Cannes Film Festival 2009

For the past week, I’ve been observing the annual Cannes Film Festival from afar, content to experience it via Twitter and the blogs of critics I admire. Although I doubt I’ll ever actually get to attend, I love the anticipation it builds for films that may or may not get to us here in Toronto at TIFF each fall.

On the festival’s web site, I always head straight to the press pages where I grab all the press kits I can find. Although press kits are straight-up marketing and make every film sound like a masterpiece, they’re the best way to get a synopsis and a look at some images. Combined with some smart criticism from sites like Indiewire (@indiewire on Twitter) and individual critics like James Rocchi (@jamesrocchi), Spout’s Karina Longworth (@KarinaLongworth), Variety’s Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck), and IFC’s Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore), I almost feel like I was there. And I didn’t need to buy a tuxedo either.

(UPDATE: 5/24/09): Just thought I’d post some of the award winners here for future reference.

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