Monday, July 22, 2024

Cannes: Standing Ovation for Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur”


The screening for Roman Polanski‘s “Venus in Fur” just finished in Cannes. Polanski’s French film adaptation of the Broadway hit received a 10 minute standing ovation. The entire jury, including Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman, were present. The jury is said to be divided on what will win the main prizes tomorrow (Sunday). They had to wait until “Venus in Fur” debuted tonight, bringing the voting to the last minute. Tonight they will  deliberate. Michael Douglas is the clear front runner for Best Actor in “Behind the Candelabra,” but you never know about these things. At the same time, 19 year old actress Adele may have jumped out ahead in the three hour steamy lesbian drama “Blue Ruin.” For the Palm D’Or Best Picture it’s a very tough race. My choice would be the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” but Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” is a gem. And there are several non English films held in high regard including “Blue Ruin.” So hold on for reports since yours truly has landed in New York to much the same weather we had in Cannes– rain, cold, wind. Sacre bleu!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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