- One of the most anticipated films to hit La Croisette, Lynne Ramsay's long awaited third feature 'Let's Talk About Kevin,'hit it out of the ballpark with indieWIRE's Eric Kohn, who went on to hail Tilda Swinton's lead performance as "breathtakingly fragile," and the drama as an "immersive look at a high-school shooter and his grief-stricken mother," which "avoids sentimentality and constructs a sensationally moving evocation of the ultimate dysfunctional family." Dana Harris was on hand to catch the press conference following the first screening of the film. "It's a bloody business, being a parent," shared Swinton while on stage. She was joined by Ramsay, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly.
- Gus Van Sant's delayed follow-up to 2008's 'Milk' also premiered today. "A flimsy teenage romance with dashes of bittersweet inspiration, Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' is little more than a whimsical exercise," wrote Kohn in his mostly negative critique. "Neither unwatchable nor particularly memorable, it mainly succeeds as a showcase for Van Sant's younger collaborators."
- The first film to screen in competition, Julia Leigh's big-screen debut 'Sleeping Beauty,'left Kohn lukewarm. ... " 'Sleeping Beauty' takes a long time to cast its spell," he wrote. "Leigh, an Australian novelist making her big-screen debut, relies almost entirely on insinuative behavior to provide exposition." The film earned a B+. Other critics had a mostly negative reaction, according to Brian Brooks, who attended the press screening and the subsequent press conference, where Leigh explained the viewing experience of her film.
- Focus CEO James Schamus hit up a buyers-only presentation at Cannes' Olympic Cinema to moderate a panel with the three directors of 'Cloud Atlas' -- Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Among the announcements made: The film will co-star Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw in addition to the film's star, Tom Hanks. The film is set to commence shooting in September.
- News hit at Cannes that Michael Winterbottom's next movie will star Jack Black ... You heard that right. The movie has a working title of 'Bailout' and it's adapted by Jess Walter from his own novel, 'The Financial Lives of Poets.' Now in pre-production, the producers plan to start shooting in August.
- Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are making an impressive showing this year, complete with screenings of Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris,' Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' and Pedro Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In.' Thompson on Hollywoodexamined the duo's contributions to Cannes, along with their festival strategy.
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