. There are rules, after all.


Just to let you know how slack I have been in my star hunting, here is the festival’s official list of people who are in Cannes that I haven’t tripped over, spilled a drink on or pushed past in a queue today: Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Harry Belafonte, Michèle Bernier, Bernard Blancan, Nick Cannon, Amira Casar, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Dana, Emma de Caunes, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Song Fang, Jane Fonda, Maud Fontenoy, Sara Forestier, Raisa Gichaeva, Esther Gorintin, Marina Hands, Catherine Jacob, Do-Yeon Jeon, Mathieu Kassovitz, Doutzen Kroes, Diane Kruger, Marc Labrèche, Bernadette Lafont, Jude Law, Salomé Lelouch, Noémie Lenoir, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Madsen, Eva Mendes, Roxane Mesquida, Jonny Lee Miller, Machiko Ono, Alysson Paradis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marija Petronijevic, Joaquin Phoenix, Dominique Pinon, Jocelyn Quivrin, Charlotte Rampling, Mickey Rourke, Kang-Ho Song, Shigeki Uda, Galina Vishnevskaya, Evan Rachel Wood, Xun Zhou, Armand Assante, Tolga Cayir, Kirsten Dunst, Lucas Huang, Simon Iteanu, Ana Katz, Dan Liu, Noémie Lvovsky, Alessandra Martines, Thomas Millet, Uros Milovanov, Carlos Portaluppi, Razvan Vasilescu, Makiko Watanabe, Naomi Watts. Admittedly, I don’t know most of these people so I could have met them and never realised.


Julian Lennon is in town to promote Whale Dreamers, his movie (as producer) which has already won best film at the Byron Bay and Monaco film festivals and the best documentary gong at Toronto. The creative driving force is former actor turned writer/director Kim Kindersley who says the project began with his discovery of an Aboriginal tribe that has a Southern Right whale as its totem and whose survival is inexorably tied up to the whale and the environment in which it lives. Amazingly, his research led a to a massive corroboree of more than 50 indigenous leaders from all over the world who sat around for a week telling the tales that form essential parts of their culture. The end result, narrated by our own Jack Thompson, is something powerful and uplifting. You can hear a special message from Julian and an edited version of the interview with him and Kim in our audio downloads (by the way, it’s Kim who speaks first).


The Joaquim Pheonix / Mark Wahlberg / Robert Duvall crime pic, We Own The Night, is getting mixed reviews but what does get universal admiration is an extended car chase with jack-knifing trucks and the works – all in torrential rain. It turns out that the sequence was actually shot on bone dry roads for the simple reason that no stunt person in their right mind (OK, no stunt person) would try that stuff in the rain. The big wet was supplied by CGI – see if you can spot the difference.


The Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic has entirely deservedly won best European Film at the festival, an off-festival award nominated by Europa film distributors. With any luck you’ll be able to hear photographer turned director Anton Corbin tell us how Joy Division inspired him to move to the UK from Holland and the kind of movie he’d like to direct next, by downloading my recording of the round-table interview right here tomorrow.


A couple of quick corrections: I wrongly referred to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly the other way round and I wrongly named Abel Ferrara’s movie Go Go Nights when it’s actually Go Go Tales. Je suis desolé.


Quote of the week: Eva Mendez, female lead of We Own The Night, explaining that there’s only so much dissociation you can manage when you are filming a sex scene (especially when it’s your first) said, “Hey, my boob is my boob.” You can hear that press conference – with extended naughtiness by Joaquim Phoenix - with tomorrow’s report.

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Published May 26, 2007

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Julian Lennon

Whale Dreamers


Kim and Julian outline why and how they came to make the film, an Australian documentary produced by Lennon and directed by Kindersley.

JULIAN LENNON ON URBAN CINEFILE - audio file by Jimmy Thomson



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