The Cannes Diaries – Of Papers and Boys
There’s been a strong contingent of young stars in Cannes this year. Today’s screening of Cosmopolis, and the premiere happening this evening, sees Robert Pattinson back in Cannes, following his first foray here when he came to present Twilight footage before the first film came out. Starring in director David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, Robert goes tête-à-tête with Paul Giamatti in the movie, which is an overflow of information as it plays upon the themes of social and economic crisis that’s befallen our society. Rob’s girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, who’s here with On the Road, is expected to join him on the red carpet at tonight’s premiere. Possible candidates to take over from Cannes “It” couple – Brad and Angelina…?
It was great to have Don DeLillo on the panel for the press conference. It’s always interesting to get an author’s take on the film interpretation of their work. DeLillo said they’re totally different life forms and that although they were his words, it felt like he was looking at something new. The director said it took him 6 days to write the screenplay, but that, like any other art work created, he didn’t mess with the basic structure and style of the book. “It’s like a Bob Dylan song,” he said. “Everyone knows the lyrics and how it goes, so you don’t mess with the rhythm. You just try to bring out something new.”
Lee Daniels also ventured into a novel once again, for his second film offering. Following on from Precious, which debuted here in2009, the director roped in another young talent – this time Zac Efron, who plays a character he says appealed to him because it was “raw and dangerous”. There are some surprising scenes with him, and Matthew McConaughey too, is seen in a different light. Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Macy Gray were also at the press conference.
Meanwhile, the sun is still shining at Cannes – and that makes me happy!