Thursday, May 30, 2013

HOW I FINALLY MADE IT TO CANNES AND IT WASN'T A DREAM

A Short Film and A Red Carpet Screening are Maryl's Ticket to the Cannes Film Festival

Susan, Exec. Director-Eurica and Maryl

When I was starting out in the film and video business, one of my first productions was selected for a women’s festival at the Mercer Arts Center in New York. I was excited but still a novice and just wanted to make videos. Years after one of my documentaries was entered as a possible Academy Award nominee. That’s what you dream about when you’re in this industry….an Oscar or a screening at Cannes. Sometimes you get there much later and not the way you thought.

I’m in France for a few weeks. My daughter is taking a photography course in Avignon and I’m staying with a close friend in Provence. Susan is also a filmmaker and runs Eurica Media Lab, her non-profit with a mission of cross cultural education and exchange through film. A member on her board is one of the producers of “The Immigrant”, a contender for the Palme d’Or this year at the Cannes Film Festival and we have tickets to the red carpet event and screening and the party after on the beach. 

But first we have to get to Cannes, which is a madhouse of traffic, people, photographers, expositions and party tents on the beach.....



...and of course the red carpet.


We arrive and are met by the Eurica student film makers who have an entry (Susan is the executive producer; I assisted with wardrobe.) in the short film competition...

Susan with Jérémie Laurent, the director, Charlene Favier and Didier Ballivet 
.....and then lunch at The Majestic Hotel, home base for film stars attending the festival. 


We sat next to Harvey Weinstein and later passed Steven Spielberg getting into his car.  I don't think they saw us!

It's time for the main event.  The lobby of The Majestic fills with chicly-clad women and tuxedoed men.





We pull together some outfits, make our way towards the entrance for invited guests and up the red carpet.


                                                                                 Red Carpet slide show

We made it through the gauntlet without too much embarrassment and inside the theater where we watch the stars arrive...

Kristin Scott Thomas arriving.
The stars of "The Immigrant", Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renne, arriving.
The film's director James Gray poses with the stars.
The producers join the stars and director.
Warm reception for the stars and later the film itself.
"The Immigrant" did not win the Palme d'Or.  (The French film, "Blue is the Warmest Color", took the honors.)  It would have been a nice close to all the fanfare but earning a red carpet screening at Cannes over hundreds of entries is perhaps the bigger challenge.  It was exciting to be a part of that in a small way and even more so to have the Eurica short film in competition with our names in the credits. Yes, we made it to Cannes after all!     




12 comments:

  1. Well, congratulations. I know how hard it is to get a film made. Also getting into the Cannes competition is an achievement. So bravo to you and fun seeing the photos.

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    1. Sandra, Thank you for your comment and for finding me. Mostly I'm glad I found you. I loved your "Picasso Summer" post. What an experience. Such glamor. And I was just at St. Paul de Vence on this trip. Was the Maeght Museum built yet when you were there? The building is as breakthrough as the art collection. And we had lunch at the Colombe d"Or too. Love the stories behind the paintings. I have much more to write about from my three weeks in Provence. I'll check in with you also. Thanks again.

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  2. Hi I am so happy for you. Thank you for letting me into a world I can only dream about.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I'm happy to share my dream with you.

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    1. Yes it was and so was all of Provence. I liked your piece on Flora and Fauna of the region. Thanks.

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  4. What a terrific experience on so many levels-Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks Joan, maybe we should film our next reunion!

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  5. What a great experience! Good for you that you got to go! I want the pictures of what you were wearing that night!!
    This was truly an experience of a lifetime. You go! Girl!

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    1. Thanks much Ruth. You won't see pictures of what I was wearing because it was embarrassing. I ran down the red carpet...whoosh! If the event had only been the following week as I bought the most beautiful dress and with my new haircut I would have knocked them dead. I'll write about that next week. Talk soon I hope.

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  6. Joan class of '70June 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Yes! but is there a picture of you and what you are wearing? Mr Weinstein and Mr Spielberg probably did see you but it was just too awkward at that moment to jump up and say "Hello." Great experience to share with us. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Joan, See my comment above about what I wore. I just hadn't brought anything with me! Who packs formal attire for a trip just in case? I'll see Harvey in NYC and Stephen will just have to wait! Thanks.

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