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jade chang in tinseltown

This week, Vincent Gallo takes a bunny to Cannes.

This year there are only three US movies in competition at Cannes - Gus Van Sant’s high school tragedy, Elephant, Clint Eastwood’s painful story of childhood friends embroiled in a murder investigation, Mystic River, and Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny. Starring, written and directed by Gallo, Bunny follows a professional motorcycle racer on the road as he dreams of a girl he once loved, named Daisy Lemon (played by Chloë Sevigny).

In a November 2001 interview with US magazine, Soma, Gallo says of The Brown Bunny, “It’s going to be my second film. And probably my last.” Why? “It’s going to take a long time and I’ll be very much confronting death by that point. I’ll be old. It takes about two years for it all to play out.” The film was finished in a year and a half and, as far as we know, Gallo is still alive and cursing. We hope he cheats the grave long enough to make it to Cannes.

This next piece of news is deeply confusing. Hearing it shoved me into a looking glass world where, perversely, everything turns out to be exactly as it should. Lance Bass, the most vapid-looking of the N Sync-ers (anyone with those pale blue eyes either looks insipid or like a cold-blooded killer, a la Christopher Walken), is planning to remake The Great Gatsby. With Bass himself starring as the mythical Jay Gatsby. And socialite Paris Hilton co-starring as Daisy, the ineffable, all-American object of desire. This isn’t some silly trip into space – it’s F Scott Fitzgerald’s perfect novel, his kernel of truth that contains everything you need to understand America. But then, Lance is rather fabulous but vague, a man without a past, always a little awkward even in the midst of his own party. And, in a way, Paris is the girl you can never have, uncaring and heartbreaking, profoundly silly yet always one golden step ahead. So maybe, somehow, they are improbably perfect. Jade Chang 16 May 03

useful link: cannes film festival official site

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