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Cannes Film Festival 2010

Postby Annie » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:45 pm

Tim Burton to head Cannes film festival to lead Cannes festival jury

Auteur Tim Burton. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Just as Hollywood succumbs to its annual pre-Oscar tension and Britain to its Bafta jitters, the Cannes festival has contributed to the seasonal film fever by announcing the name of its jury president for this year: Tim Burton.

Alice in Wonderland Production year: 2010 Country: USA Cert (UK): PG Runtime: 108 mins Directors: Tim Burton Cast: Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, Barbara Windsor, Christopher Lee, Crispin Glover, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Timothy Spall More on this film The tousle-haired 51-year-old director of dark and cult classics such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, has it in his power to make or break the reputations of auteurs everywhere.

Burton ' whose partner is the British screen star Helena Bonham Carter, with whom he has homes in London and Los Angeles ' was a member of the Cannes jury in 1997 and on the short film jury in 2006. His biopic of the crazed B-movie supremo Ed Wood Jr, premiered at Cannes in 1995, again starred Depp, the pulchritudinous actor who is something between Burton's muse and dapper alter ego.

In a way, Burton is the perfect Cannes president. He looks like every American's view of a Euro-intellectual (dishevelled, black shades), is but also a very ­Europeanised Hollywood film director, with his intensively designed and sepulchrally atmospheric Goth-type pictures, in which Depp is a regular performer. His next film, Alice In Wonderland, starring Depp as the Mad Hatter and out in two months, will underline his reputation as a film-maker with a very personal style.

Aspirant film-makers should however beware. Jury presidents at Cannes tend to be very self-conscious about giving prizes to films that look like something they could have made. Dark, moody films starring people in eyeliner who look like Depp, probably won't make the grade.


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Re: Cannes Film Festival 2010

Postby Annie » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:06 pm

Only 16 movies make it to Cannes this year. Note that Naomi Watts is in two of them.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/ne ... 2354.story
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