At a Cannes Film Festival like no other, Leos Carax’s Annette it may have been the perfect opening movie.
Our Pete Hammond described it as an “unusual rock opera musical fantasy” (not the most populated in genres) in his Term Last night’s review, and the film’s creativity and originality, typical of Carax, has sparked a buzz on the Croisette about how good the Cannes program looks this year. Some are doubting AnnetteThe main draw and the potential for prizes, and of course, a lot of people left the premiere in the middle (possibly to watch the penalty shoot-out of the Spain-Italy soccer game), but overall the overall message is: auteur cinema it’s back, and it’s going to be a lot to look forward to for the next 10 days.
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The Annette The crew met again this morning for the post-screening press conference, without Adam Driver, who did not show up. Driver caused a bit of a stir here last night when he lit a cigarette during the post-premiere standing ovation at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, exhaling for the Canal + TV camera. While no one encourages that kind of behavior, perhaps the blame lies on the feet of director Leos Carax, who by cutting the film to a hefty 2-hour-20 runtime created a challenge for any nicotine addict, particularly afterwards. an hour or more. of the opening speeches.
In fact, Carax was also sporting a cigarette in hand when he abruptly came out of the presser this morning, declaring that he “needed to go pee” but would “be back.” Interestingly, this was right after the final question was asked, so everyone else quickly followed suit.
The conference was free of real controversy. Star Marion Cotillard spoke about the challenges of being the center of attention as a movie star: “It’s been a big question in my personal life. Why do you need to be looked at, loved by many people? It can build your confidence … but it can destroy it. Especially when you don’t love yourself that much. We’ve seen so many celebrities go down. “
He also spoke about the unconventional process behind the filming of the musical, with the voices captured on camera and not dubbed in post-production. “Normally you record songs in a studio and lip sync on set,” he explained, “Here it was live, it means that the sound of the singing changed with every movement of the body. We had a lot of action while we sang, it was unlike any other project that involves singing. “
Actor Simon Helberg laughed when asked about sharing something in common with Cannes Delegate General Thierry Fremaux: a passion for martial arts.
“Do you want me to fight him? Is that what you are asking? We will fight, ”Helberg joked.
He was also asked about how to get physical with Adam Driver in the movie, and if his martial arts training might have allowed him to fight back.
“I had no chance with Adam,” said the actor, noting the significant height difference between him and the former United States Navy pilot. “I just had to introduce myself.”
The film took an unconventional trip to the screen, as it was written by the music duo Sparks Brothers about eight years ago, initially as an album. Read more about that on Damon Wise’s feature here.
Speaking in the press, Ron and Russell Mael, also known as the Sparks Brothers, said they had found a “kindred spirit” in Carax and that working with the filmmaker had been “a dream.”
Carax, in turn, said that part of his inspiration behind wanting to make the film was frustration at not being a musician – “music rejected me when I was a child” – and added that he wished he had been the third Sparks brother.
When asked if they would explore doing a live version, the musicians said they were open to it, but only if Carax conducts it. Given that Carax does about a major project in a decade, that might be asking a lot.