Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dazed and Confused

So, I made it to Cannes in one piece, and survived the first day. And now it's the second morning, and I seem to have successfully booked tickets to see some films today.

The flat we're in is tiny, very handy for the centre of Cannes and for the market. On the one hand, this is fab, because we can cross the road to get fantastic fruit, cheese, seafood, everything we need. On the other hand, since deliveries to the market begin by 5am, it means I haven't had more than 5 hours sleep a night for 4 nights now.

Yesterday involved lots of queuing - to get accreditation, to get my bag of paperwork, to get a lanyard for the European pavilion (benefit: free coffee all day), to get my American pavilion pass, to wait for a computer at the web cafe, to collect the ticket I managed to book to see "Summer Palace" at 11am today. I have just about mastered the ticketing system, I think, although I still don't really know how it works - no queuing these, days, its all done online, with an allocation of tickets to different groups depending on your accreditation. So some groups get their tickets at different times to others. Jenny and Beth got their tickets for "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" yesterday - my allocation didn't come up until this morning. But at least I have a ticket waiting for me now. I'm hoping to see "Paris Je T'aime" tonight, which is the opening film in Un Certain Regard - now, getting into that strand is a whole different system!

Jenny got into the Da Vinci Code premiere last night; don't know what it was like because I was half asleep when she got back. I didn't hang around by the red steps because its crazy - people with tickets all dressed up; people without tickets also all dressed up and hopefully holding slips of paper asking for spare tickets. Photographers by the hundred, so it seemed, with step ladders, boxes to stand on. And that was two hours before it began. So, no dressing up done yet, no stars spotted.

I have a feeling I'm going to need a LOT of coffee to get me through the day today.


Blogger Mollywags said...

Sorry you didn't get to DVC. It was featured on morning TV here and it looked a real bunfight. Critics slated it but obviously it will still be a smash hit (despite its 2 1/2 hours length.
Hope you enjoy the morning film, get to wear some of those glam dresses soon, and manage to stay awake!
Love from us

9:59 am  
Blogger Viv said...

Glad you made it :)

10:04 am  
Blogger Viv said...

oops... Had intended to write more! What are the films like? Hope you're keeping notes on everything. And what's worth trying to see over here when eventually released

DVC will be lurking around the multiplexes for months - you're much better off trying to see ones that will never make it up here because all we get are blockbusters. Tom Hanks in a mullet? Please, there must be some more interesting options around. ;) Thinking of which, A Scanner Darkly is going to be coming to the local arthouse, if you're interested...

The market sounds fabulous, a real luxury to have it so close. I found local asparagus and English strawberries last weekend. I'm sure strawberries dont usually start quite this early, but I wasn't going to object!

Hope you continue having a fabulous time, and, yes, i do hope you get to dress up soon, after all the effort you put in too!

10:18 am  
Blogger Viv said...

Also, if you havent seen it, check out (I'm going to do some work now, honest!)

10:43 am  
Blogger YAC Girls said...

Hi there,
Good to hear you're living the Cannes good life. Can't wait to hear how you get on with the mediaeval body truss - but you'll look great in the dresses.
Have fun and work that room, girl!
Love from the YAC Girls (Lesley, Beccy and Angela)xxxx

12:03 pm  
Blogger Stacie said...

I can't believe I actually logged off the Internet before checking to see if you posted! Arg... must get your page into the morning progression!

Glad to hear that you've made it and gotten all your creditials, etc. Can't wait to hear more about the films!


5:11 pm  
Blogger Dazzer said...


If the market sells booze buy some you'll feel a hell of a lot better... Sleep will become irrelevant.

Glad to hear you're well and finding your way around you'll be a seasoned veteran in a day or two.

I've sent you an email with details for the app. If its arrived OK I'll send more.

Take care, speak to you soon


9:22 pm  
Blogger Mollywags said...

Extracts from'The Wind....' and an interview with Ken Loach were featured as the last item on tonight's 'News at 10'. Weather there looks better than here - lashing rain today.
Earlier on, had just sat down to watch various dramas on TV and a fox ran across the lawn!
Love from us

10:32 pm  
Blogger anna said...

hello! You never got round to sending me the address so I very wisely got it off Judith. I'm glad youre there safe and sound and in honour of you I've named myself salutcherie on here since you're off having french adventures (jealous?! not much...)
e-mail me if you get a mo won't you :-) oooh and i didn't remember what the sweets were called but don't forget me baby bells!
a bientot mama!

7:44 pm  

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