Cannes Report Day 8: Oliver Stone Says Hollywood Will Not Support JFK Doc, “French Dispatch” Wows

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Oliver Stone headed to the Cannes Film Festival this week 30 years after the release of JFK’s dramatic love affair, this time with a documentary about the assassination of John F. Kennedy that aims to get more answers about the 1963 event. But Stone, who was last in the official selection in Cannes with the sequel to 2010 “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, returned to the festival in a fighting mood.

At a news conference in Cannes on Tuesday morning, Stone mourned the fact that Hollywood and American financiers were not inspired to fund his latest film, “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass” “We have to go, for ours history, in Europe “, he said (through the deadline), hinting that he had the same problem when he financed the 2016 drama” Snowden “, about the NSA informant Edward Snowden.

Its producer, Robert Wilson, had even louder words: “There is a real problem in the US with this side of the film industry holding our history,” Wilson said. “It is depressing that we have to go to England to get money to tell a story that is inherently American.”

Stone was annoyed that “JFK Revisited” even had a four-hour cut he could have shown in Cannes, but the version the audience saw fell with some critics at the festival.

“Even after this two-hour release of speakers, photostatically weighted files and some shocking shots of President Kennedy’s brain, we are no closer to something like the truth,” wrote TheWrap’s Jason Solomons, noting that the film is ” procession of white, male writers and experts in boring shirts guiding you through their theories and old books. “

CANNES, FRANCE – JULY 13: (LR) Timothée Chalamet, Wes Andeerson, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray attend the photoshoot for “The French Dispatch” during the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival on July 13, 2021 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kate Green / Getty Images)

“The French Dispatch” Cast has some fun

Wes Anderson and the cast of his latest film, “The French Dispatch” chose not to hold the usual press conference in Cannes after the film premiered on Monday, with author Roman Coppola explaining that they would like to talk about the film on their own.

Anderson gave a few words in an exclusive interview at Vanity Fair, along with a clip from Timothée Chalamet’s “Bathtub Manifesto” in which she is naked in front of Frances McDormand. In one of the five episodes that make up the film, Chalamet plays a rebellious student and McDormand as a Stoic journalist who undertakes to cover the uprising. The protests are based on the real student uprising of 1968 that consumed France (and stopped this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the middle).

“They started, they tell us, with the students ‘insistence that male students be allowed to visit the girls’ dormitory,” Anderson said. “It then turns into a much bigger protest that goes on.”

“The French Dispatch” is an episodic film by Anderson, linking many stories that all live within the pages of a New Yorker style magazine edited by Bill Murray. And while it will be a few more months for American audiences to see it, the film has an impressive 100% rating for Rotten Tomatoes (see TheWrap reactions collection here) from Tuesday morning and Twitter had a lot of fun admiring some of the jokes of the cast during the 9 minute applause of the film.

For the first time, Chalamet’s silver suit set the traditional fashion standards at Croisette, and during the O-pose, co-star Tilda Swinton even pulled this little prank on young Timmy.

Cannes takes a break from Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron came down hard with new health policies in his country on Monday, as the Delta variant of the corona continues to rage across Europe. He ordered the vaccination of health workers by September 15, with the aim of vaccinating the country 100%, and also issued a strict mandate that people in cinemas, concert venues and theaters should be vaccinated, with evidence of vaccination appearing through something called the EU Digital Covid Certificate, or “health card”.

There was fear before his decision to repeal the current Cannes protocols and even threaten to derail the festival. However, Macron’s mandate for the cinemas starts on July 21, which means that it will not take effect until four days after the festival award.

“The country is facing a strong recurrence of the epidemic that is affecting our entire territory,” Macron told the AP on Monday. “The equation is simple. The more we vaccinate, the less space we allow this virus to circulate. ”

About 40% of the population of France is fully vaccinated and by August the requirement for a health card will also apply to cafes, shopping malls or by train or plane.

However, Macron stopped forcing a new lock in order to combat the delta variant, saying “we have to learn to live with the virus.”

The “F9” Rocks the Cannes Beach

You can keep your feature films as Cannes on Monday welcomed what Thierry Fremaux described as a “planetary blockbuster” at the festival, showing Vin Diesel’s “F9” on the beach. Diesel himself did not attend, but the event attracted a large crowd, with the open-air cinema open to anyone.

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