Despite worries that Cannes 2005 would be a lukewarm stew of respectable types compared to last year’s bubbling Crock-PotÂ® of politics, the festival has managed to get a least a few people worked up of somethingerother. Before we get to that, though, we’d just like to point out that Mike D’Angelo’s Nerve.com festival blog (which we plucked off Greencine Daily) is surely the smartest, funniest of all festival dispatches out there (Manohla and Tony are fine, but not nearly as entertaining).
First off, Tommy Lee Jones‘s feature debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" has been disqualified from competition for the Camera d’Or, a prize for best first feature film, as according to festival rules it is not actually Jones’ debut — he directed "The Good Old Boys" for TV back in 1995. "Burials" remains in competition for the Palme d’Or. Also DQed for the same reasons: James Marsh‘s "The King" and Karin Albou‘s "La Petite JÃ©rusalem."
Word on the Croisette Saturday was that Jones was the first to be disqualified, and then someone in his camp turned to online film database IMDb.com to point out the directing credits of the other two filmmakers. A spokesperson for Jones could not be reached.
We assume festival personnel has been so busy parsing journalists into mysterious badge castes that they didn’t get around to that essential minute or so of online research.
Meanwhile, according to Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian, Carlos Reygadas‘ "Battle in Heaven" is a frontrunner for the Palme D’Or. The point of the film seems to be unappealing sexuality: it opens with a shot of a teenage girl giving a blow job (unsimulated, according to D’Angelo) to an obese older man, and goes on from there. At BBC News, Reygadas is quoted as saying his film is not pornographic: "Porn aims to sexually excite the viewer. That’s not what this is about." We can’t argue with that.
Apparently "Battle in Heaven" is not the only film whose sexual content has everyone hot and bothered. The Advocate has Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth talking about the various naughty things they do during Atom Egoyan‘s "Where the Truth Lies." The film, which seems to be garnering critical "eh"s from everyone, looks the decadent life of a 50s comedy team, and the pair’s fall from grace after a dead girl is found in their hotel room. Orgies and such abound, and according to Bacon at a Cannes press conference, "One of the things about this film is that when we’re having sex, we’re
naked, and that’s what kind of flips people out… It’s unfortunate that people find [two male nudes] so
disturbing. To me, the sex in this film is extremely appropriate."