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Cannes: Steven Spielberg Will Lead Jury From His Yacht, Polanski Film A Possibility, Short Films Announced

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Here are some exclusive updates on Cannes 2013: Sources say Steven Spielberg‘s yacht has left Ft. Lauderdale and set sea for the Cote d’Azur. I’m told Spielberg will run the Cannes jury from the yacht, possibly screening films there instead of attending public screenings. I hope he does come to some of the screenings at the Palais. When Robert DeNiro was chief judge he was spotted constantly, and it gave the Festival a buzz.

The Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported last month that the Seven Seas is “at 282 feet long, it would soar 28 stories tall if set on end. Its cost: $200 million. It boasts luxury amenities for 12 guests, with a crew of 26. There is a large master stateroom with a study and private deck, a helipad, indoor cinema and an infinity pool with a 15-foot glass wall that converts to a movie screen so the director and his guests can take in a film while swimming.” …

Roman Polanski was in Cannes last year for a tribute. But it’s been a while since he had a film in the festival. That may change today. Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux is screening Polanski’s take on the Broadway play “Venus in Fur” which stars Matthieu Almaric and Mrs. Polanski– Emmanuelle Seigner. The film is in French and would be Part 3 of Polanski’s “confinement series”– in “The Ghost Writer” everyone was stuck in that house on Martha’s Vineyard, then in “God Carnage” it was an apartment in Brooklyn. “Venus in Fur” takes place in a rehearsal studio.

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

 

Ali  ASGARI

BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT

(MORE THAN TWO HOURS)

 

Iran

15’

Mohammed  ABOU NASSER, Ahmad ABOU NASSER

 

CONDOM LEAD

 

Palestine Jordan

14’

Gudmundur Arnar GUDMUNDSSON

HVALFJORDUR

(WHALE VALLEY)

 

Iceland Denmark

15’

SASAKI Omoi

INSEKI TO IMPOTENCE

(THE METEORITE AND IMPOTENCE)

 

Japan

10’

Gilles COULIER

MONT BLANC

 

Belgium

14’

Elzbieta BENKOWSKA

OLENA

 

Poland

14’

Annarita ZAMBRANO

OPHELIA

 

France

15’

MOON Byounggon

SAFE

 

 

South Korea

13’

Adriano VALERIO

37°4 S

 

France

11’

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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