Cannes in 60 Seconds - 2009

Day three of the Cannes Film Festival featured stars, mixed reviews, musicians, deals, and plans to save neglected films.

Key Screenings. Competition: Jane Campion's romantic drama Bright Star and Park Chan-wook's vampire drama Thirst. Un Certain Regard: Lee Daniels' drama Precious. Directors' Fortnight: Pedro Costa's Ne Change Rien. Out of Competition: Michel Gondry's "very personal" doc The Thorn in the Heart. Advance press screening: Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock.

Celeb / Fainting Scenes. Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz traveled to Cannes in support of their appearances in Precious, which made pulses race and cameras click. (I must say, Mariah looks gorgeous!) One person reportedly passed out -- not at the sight of Carey or Kravitz, but during a screening of the bloody vampire flick Thirst. That's a second-hand report, by the way, from The Globe and Mail. Comedian / director Jerry Lewis, 83 years old, told reporters, "Why am I here? To get my car washed." (Per AFP.) No wonder he's so beloved by the French.

Films Sold. No deals for new titles were announced. However, John Woo's period epic Red Cliff has finally secured a US distribution deal. Magnolia Pictures' genre distribution arm Magnet plans a fall release of the combined, edited version, according to Screen International, and will make the entirety of the original film, released abroad in two parts, available on VOD and DVD. Also, Noah Buschel's The Missing Person, which debuted at Sundance, was acquired by Strand Releasing, indieWIRE says. The distributor plans a theatrical release later this year.

After the jump: Martin Scorsese talks about saving world cinema.

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