linking Ash to it. Earlier, Sonam happily announced
the media that she would attend Cannes as the face of
L’Oreal alongside Ash. However, when she was conspicuous
with her absence in the red carpet at the festival,
it was speculated that Ash did not want her to ‘steal
the thunder’. Later, it turned out that L’Oreal
advised Sonam to be off from this year’s festival.
For what reason, we have no clue.
At the festival, the Pixar 3D animation film Up opened
with the credit of being the only animation film to
have opened at the festival in its history. Up, about
a 78-year-old retired balloon sales man is slated to
be released in the US during late May 2009. As many
as 20 movies from various countries compete this year
for the prestigious Palme d’Or for the best film
and other categories including Grand Prix, Prix du Jury
and Prix Un Certain Regard that was introduced to recognize
Among the screenings, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious
Basterds, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Andrea Arnold’s
Fish Tank and Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon
are the most talked about. My Neighbor, My Killer directed
by Anne Aghion, being screened in the special screening
section, features the disturbing tales of how Rwandan
Hutus were incited to wipe out the country’s Tutsi
Inglorious Basterds seems to have received an ambivalent
reaction among those who have watched it in the screenings,
according to an official review released by a British
website. The movie will, however, only be released in
the US in the month of August with release dates hovering
around the end of 2009 in other countries. Nevertheless,
as is customary to other Tarantino movies, Inglorious
Basterds is also, as they say, ‘much-awaited’.
Before we forget, the film’s lead Brad Pitt appeared
with his lovely wife, the tattoo-wielding, Angelina
Jolie at the screening putting an end to their split
rumors. Interestingly, the couple earlier sparked rumors
that their marriage is on the rocks and had not appeared
in any public events together for about three months.
So when the curtains fall on May 24, 2009 at the Cannes
Film Festival, considered to be the significant platform
to showcase the European movies, one film would have
received the exalted Golden Palm. But it would mostly
be the D&Gs, Cavallies and Versaces that invariably
give the flash bulbs enough work.
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