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My Cannes Moments: The Best Festival Experiences from Joseph Kosinski, Warwick Thornton, Christian Mungiu, Paul Laverty and James Marsh

Joseph Kosinski
The Top Gun: Maverick director of the epic extravaganza – including the French Air Force Air show – at 2007. This year, he returns as executive producer of BMW Films The Calm , featuring the all-electric BMW i7 , starring Uma Thurman and Pom Klementieff

The whole Cannes experience- The cameramen on both sides of the carpet and everyone screaming at you, with us the actors are with us, especially after the pandemic, because this movie was made before — it was surreal.

This was my first time in Cannes and it will be something I will never forget. Regarding the overpass, keep in mind I had a plane fly over my head about two years ago, so that’s not the weird part. Flying planes is something I’m very used to, but seeing the French Air Force and the French flag was pretty cool.

And [the screening] was really special because first it was a tribute to Tom and then he got the Palme d’Or and then we saw the film and I’ve been sit next to him. So watching his career, sitting next to him was pretty surreal, and then watching the movie and having him hit me on the arm excitedly the whole time…it’s something I’ll never forget.

This is a once in a lifetime experience. So yeah, it’s going to be fun to experience it differently this year.

Christian MungeRomanian filmmaker won 4 in 2007 Palme d’Or months, 3 weeks and 2 days

this It was my first time at a race, so I was told I could go on the first or last day. We decided to go from day one thinking we were going to smash them hard in the beginning and create an impression that even after two days everyone would forget about the movie. But two days later, people are still talking about the movie. I was asked to stay day after day. I can hear people talking about this movie in the street, at parties. I was interviewed after the interview. We started to hope we could win something.

Then the awards, the festival let me stay. At the awards ceremony, it looked like we might be winning the Palme d’Or. I am so stressed out! The stakes were so high I was getting a terrible headache. I was completely flabbergasted when they said my name. I was on stage but I missed the whole moment – I just wanted to focus and say something smart instead of acting like a monkey.

Looking back, it doesn’t feel like an accident. There was something about that movie. It is still remembered as very fresh even today, and it slightly changed the point of view at the time. That’s the hardest thing to do in a movie. You can make a good movie, but, especially the more experienced you are, the more you lose that original innocence and freshness. I don’t know if you can learn to touch it again. It is as important as a certain period in your life.

I’m glad this movie stood the test. You can read a lot about communism, but the feeling of going through it, the feeling that everyone is watching you – for young people, the experience is more interesting than just reading.

Paul Laverty Longtime author of Ken Loach, this year’s 20 section with The Old Oak, looking back at him in trip to Cannes

where we did Angel’s share (at 2007), we have a wonderful little guy, Gary Maitland, who’s been in a few of our movies – he’s in too Over sweet sixteen.

But his real job is in the Glasgow Cleaning Department, [better known as] Cleney. He is a garbage man. In fact, there is a great photo of him cleaning out the dumpsters with a bus passing behind him with a big ad on it The Angels’ Share on top.

But we stayed in Cannes for one night and he went back to work the next day. We looked at the water, and he picked up a glass of champagne, raised the glass and said, “From Cannes to Clainey.” He knocked it back.

From Cannes to Cleney! This is the best quote I’ve ever heard.

Warwick Thornton
Australian Aboriginal director, this year with The New Boy, on winning 2007 Caméra d’ or Samson & Delila

When I first directed at Cannes, they Really bringing all of our newcomers together and putting us in a room, they really made us understand how important this opportunity is.

because you can compete for the Palme d’Or 20 times, but you The first film of the film can only get one shot at the Golden Camera Award. So it did add more pressure to the pressure we were already feeling with the first production in Cannes, but it also made everything a lot more exciting. It created a great rapport between all of our new directors because we were all in this together.

On Un Certain Regard with The New Boy Back together this time, I don’t have that crazy stress anymore. I can be part of the conversation, I’m there to play. Now it’s like, “Hey everyone, look at this beautiful thing we built.”

James Marsh Director of The Theory of Everything and Oscar winner Man on Wire reflect the emotional Rollercoaster was his first film festival (and eventually he won an Academy Award).

I am in 2007 with The King , In Un Certain Regard – A Starring Gael Garcia Bernal An extremely low-budget American film.

You get a call from Cannes and it’s like wow, this isn’t even your wildest fantasy – they’re going to be screening your film at the official festival’s part. So you’re in Cannes, you’re at the premiere of your film, and it’s obviously been a huge success. I think most of them are — there’s a goodwill factor. You get a standing ovation. So it all adds up and you think it’s the best night of my life. I’m a filmmaker now.

Then the next morning I had to go somewhere for the news. I approached the publicist flipping through the magazines behind her. She looks really nervous. So I read the reviews and they are the worst reviews – so bad, so bad, so wicked. I was going from my greatest fantasies becoming reality to being devastated…from the pinnacles of achievement to the troughs of despair and self-loathing…and within hours.

I can’t make any feature films. I can not do anything. So I was forced to go back to documentaries and make Man On Wire . So there is a happy ending.



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