I'll have a full review up of Kelly Reichardt's new film, Wendy and Lucy, up later, but a quick note on tonight's screening of the film. Reichardt made 2006's critically acclaimed Old Joy, and Wendy and Lucy was one of the films I was most looking forward to checking out here at Cannes.
The big movies are great, but the joy of seeing a smaller film like this at a fest like Cannes is one of the best parts of attending this festival. All I'll say for now is that I liked Wendy and Lucy even better than Old Joy, and Michelle Williams's performance (which is pretty much the entire film) is great.
Williams, looking absolutely lovely in a lacy gold dress, showed up briefly in the Salle Debussy theater with the cast and crew to wave at the crowd from the stage. Audience response to the film was positive, though I didn't really expect any boos with that much of the cast, and particularly Williams herself, in attendance.
I don't believe she stayed for the screening, though -- the pic above was taken on the red carpet for the premiere of Adoration, which was screening tonight next door at the Lumiere (with Cinematical's James Rocchi covering the red carpet for IFC), so I expect she quietly slipped out when the lights went down to attend that.
Upcoming: Review of Atom Egoyan's Adoration; tomorrow is the screening of Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, NY, and the Sony Pictures Classic lunch/roundtable for Adoration, followed by Wim Wenders's The Palermo Shooting.