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Well, we’re in the unlikely position that the world’s premiere art-film festival may be mobbed by screaming Twihards, as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are actors in the main competition. The former is a bored billionaire (pictured right, with Sarah Gadon playing his wife) in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, the latter is On The Road, Walter Salles’s adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel.
The two films are part of the North American indie wave hitting the beaches of Cannes, from Wes Anderson’s opener Moonrise Kingdom to Brad Pitt in Andrew Dominik’s Killing Me Softly. Zac Efron is in Lee Daniels’s The Paperboy, along with Matthew McConaughey, who also stars in Jeff Nichols’s Mud. Meanwhile, this year’s Sundance sensation, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, is in the funkier Un Certain Regard competition, along with Brandon “son of” Cronenberg and his Antiviral. The film is about a man “who harvests viruses from sick celebrities and then sells them”. Like father, like son…
Cannes would not be Cannes without the art-house big hitters and, as in 2009, Michael Haneke and Jacques Audiard face each other for the Palme d’Or. Bets are on that Haneke’s Amour will lose out to Audiard’s Rust & Bone, which features Marion Cotillard, and killer whales. Other films are from Abbas Kiarostami, Matteo Garrone and Ulrich Seidl. But no women directors made the competition cit, much to the irritation of many on Twitter.
Cannes Film Festival, May 16-27
The tv piece starts by describing the movie’s story. In it its mentioned that “Robert Pattinson gets away from the teen themes represented by the Twi Saga to be the lead actor of Cosmopolis”. Then Paulo Branco starts to talk saying that “(Rob) in the beginning refused the role because he had a bit of fear of the challenge imposed by this movie. In this movie he is, from beginning to end, in all photograms (scenes)” It was Paulo Brancos idea of adapting this book to the cinema and Cronenberg was the 1st director that the producer thought of. “It took me a while to get to him because, although I’d already met him, I didn’t know him that well. At first he (Cronenberg) said it was a bit difficult to do it because of other projects he had going. I gave him the book and 24 hours later he phoned me saying “Paulo this is for me! It is the ideal book for me to adapt. Let’s do this” The piece continues by saying that Cosmopolis is one of the movies in competition for the Palme d’Or in Cannes. More than a win, the producer considers the presence of the movie at Cannes as a showroom for the movie to the world.
Paulo Branco, Cosmopolis’ Producer, talked about the movie, Cannes and the Portuguese Premiere with Rob, Cronenberg and DeLillo (posted here).
Interview is in portuguese, check the translation under the video:
I: Paulo, good evening. This is the 11th movie that you produce and has been selected to the competition in Cannes – the most important film festival in Europe. From what we saw in the trailer and from the little we know, this is not an European movie. Is this your most important movie?
PB: Well, as a producer I like to think all movies are important, but this one is special, of course. It’s a movie where, for the first time, I worked the way they do on the other side of the Atlantic. It was filmed in Toronto with one of the best directors in the world, David Cronenberg, that was kind enough to listen and accept my proposal, and with great Hollywood actors. And it’s the first time I work on a movie this big and with this budget.
I:We’re talking about a major production?
PB: We’re talking about a medium American production, about 15M Euros. A French-Canadian movie. We had as much support from France as from Canada. Although, it is a budget that indie producers are not used to, especially with the freedom I had to produce this movie: choosing the director, David Cronenberg, and the actors (along with Cronenberg). It was an unique experience. I am proud (for the movie) to be in Cannes now; to be aknowledged. Every movie in Cannes, in competition, they’re not just “another movie”. It’s always something special, someone who has been and follows the festival, can understand.
I:The cast and crew of this movie is impressive. Famous director, David Cronenberg. The main actors are, I should say, even more famous (Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson, from the Twilight Saga). I want to know if there’s anything planned for the release of the movie in Portugal in May with them?
PB:Precisely. It was created some sort of empathy with Don de Lillo, David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson, that since the beginning, when I talked about the idea of doing a small promo tour in Europe to promote the movie, starting in Portugal, they immediately accepted. They’ll be here right after Cannes for the Portuguese premiere of the movie. I think it’s an unique event, for a movie premiere, in Portugal. And an example of professionalism and devotion from the people that worked in this film. For Pattinson, this project is essential. He watched the movie and personally told me that it was, maybe, the project that he was most proud of and wanted to support it wherever it was necessary. Don DeLillo, one of the biggest writers in the world, when saw the movie… (Interviewer interrupts Paulo Branco)
The last question is hard to understand, Paulo Branco talks about Cannes, promoting and selling movies at the festival.