Cannes’09 – Weekend update.

May 17th, 2009 by Jarmo Puskala

The internets in Cannes appear to be acting out revenge for every time the phrase “cheese eating surrender monkeys” has been used, so Cannes updates from the Iron Sky team have been sporadic. It seems the wifi connection works at night when everyone is out partying, but come daytime and millions of laptops it all goes down. Last I heard from the Cannes team was last night when Timo got up at 5am to send out emails.

See Twitter for the latest updates. The team in Cannes includes @LeonBlank, @Gerosimov and @pollula. For Cannes updates you might also want to check out our friend from Norway @vogeleric and #cannes hashtag.

Below is the latest update from Essi, originally posted over at Zombie Room:


The biggest movie in Cannes last year was of course Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which also turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the year. Never the less the whole festival was all about Indy, even me. It wasn´t in the official selection of course, but it was definitely the most anticipated and overly marketed film here. Another big one was Kung Fu Panda, which was actually a hundred times better than Indy. Anyway the real gems of last year (in my opinion) were Blindness by Fernando Meirelles, Che by Steven Soderberg, Entre Les Murs (The Class) by Laurent Cantet, Gomorra (Gomorrah) by Matteo Garrone, Synecdoche, New York by Charlie Kaufman.

If last year was Indiana Jones´s year, this year is all about Mr. Quentin Tarantino and his new World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. The movie will open on the 20th and I will definitely be there reporting from the scene. I´m planning to see it on Wednesday morning. Tarantino won Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction in Cannes in 1994 and now he is back with a vengeance! Inglourious Basterds has the biggest ensemble cast Tarantino has ever had and the footage looks amazing. I also read somewhere that Tarantino might even have a sequel/prequel to it if the movie is a hit. “I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash,” says Tarantino.


basterds2One of the most interesting movies in Cannes is Up. It was the opening film and it was also the first animation ever to open the festival. Up is Pixars new comedy adventure directed by Pete Docter, who also directed the amazing Monsters, Inc. He is also one of the writers behind WALL·E. So all these things considered I´m pretty exited about the film. The movie tells a story about a 78 year old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away. This year Cannes has finally installed their very own 3D projector(s), so Up will be seen in the best possible format.


On the horror front we have two pretty exiting projects. The other is Antichrist directed by Lars vor Trier, who is one of my favorite directors of all time. It seems that he has returned to his roots a by doing a very visual and beautiful movie. I have heard a lot of talk that the movie is really scary and that it will take some time to recover from it. Sounds just like a Trier movie. Then we have Drag Me to Hell by the legendary director Sam Raimi who is very well known for his horror films, but lately he has been doing huge action films like Spider-Man 1-3. With Drag Me to Hell he is also returning to his roots much like Trier.


There are a lot of titles here that I know nothing about except the director. And for me that is enough in some cases. Here are a few examples: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky by Jan Kounen, Das weiße Band directed by Michael Haneke and Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, which opened yesterday. I´m not sure if I have time to see any of these, but I will definitely be following these movies now and after Cannes.

I also must mention Los abrazos rotos, which is a new film from Pedro Almodóvar. It stars Almodovars muse Penélope Cruz (who else?). I will try to get to see this as well. The premiere is on thuesday, so maybe me and Pekka will go there to do a video blog, let´s see…

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Heath Ledger last role. Among him the movie features actors like Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and even Tom Waits. I don´t know too much about this one, but images are quite disturbing. In a good way I mean.


Yesterday I went to see a market screening of a movie called Run Bitch Run, which was a full out exploitation movie. Unfortunately the movie was so bad we had to leave after 30 minutes or so. Today I´m going to see scifi movie called Moon directed by Duncan Jones. I have high expectations for that, after all he is David Bowies son.

As and end note I want to apologize that our blog is not updating as planned. We have huge problems with the internet connection here. But we try to keep these posting coming never the less.

- Essi

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