CANNES – I won’t get too into the nitty gritty of today’s Cannes Film Festival competition jury press conference. Mostly because there wasn’t much said that needs to be repeated or highlighted here.
There was the usual fawning, this time from Elle Fanning saying she “was shocked and couldn't believe she was chosen to be part of the jury,” even mentioning how it feels cyclical to have Inarritu as the president, considering he cast 7-year-old her as Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett’s daughter in ”Babel.”
Inarritu, on the other hand, said he didn’t feel comfortable being President, considering he was never in charge of anything in his life, not even in his own movie sets or family home.
More interestingly, the director elaborated that “The future of cinema is the way we experience it. To watch is not to see. Both different. Cinema is born to be experienced in community and it is different than watching something on an iPhone.” He went on to praise France, which he said “protects cinema, but we need to see it in the rest of the world.” going on to add and question how many of the films in competition would actually be exhibited in theaters.”
Director Kelly Reinhardt looked forward to the day the press will stop asking "what it feels like to be female filmmaker."
As you can tell, it felt like same old, same old. Now, on with the show.