Cannes India does not have a film in the official selection. The press fratenity has raised a hue and cry about its absence, deploring the quality of cinema that Bollywood produces. Indiantelevsion.com spoke to a cross section of representatives from England, Australia and New Zealand which also don’t have an official entry and broadly this is what they had to say.
“We did not produce enough cinema during this period.
Even then we were lynched by the press like we had committed a heinous crime. And who says we have to produce cinema for getting an entry into Cannes official selection of films? Films are made for audiences who get entertained and if they don’t they don’t watch them.
It was a blueberry night indeed for Norah Jones, the star of Wong Kar Wai’s opening film at Cannes, though some critics have called it more of a raspberry. Here she is with co-star Jude Law.
Bollywood actor John Abraham is poised to further his global appeal with his next release, Vivek Agnihotri’s “Goal” which is being aggressively promoted at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.
“I have been at the Toronto Film Festival two years running – first with ‘Water’ in 2005, then with ‘Kabul Express’ last year – and now here I am in Cannes as well. It is really great to have your films pushed so methodically on the world stage,” says Abraham, who has acquired quite an international fan following in the past two years.
“Goal”, produced by UTV Motion Pictures, co-stars Bipasha Basu, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani and was shot entirely in Britain. In it, Abraham plays Sunny Bhasin, a UK-born Indian who plays for a Southall football club.
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American director Michael Moore pose during a photo call for the film “Sicko,” at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Saturday, May 19, 2007.
CANNES, France — Aishwarya Rai is a household name in many countries. Now the Bollywood actress, who married fellow film star Abhishek Bachchan last month In the
biggest Celebrity wedding, is getting used to a new moniker.
“This is the first travel where people start calling you, ‘Hello Mrs. Bachchan, good evening,'” Rai told AP Television News on Wednesday. “I’ve maybe done a double take at times, but pleasantly so, it makes us smile, so it’s been good,” she said.
ai, 33, a former Miss World, interrupted her honeymoon for a visit to the Cannes Film Festival. She is at the French Riviera resort as part of the team of models for cosmetics company L’Oreal.
She was in the audience — and on the red carpet — for Wednesday’s opening-night festival screening of Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights.” Once she is back in India, Rai said she will continue work on her latest film, the 16th-century royal love story Jodha-Akbar. Her screen credits include 2004’s Bride & Prejudice, directed by Gurinder Chadha.
Bollywood Invades the Cannes Film Festival
Several Indian movies will be shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festi
val. In the “Cinema of the World” section on May 19 and 20, a total of seven films will be featured. The seven films are, “Malayalam film Saira, Tamil film Veyil, Bengali film Dosar, English film Missed Call, art-house Hindi film Dharm and popular Bollywood hits Lage Raho Munnabhai and Guru.”
Small budget Indian film makers use Cannes as an opportunity to promote and feature their work.
U2 Rock the Cannes Film Festival Before Screening of Their New 3D Concert Film
U2’s Bono performs prior to the screening of the movie “U2 3D,” at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Sunday, May 20, 2007.
Simpson will get you splashy pictures on covers of movie and celebrity magazines. Over at the Relativity party, those men and women will get your movie
Talk about showmanship. Jerry Seinfeld and the makers of “Bee Movie” set Cannes buzzing on Thursday — the film festival’s second day — when Seinfeld dressed up as a bumble bee, strapped himself into a harness and rode a wire from the top of a swanky hotel down to the beach.
Seinfeld performed the stunt in front of hundreds of photographers, television crews, reporters and movie fans lining the Croisette here. It was, as Seinfeld himself joked, a “movie promotion that smacks of desperation”. (see the story titled “DreamWorks chief downplays ‘Shrek’ record” at reuters.com)
But it was less desperation than the kind of good old Hollywood showmanship that has existed for years here at the world’s top film festival. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who runs DreamWorks, said he had been planning the stunt for a year, and certainly there will be many more promotions to come from other movie makers before the festival winds down.
CANNES, France – Photographers at the Cannes Film Festival booed Pamela Anderson after she showed up late for a photo session Friday and only stuck around to pose for a few minutes.
Anderson was in town to promote her new movie, “Blonde and Blonder.” Earlier in the day, she had complained to AP Television News about the paparazzi, saying that Cannes was “a frenzy, it’s crazy, it’s silly.”
Pamela Anderson poses during a photo call for the film ‘Blonde and Blonder,’ at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.
Kerry Washington, Gong Li and Andie MacDowell – again.
Elizabeth Hurley at the Chopard Valentino Party
Elizabeth Hurley updates the ever-popular red dress with trendy silver accessories, loose hair and pink lips. This summer, choose reds with more orange in them (like Elizabeth’s dress), rather than the bluer tones that were trendy in winter.
Kerry Washington, Gong Li and Andie MacDowell guarantee their place on the front pages by swanning down the red carpet together, all swooshy hair, sweepy frocks and L’Oréal contracts.
Andie MacDowell proves she’s just a down-to-earth lass and gets a quick snap as a keepsake.
Master of ceremonies Diane Kruger at the (obviously utterly silly) opening ceremony.
“My Blueberry Nights” after party
Toni Collette one of the judges arrives on the red carpet
Also in competition:
Yasamin kiyisinda – Fatih Akin (pictured)
We Own The Night – James Gray
Zavet (Promise Me This) – Emir Kusturica
4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days – Cristian Mungiu
Luz silenciosa (Silent Light) – Carlos Reygadas
Import/Export – Ulrich Seidl
Alexandra – Alexander Sokurov
The Man from London – Bela Tarr