Cannes Film Festival - Day 1, Wednesday
The starting point and main hangout is the Palais des Festivals, a truly bewildering eight level complex modelled somewhere between the Pentagon, the Crystal Maze and the Birmingham NEC, only not quite as straightforwardly navigable as any of those. Just getting into the building is job number one, as you're shunted along to not one, not two, not three but four different entrances along the Croisette, each guarded by beige-suited Oompa-Loompas who look alternately like Guy Ritchie rejects or Djimon Hounsou.
Go there, queue there, open that, don't go there, sign that, turn and cough. Many hours and much, much confusion later, I'm still none the wiser about the whole extravaganza, but I did manage to see a film. It was a rather decent effort called Interview, directed and co-written by Steve Buscemi and starring Sienna Miller alongside the late Mr. Pink. Good start.
What I didn't know (talk about being prepared) when it was time to head back to the apartment, was that the last train was at 1930, the last bus was at 2000, it was 37 euros for a taxi and the supermarket was shut. So it was Pringles and beer from the petrol station for dinner. Happy days.
Films Seen: 1
Famous People: 0
Free Stuff: 0
Written by Paul Greenwood
Friday, 18 May 2007