Second Week in Cannes
May 19, 2010 Posted in: Blog/News 0

The last time Olia was in Cannes, it was for a marketing conference organized by McDonalds.  Sitting at the market cafeteria, having lunch and observing people trying to close deals, we realized that men in black suits are essentially the same but it is still more entertaining to sell movies than hamburgers.

The second week in Cannes is when you actually settle into the rhythm of things and when the city that is transformed into one big film set stops being so overwhelming. This is when you can enjoy the view, the surroundings and even the meetings because you’re not so stressed anymore.

Yesterday, we attended an interesting documentary brunch- very refreshing to finally be in a doc-friendly environment.  It was also interesting to note that the Cannes Film Festival that had usually been 99% focused on fiction is now opening up to documentaries. Yay!

Today started with the usual “door-to-door bible sale” experience but then ended quite nicely. We were at a Polish reception – and here we’ve got to give it to the Poles: best champagne, best hors d’oeuves and best view – and there was one very important person that we were standing in line to meet. When he saw our cards and read the name of our movie he said: “Oh my God! You made that film? I am dying to see it, I heard so much about it!”

Needless to say Olia almost choked on champagne.  As they say: in Cannes, you never know what will really work out, but we hope something good will come out of it.

On a sadder note, our friends and biggest supporters Melana and John have already left. Melana returned to DC and John went back to Poland. We miss them already and their tireless efforts to promote our work and work the room on our behalf.

Now we’re off to see the premiere of the first feature length Ukrainian film ever in competition at Cannes Schastye Moye (My Joy).

More updates to come…

PS: We also miss Melana’s touch on writing the blog.  We are trying our best to keep up :-)

Andryi Khalpakhchi the director of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation

The pavilion at work

Ready to take off - the view from the Ukrainian pavilion

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