On The Road is one of the films I’ve been looking forward to seeing at Cannes. Brazilian director Walter Salles says it took many years to adapt the classic book by the iconic author onto the big screen, after producer Roman Coppola’s father, Francis Ford, was given the rights many years ago. It’s a heady trip down the road of inspiration, Beat-style, but as Salles told us in the press conference, Neal Cassady’s son John said to him this was not a story about the beat generation itself but about the formative years, and what led to the creation of this influential group. The film’s stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge and Danny Morgan were at the press con to talk about the film.
It was also a big day in Cannes for Kylie Minogue who is part of the latest film from French director Leos Carax that’s been generating a lot of buzz around the fest so far – especially from The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, who gave it a 5 star rating and Empire’s Damon Wise, who said it’s films like this one that are the very reason he comes to Cannes.