Cannes 2011 Daily Blog: Day 1
After more wi-fi troubles and a hot water-related emergency, Day 1 started with a first look at Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots (we snort-laughed at least twice) and a Q+A with its stars, Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas.
The Desperado couple were on fine form, with Banderas joking his 3D glasses made his co-star “even more beautiful” and Hayek batting away a potentially offensive question about the troubles of aging in Hollywood with class and sass.
After the two were whisked away to pose for photographers atop a giant pair of boots, it was time for screening #1 – Woody Allen’s gallic romcom Midnight In Paris.
Not exactly up there with the likes of Manhattan or even Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but it was certainly no Cassandra’s Dream either.
Next came a mildly entertaining Paris press conference that saw Woody and his cast – Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams et al – contending with some frankly bizarre questions (see below).
After an hour spent admiring some of the rubbish one-sheets lining the Croisette (Hercules In 3D, anyone?) and supping a well-earned milkshake, TF joined the queue for screening #2 – Aussie drama Sleeping Beauty.
Featuring a brave (and potentially award-worthy) performance by star Emily Browning, Beauty was intriguing, uncomfortable and, for one particular TF-er, more than a little confusing (we’re naming no names here).
Still, there’s always Kung Fu Panda 2 tomorrow, right?
Film we’re most looking forward to tomorrow: We Need To Talk About Kevin
Amusing question of the day (to a bemused Owen Wilson): “Woody writes such good parts for women, but you are a man. How did it work?”
Hitchcock-style pigeon attacks encountered: One
- Richard Jordan