Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Reel Deal Goes to Cannes Update #9: Getting Your Film into Cannes in Five Easy Steps
The last day is reserved for repeats of all of the films in competition. I plan of an intense double feature of "Amour" and "The Hunt" later today, but I started the day off strong with Ken Loach's "Angel's Share." Most films that screen during Cannes are not happy affairs. So it was refreshing to see a comedy in competition. This British film is light-hearted yet very smart. It's shot like a drama, yet written like a comedy. It's a caper about a group of bumbling criminals who try to steal a cask of rare whiskey. Hilarity ensues.
"Angel's Share" is certainly different than what you will usually see at Cannes, as there is, in a way, a certain "Cannes film." After watching enough of them, I can say that I've found a sort of criteria. Despite the prestige of Cannes, getting a film in the festival isn't as hard as you might think.* Based on my observations, here is my criteria of how to make a Cannes Film Festival entry in five easy steps:
1. At least one, overly long, and awkward sex scene.
See: The Paperboy, On the Road, Excision, Rust & Bone
2. At least two hours in length (exception: .
3. If it's an American film, set in the South.
See: Lawless, Killing Them Softly, The Paperboy, On the Road (certain parts)
4. Cast an actor looking to be "taken more seriously."
See: Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis), Shia LaBeouf (Lawless), Kristen Stewart (On the Road), Zac Efron (The Paperboy)
5. Cast Brad Pitt or Matthew McConaughey
See: Killing Them Softly, The Paperboy, Mud
*Note: Getting a film into Cannes is not actually this easy.