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Ooh ah Cannes-tona

Razia Iqbal | 10:53 UK time, Tuesday, 12 May 2009

cantona300.jpgEric Cantona starring in a surreal Ken Loach comedy? It could only be at the Cannes film festival, where I will be for the next few days and where Mr Cantona's appearance on the red carpet is likely to be a highlight.

The festival will open with a 3D animation, called UP, from Disney/Pixar, a first on both counts. Is this the beginning of the third age for 3D following its "moments" in the 1950s and the 80s when it was cast aside as gimmicky?

Apart from that, Cannes returns to its first unashamedly arthouse competition in years, with Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Ken Loach and Quentin Tarantino among the big names vying for the Palme D'or.

The usual 4,000-plus journalists will be jostling for access and, of course, hoping to chance upon a cinematic masterpiece! Look out for my Cannes blogs as well as radio and TV reports.


  • Comment number 1.

    Going off topic for a moment, how many of the 4000 plus journalists who will be attending this year are from the BBC? After all, in these times of tightened belts etc and the rage from the BBC over the MP's expences I should imagine the BBC will only be sending a couple to go, report and return after spending the bare minimum...Yeah, right! Have a nice holiday Razia. Don't worry, I will pick up the tab!

  • Comment number 2.

    Good point blyth224,
    How many BBC employees will be at Cannes?
    Assuming BBC on-line, BBC radio, TV and BBC news will have separate people all reporting on the same job?

    Can you tell us????

  • Comment number 3.

    I would have loved to attempt to click "complain about this comment" but I'm not sure that missing the point of the BBC means people should have their comments censored. Of course they are going to send people over there, Cannes is always a massive human interest story. People in this country love the cinema even in the downturn. Star Trek smashed box office records this past weekend for example. This year one of our own, Ken Loach, is over there again showing that we still make great films. The BBC does an excellent job with the money it receives from our television licenses and selling its products around the world. Money it spreads out over radio, internet and television as the largest newgathering agency in the world and a maker of consistently good programmes. It is trusted and respected all around the world, but grumbled about at home. Don't get shirty on a blog with a woman who is doing her job for an organisation we should all be very proud of just because she is in Cannes and you are not.
    Don't even get me started on MP's expenses. Non-story.


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