Saturday, May 20, 2006

Party on!

It's Saturday lunchtime, and I've managed to get online at the American Pavilion, (more computers and a quicker turnover than elsewhere!) but I'm time limited so typing fast.

On Thursday, people were saying Cannes is very quiet this year. That started to change yesterday, and has definitely changed today - it's jammed! It's hot and sunny, busy and crazy.

So, back to Thursday if I can remember that far back. We got in to see "Summer Palace", the Chinese film in competition, and therefore got to walk up the red carpet. However as it was an 11am showing, we didn't have to dress up and there were no photographers. Still, it was fun. Film wasn't though - that's two hours of my life I'll never get back. Overindulgent, dull, just one big disappointment. Then at 3 we saw "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", Ken Loach's entry in the competiton - this was more like it - a good story, well acted and beautifully filmed. Slowed a bit near the end, but powerful stuff. In the evening we met up with some people Jenny knows from Berlin and Rotterdam, and hovered between the UK and Euro pavilions (free beer in one, free wine in the other during happy hour). And somehow much later on we ended up at the Century club which is v exclusive. Sir Ian McKellan was strutting his stuff on the dance floor, and Jenny told Damien Lewis I wanted to dance with him, so we had a dance - think "Jeffrey Archer - The Truth" and you're somewhere near.

Got to bed at 3am - I think.

I'm going to log off and come back later - I just managed to book a ticket for Andrea Arnold's "Red Road", the British entry in competition, so I need to go and collect it. Reports on the three films I saw yesterday, and the one I saw this morning, along with my first Red Carpet experience, will follow.


Blogger anna said...

Cor! sounds like you're having a top time, i am still so so so very jealous as the excitement of my weekend so far (although only a few hours into it admittedly, I can't see it getting that much more exciting though) was getting 67% in my practice general studies maths+science paper - not bad for a first go :-)
hmm, anyway - carry on enjoying the sun and the stars! love anna xxx

1:00 pm  
Blogger Mollywags said...

Had assumed the reason we hadn't had a further bulletin was that you were so busy and your latest message confirms that. Pity no evening red carpet experiences though. You'll have to dress up late in the evenings and pretend you've just come from a show.

Glad it's good weather there. Awful here - wet and windy. Tempura prawns and fried rice/rack of lamb for us in 'the pub' last night. 'Tosca' tonight. A neighbourhood welcome party tomorrow lunchtime so there wouldn't be much gardening anyway.

1:02 pm  
Blogger Stacie said...

Glad you are having a fab time--am always thinking, "I wonder what Sal is up to?" Good to know that it's ok to indulge my imagination. LOL!

We FINALLY have a real sunny day w/out clouds, so am going to go enjoy it.

Have lots more fun!

4:12 pm  
Blogger Nez said...

Party on hun!

I'm so glad to hear the sun is shining at least somewhere in Europe. We have got rain forecast for the whole of the rest of the week. How depressing.

It certainly sounds like you're having fun and I'm enjoying hearing about your EXCELLENT adventure. ;o)

1:50 pm  
Blogger Viv said...

Damien Lewis! I do hear he's a bit of a ladies man. Tho' having missed the Jeffry Archer programme, I couldn't possibly impagine what his dancing was like...

Delighted to hear you are too busy having a wonderful time to sit down and tell us about it!

12:27 pm  

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