Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Slackers

Early start again this morning - just been to see "Babel", Mexican (I think) entry in competition, 8:30am screening. There's something about going to the cinema at 8:30 that totally messes my head up - I don't know what time it is for the rest of the day. Anyway, the film is fab - stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal, in a story that has three intertwining threads as events in one story impact on the others. Filmed in Mexico, Morocco and Japan, it's complex, engrossing, and well worth another look. It's probably my favourite of the films in competition, although I didn't get to see "Volver" (Almoldovar's film with Penelope Cruz) which is getting great buzz as a possible winner.

Today might be a three or four film day - yesterday I really slacked off and only saw two. In the afternoon I went to "Starter for Ten", a British film which is an adaptation of a novel that came out a couple of years ago. James McAvoy stars as a student who is obsessed with University Challenge. It's a good solid British film, quite funny and charming. Oh, note for you, Hacky - Ben Willbond is in it!

I was busy elsewhere - a lunchtime reception which was good, some excellent canapes, some even with vitamins. Then another reception at 6, some of the same faces, who began to leave earlier because the wine ran out at 10 to 7! Then we went to the Whisky Galore party, my first proper Cannes party, at the villa that used to be rented by Soho House. The party was amazing - gorgeous food including smoked salmon and seafood flown down from the Hebrides, and a ceilidh band flown in from Orkney. It was great fun, and also possibly good business - we got talking to someone who we need to ring to arrange a meeting to talk money. Then we went to the Century Club but I left around 1 because I had the 8:30 screening to get to.

Anyway, I should go as there's a queue here, I'm in the American pavilion about to get lunch. It's clouded over here today but it's still warm. I think I'm just going to have a films and eating day, with an early night. And I suppose I should start to think about souvenirs and stuff. I haven't had time to do any shopping!

6 Comments:

Blogger Viv said...

Oooh.. it does sound good! And meetings with money sound even better :)

There are certainly worse ways to spend a day than films and food (oh the hardship! How are you coping?!). Although if Cannes is anything like St Tropez, the shopping will be lots of elegant little boutiques for those on celebrity budgets. Best admired from a distance!

12:04 pm  
Blogger Mollywags said...

Bonjour! Had planned to make contact yesterday too but machine packed up and despite hours on helpline etc still haven't solved the problem.... currently in v expensive internet cafe.
So glad you are still having such a wonderful and useful time. Makes us giddy just reading about it. Thanks for continuing to make the time to keep us all in touch with your activities. The film reviews are great. Some of the films are also featured in papers here but your reviews are better. A historic situation re critics though -- absolutely everyone is slating the Da Vinci Code!
You are missing out on absolutely atrocious weather.
Must dash now - Dr appointment.
Love from us

4:57 pm  
Blogger Mama(French for mother!) said...

Dad says it sounds b----y wonderful. I think it's the seafood he's talking about!
I feel tired just reading about what you've been doing.
Don't waste time shopping, get on that red carpet again.
Sorry to hear that it's cloudy. The sun has shone here all day!
Love, M, D, L and N.

7:03 pm  
Blogger anna said...

Yes, dont waste time shopping - keep going keep going! Forget about my babybels if you want - I'd rather you had fun!

I am just listening to the debut EP by my band! :-D i'm very very proud.

take care! xxxxxxx
ps. james mcavoy, eh!

7:32 pm  
Blogger Stacie said...

I agree with viv--meetings with money sound great!

I also agree with mollywags--it does make us giddy to be reading about your adventures!

10:08 pm  
Blogger Nez said...

Hello!

Totally agree with you about the cinema at 8.30am thing. I wouldn't be able to concentrate at all....!

I think your favourite movie changes everyday LOL.

Any news on Scanner yet? I need to know whether or not I can stop crossing my fingers. It's very difficult to type like this ;o)

Take care

11:49 pm  

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