From behind the scenes to on-camera action, the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is full of Jewcy goodness.
Starting with this year’s choice for director of Cannes jury, film doctor Steven Spielberg. The Oscar-winner will be following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Roman Polanski, and recently described the appointment as an “honour and a privilege.”
A controversial director in his own right, Polanski—- who by the way is a Holocaust survivor—- has two films at this year’s festival. The first is Weekend of a Champion, a 1970’s documentary about a renowned British former Formula One racing driver recalled by journalist Kevin Eason as “one of the greatest figures of motor racing.”
His second project is Venus in Fur, based on the Broadway stage play.
Next up is directing duo Joe and Ethan Coen. The brothers’ are showing their highly anticipated drama, Inside Llewyn Davis, which opened at Cannes over the weekend. The film is about a relatively unknown 1960’s folk singer (played by relative unknown Oscar Isaac) bouncing from couch to couch in efforts to gain career momentum. Justin Timberlake plays a supporting role in the film, a fellow singer in the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene.
Right away, Isaac’s performance generated a Cannes-style buzz, with whisperings of even a possible Oscar nomination. Consequently (and conveniently), CBS Films will release Inside Llewyn Davis this fall in the heart of awards season.
Another buzzed about performance at this year’s festival is that of Michael Douglas in Behind the Canelabra. The grandchild of Jewish immigrants, Douglas stars alongside America’s favorite toehead (Matt Damon, duh) in the Liberace biopic. The film is nominated for this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, (not sure what it means? We already Googled it for ya—- Palme d’Or is another word for “the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition.”)
And now for the Jewcy on-screen action: earlier this week, footage of Jewess Natalie Portman’s new project, Knight of Cups, began a highly-anticipated showing. The film also stars Christan Bale and Cate Blanchett, and allegedly the “tightly guarded” plot is about celebrities and excess.
Another piece of eye candy at this year’s festival is James Franco, (another one of those, “he’s Jewish? Who knew!” moments), who’s set to be screening As I Lay Dying—- an adaptation of the same-titled book by William Faulkner.
Also generating heat is Mila Kunis, who stars in the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties. The film tells the story of two Brooklyn-based brothers who get involved with organized crime during the 1970s, and required Kunis to put on a bit of weight for the role, as well as many pairs of bellbottoms.
Last but not least, the one and only Sacha Baron Cohen managed to make a splash at this year’s event despite no film project of his own (on the immediate horizon) to promote. Cohen and Great Gatsby actor Isla Fisher showed up at Leonardo DiCaprio’s late-night Gatsby-style party celebrating the film’s premiere at Cannes.
According to published reports, Cohen and Fisher showed up to the event in bathrobes at around 3AM, fully in-character and jokingly complaining about the “noise level.”
“Leo and his pals were partying with a vengeance when Sacha and Isla appeared in robes and slippers, jokingly saying the party was too loud and they couldn’t sleep,” a source told the New York Post. “Needless to say, the revelry continued and the couple stayed to party. The crowd loved it.”
The 2013 Cannes film festival will take place from May 15 to May 26, 2013. Here’s to a good year for the film industry, fully equipped with quality indies to makes our hearts skip a beat, (…. it’s been a while since the Etgar Keret inspired Wristcutters: A Love Story has wooed us.)