This year, the Festival de Cannes runs from May 12th through May 23rd. I was fortunate to see a dear friend debut his film, "Menace II Society," in the 90s there. Afterward, we celebrated at a blowout on the croisette, and he gave me and my pal hats and tee-shirts plastered with the film's logo. When we wore them later that week as we meandered through Provence, people looked at us strangely, though we were so far from menacing, it was laughable.
Tim Burton, who cut me to pieces with "Edward Scissorhands" is the 2010 President of the Feature Film Jury, while Atom Egoyen (his unforgettable "The Sweet Hereafter" was anything but) takes the reigns of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury. Familiar names screening films out of competition are Woody Allen ("You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"), Stephen Frears ("Tamara Drewe"), and Oliver Stone ("Wall Street - Money Never Sleeps"). In competition, Doug Liman has "Fair Game" and Mike Leigh is showing "Another Year." "Robin Hood," directed by Ridley Scott, is the opening film, though it's not competing. I'm not sure we need another film about this Nottingham hero, but if it's half as gripping as Scott's current TV series, "The Good Wife," I want to see it.
We all know Robin Hood took from the rich and gave to the poor. Cinemark Theatres is honoring that spirit with their Robin Hood Sweepstakes, giving the winner a check for $5,000 as well as a $5,000 donation in the winner's honor to a charity of their choosing. (I am partial to Starlight Children's Foundation and Food Forward.) That ought to cover plenty of films and a visit to the Cannes Film Festival next year. Use your "cannes do" attitude and enter.
Voilà - the link to the Robin Hood Sweepstakes: