The audience in Cannes is won over by Pixar’s new release Inside Out. Pete Docter directed it and presented it to Cannes out-of-course. The protagonists of this new animated cartoon are feelings: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. The main character is Riley, a little girl from Minnesota who is forced to move with her parents in San Francisco. Her feelings will go out of whack because of the sudden change of house, school, city and habits. In order to give Riley some balance, Joy and Sadness will get lost in her subconscious and rebuild memories and identity. Inside Out is a voyage to the limits of our sensitivity. It seems this new animated cartoon is going to be successful, the preview of the movie ended among long pounding applauses accompanying the credits.
There have also been some gatherings and debates between previews. For example, there was a conference on the future of copyright in Europe in digital era. The French PM, Manuel Vall, and the Minister for Culture, Fleur Pellerin, intervened stating that France is out in front to protect artists, “We are open to a more modern law on copyright, but we are not ready to throw the past away”. The European Commission is studying different strategies to protect copyright, especially from web hackers, and is creating an effective system of patents, which will be less expensive and more juridical efficiency, allowing competition in the European industry.
Meanwhile in Cannes, people are starting talking about another event: the Global Film & Music Fest in Ischia, from July 11th to 19th. The festival will begin with the world preview of Southpaw by Antoine Fuqua, starring Jack Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. The story is about social redemption of a boxing champion stepping on the ring again to save himself from autodestruction and to gain her daughter’s trust back, after social services had taken her from him because of his violent behavior. Pascal Vicedomini – director and creator of the festival – presented this festival at Cannes with Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
Applauses and hisses in theaters. It was the case of Gus Van Sant, who directed The Sea of Trees, and the main protagonist Matthew McConaughey. They were inside the theater and the audience pointed and hissed at them and the actors, disapproval was pounding, this is the worst film of Van Sant’s carrier. Nevertheless, the actor, who came on the red carpet with his usual beard, underlined that the audience has the right to display its disapproval. It appears that hisses were for his character and the film itself, not for the actor. The story is about an aspiring suicide victim who arrives in the Suicide Forest near the Fuji Mountain, in Japan, and meets a Japanese man. Together they start an unexpected journey.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa