LE FLIC GROS*
Lovisa and Lisa were French...
sure you don't want to examine the bags one more time?!
36 hours in France. And it's not like I had any time to relax,
either. Michel Burnstein, the ace publicist Rachel Goldstein
recommended, had me parked in the hotel cafe the from the moment
I arrived giving interviews for the French press. I did three
on-camera interviews, eight tape recorded interviews and three photo
sessions -- all on two hours of sleep. I assume I was utterly
incoherent; I don't really remember.
international promotion for Woodstock
same night Julie and I went to the screening of Matchstick Men,
which included a tribute to Ridley Scott. The Minister of Culture
made a brief speech and was hissed at by the crowd. We had no idea
why; his speech seemed innocuous enough. Apparently that was exactly
the problem -- he is not known for his great knowledge of things
cultural. Ridley then said a nice, if somewhat tepid "thank
you" and the screening began. Only an hour and a half late. By
the time we got to dinner in Trouville it was 23h30. Asleep by 2 AM.
the slave-driver had me up and doing more interviews at 09h30 the
next morning. By then I was really incoherent, or at least somewhat repetitive. After all that was finished, it was time to write my
opening remarks for the EvenHand screening, which was only 20
minutes away. These days I usually don't write anything, limiting
myself to a thank you for the festival and the programmer that chose
my film and a hearty "enjoy the film." In this case,
though, I was determined to make my remarks in French, even though I
don't really speak the language. So, at breakfast, Julie translated
and transcribed and Michel made final corrections. I must say, this
was an excellent choice; the audience was extremely appreciative of
the effort. I was told that I did make a couple of mistakes, but I
definitely won some points for trying.
at the C.I.D. theater, we walked down the same long red carpet that Ridley
Scott, Sam Rockwell and the talented Alison
Lohman had walked down the night before to a blizzard of flashbulbs
and cries of "Brad Pitt!" which were, I think, (mis)directed at
Sam Rockwell. The following morning was a very different scene. There
was only one papparazzo, who called out "Joseph!" I turned,
posed for two pictures and went inside, feeling rather pointedly the
gap between my career and, say, Ridley Scott's.
The audience was, in general,
more subdued than most, but the overall reaction seemed pretty good.
One of the festival officials confided in me that he liked EvenHand
better than any that were in competition, which was a nice thing
to say. No immediate offers from distributors, but Michel and Andrew will be
following up. I would love to get the film in French theaters.
flic gros" is "fat cop" in French.
an update of the current EvenHand
festival line-up through the end of next week:
OPENING NIGHT FILM! DOUGHTY PERFORMANCE!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Saturday 9/20 at noon, at the Woodstock Film Festival, I will also be appearing on
a panel entitled FILM
CRITICS AND FILMMAKERS. Panelists will discuss the symbiotic relationship
between critics and filmmakers, focusing on the world of limited release
the way, the hopeful reference in the last journal entry to the Athens
Film Festival finding the missing print was not a joke. Apparently, as
of the morning of the 12th, FedEx said the print was still in London.
The screening was scheduled for 7:00 PM that evening, and the Athens
programmer was, understandably, freaking out. It turned out the
print was in Athens after all, but I did not find out until yesterday
that the screening proceeded according to schedule. No word yet on how
it was received by the Greek audience.
don't we have one of these?
noticed the other day that the EvenHand listing on the
Internet Movie Database has started getting votes. If you have seen
the film (and like it -- don't be mean!), please take a minute and
register your vote there. Here's a link:
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