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Cannes/London 2013: Friday, May 24th

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Had a pretty laid back day today, mostly because I knew I already had a ticket to Michael Kohlhaas (so I didn’t have to worry about getting a ticket at the raffle or waiting in the rush line).

By the way, my dad e-mailed me an interesting tidbit about Michael Kohlhaas. Apparently, the original novella/character was the inspiration for the character Coalhouse Walker in E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime — one of my favorite novels!

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Mary forgot her wallet at home today, so I went to the American Pavilion for a few minutes to hand it to her. There, I ran into Pip who told me that Walter (another American Pavilion mentor) said I was doing a great job on “Pip Squad” — getting there early and actually helping people by answering their questions, giving extra helpful information, and being patient. So that was nice. :)

I worked outside on the balcony for a few hours on my new short script Those Endless Nights and I think it’s going well. I’m actually almost done writing it!

While walking to the screening tonight and passing all the restaurants, I found myself standing about a foot away from Tilda Swinton!!! I think she might have been finishing a dinner meeting since I saw her shaking hands with someone. She seemed very tall and vibrant, and was wearing a very chic black suit. The whole thing was extremely surreal and I admit I almost hyperventilated afterwards, ha ha ha. I’m interested in seeing Only Lovers Left Alive, but I won’t attempt the gala screening because I don’t feel like fighting all the Tom Hiddleston fans.

Michael Kohlhaas was a difficult but interesting film — very hyper realistic, but not as violent as I expected (I guess I was preparing myself for ultra-violence like Valhalla Rising). I can definitely see how Doctorow was inspired by the novella and I’d be interested to read it (available for free on Wikisource). What was most amazing was watching the film in the same audience as Mads Mikkelsen!!! And it was great being able to clap for him where he could actually hear it. :D

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Mads Mikkelsen and his wife Hanne Jacobsen on the red carpet!
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P.S. I think I forgot to mention this story from a few days ago. I was walking in the film market past TBS and found myself standing two feet away from Takashi Miike! It was very funny because he was being very touristy and taking lots of photos.

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Waiting in line for “Michael Kohlhaas.”

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Can’t get enough photos of this!

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The Grand Théâtre Lumière.

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Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 23rd

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Breakfast from a real french bakery. I think I’m overdosing on pastries!

I had a rather wonderful day today.

This morning, I received an e-mail 99.9% confirming an upcoming paid freelance illustration job!!

I more or less finished my new short script entitled This Extraneous Evil and continued work on the next new short Those Endless Nights. (You can read a bit more about both these scripts under the “Works” section on my homepage: gegallas.wix.com/writer).

Jesús invited me to the gala screening for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, which was extremely generous of him. I knew the film wouldn’t exactly be my cup of tea, but I’m glad I saw it at Cannes and got to be in the same audience as Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. So thank you very much Jesús!!!

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“Nebraska”
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I had the most extraordinary coincidence happen to me on the bus. I was telling a fellow American Pavillion student how much I adore Mads Mikkelsen (ever since Casino Royale, I’ve watched as many of his films as I’ve been able to get my hands on… and, as you can imagine, I’m a Hannibal fan as well) and how much I wanted to see his new film Michael Kohlhaas. A gentleman from London sitting in front of us overheard our conversation and gave me his gala ticket to the film (!!!!!!!!!) because he wouldn’t have time to go. I thanked him profusely, told him about The Poet and the Flea and gave him my postcard. So amazing!

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 22nd

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Those crazy yachts.

Today, I went back to the morning shift after yesterday’s torture. Yay!

I’ve almost finished the first short script I started yesterday and have created detailed notes for the next. Very excited!

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The screening room for Campus MovieFest.

In the afternoon, I attended the Campus MovieFest screening and had a great time. I met a few San Francisco Bay Area Filmmakers who would like me to send them my scripts. Also, it’s very interesting to see what other young filmmakers are creating. Some shorts had amazing production quality but maybe not the best scripts. Others were a bit more rough, but had great characters and stories.

Afterwards, I ended up hanging out with Mary and Jacqueline for the rest of the afternoon trying to brainstorm a great name for our production company! More details to come. :)

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The gorgeous water.

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Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 21st

Today, I had a very rough time. I was forced to sit in the sun for 6 hours doing nothing. For those of you who don’t know, I am incredibly pale and very sensitive to the sun. I went equipped with an umbrella for a parasol and 110 SPF sunscreen. Even so, I felt incredibly nauseous and headachy by the end of those hours. I’m going to try very hard to get back my morning shift so I can be out of the sun and actually useful.

In the meantime, I’ve started writing a few new short scripts. I can’t say much about them yet, but I hope to accumulate a backlog of shorts so I can offer a variety to all the directors and producers I may meet tomorrow at the Campus MovieFest Screening, etc.

The best thing about today was running into Jesús. We got to chat much more and discuss each other’s projects in much greater detail. He gave me some interesting advice and ideas. And I was happy to discuss my screenplays in further detail with him. :)

Another cool occurrence is that Mary, Jacqueline, and Alicia want to create a production company together with me! Mary as director, Jacqueline as cinematographer, me as screenwriter, and Alicia in charge of documentaries. I hope to brainstorm ideas with them later.

Also, I saw James Franco again today — once arriving at the American Pavilion and once leaving. Plus the other day at the red carpet makes three times in total. So strange!

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Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 20th

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You will only understand this photo if you’ve seen “The IT Crowd.”
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A somewhat uneventful day. I did my laundry, which took a couple hours. I originally planned to drop my laundry off, but it was apparently a holiday so stores were closed. Instead, I used the hotel’s laundry room, which wasn’t perfect but had to do. Oh well!

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All the beautiful doors!

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More charming buildings.

I went into town for a bite to eat — an awesome kebob sandwich – and did a little souvenir shopping at the official Cannes gift shop, which is very silly.

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“Shield of Straw”
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At 6, I went to the ticket raffle and won a ticket to Wara no Tate. I went with Mary and had a lot of fun. We saw a bunch of stars on the red carpet — Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, and James Franco! Unfortunately, Tatsuya Fujiwara wasn’t there in person, but I enjoyed watching him on the screen (I’ve actually met him before in 2008 at The Kennedy Center’s Japan: Culture + Hyperculture Festival).

Can’t wait to attend another screening!!!

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Mary and me at the Grand Théâtre Lumière!!!

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Cannes/London 2013: Sunday, May 19th

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Just above the American Pavilion.

Trying desperately to recover from yesterday. Only 4 hours of sleep, but I managed a nap in the early afternoon.

When I took the bus down to the festival, I had a somewhat strange encounter. A French lady forced me to sit next to her and just rambled at me in French the whole ride. I couldn’t understand a word she was saying so I just kept nodding and smiling. When I got to my stop, she grabbed my arm and almost didn’t let me leave, but I managed somehow. Very strange indeed!

I met up with Jesús Santaeularia later in the afternoon for the Fedora screening. He’s really very sweet, enthusiastic, and smart. I hope to continue to keep in touch with him and collaborate with him in the future. We might meet up again during the festival or, if not, I’ll see him in London at the Blake talk.

Fedora was an interesting (bizarre) movie, a sort of companion piece to the brilliant Sunset Blvd. My favorite part was that Michael York played himself. They even had a video interview with Michael York before the movie started and he had some insightful commentary — but I noticed that his face looked puffy and his voice was strained and wondered if he is sick. Turns out, he’s been suffering from a rare blood disorder called amyloidosis. The poor man, so upsetting!

Afterwards, I ran into Lizzie and tried to help her find some tights to buy. We ran around, but all the stores were closing. So we ended up eating some amazing gelato — chestnut flavor for me. :D

The “Queer Party” at the American Pavilion was tonight, but I was way too tired to go.

Tomorrow seems to be laundry day. Also, I may go see Takashi Miike’s Wara no Tate (Shield of Straw), but I’m not 100% sure. I’m most excited for Wednesday’s Campus MovieFest screening, where I can hopefully meet some fellow young and talented filmmakers. :)

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Billy Wilder directing Marthe Keller and Michael Yorke in “Fedora.”
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Cannes/London 2013: Saturday, May 18th

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These screening rooms are pretty neat!

Today, I went to the screening of Fabienne‘s short film! It was a horror movie called Emma and I and I actually really enjoyed it. Fabienne is clearly a very talented actress and the short had a very high production value. I’m excited to send Fabienne my scripts when I get back to the states.

After that, I walked around the market and talked to various Japanese production companies. They were all very friendly and I was happy to practice my Japanese with them and pick up some cool flyers for new movies.

Unfortunately, Pip didn’t get any tickets to Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son), so I’m here in the pouring rain waiting for the “rush line” (last minute ticket line). I really hope I get in!

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I had the most wonderful time tonight! I was the very first person in the “rush line.” I saw Benicio Del Toro and Baz Luhrmann on the red carpet. The movie was absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking. The audience clapped and clapped forever, which made the actress Machiko Ono  cry — so sweet!

Afterwards, I passed the Artists’ Entrance where I saw the talented lead actor (and pop singer/singer-songwriter) Masaharu Fukuyama. I yelled “Fukuyama-san!” and waved. He turned around and waved back!!! Then I said “oyasumi nasai!” (which means “goodnight”) as he got into a Cannes Festival car and was driven off.

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“Like Father, Like Son”
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Masaharu Fukuyama (福山雅治)
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Tomorrow, I might meet Jesús Santaeularia of Minor Hour Films and go see Billy Wilder’s Fedora remastered with him. I can’t wait!

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Cannes/London 2013: Friday, May 17th

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Mary insisted I not delete this photo of her. :)

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Can’t get enough of these buildings.

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I can see the Palais from here.

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Alicia enjoys a hamburger.

Today was an exhausting day and I need to go to sleep, so just the highlights…

1) I saw a poster for a Benedict Cumberbatch movie I’ve never seen anything for before. It looks like a horror movie involving Benny carrying a big knife, which confuses me greatly.

2) I went to the Cannes Classics screening of an interesting Filipino film called Maynila: sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag aka The Claws of Light (1975). My first Cannes screening and I didn’t even fall asleep (like everyone else I went with!).

Ok, time for bed!

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“Maynila: sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag”
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Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 16th

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The Hotel de Ville.

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Sculpture by Laurence Jenkell.

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War monument in front of the Hotel de Ville.

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Beautiful old buildings.

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Sights along la Croisette.

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My mouth is watering!

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I’m a sucker for Vespas.

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Statue of Lord Brougham.

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So many carousels!

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Interesting trees.

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More beautiful architecture.

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THE RED CARPET!!!

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The SAGindie roundtable in the American Pavilion.

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Inside le Majestic.

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All the daily film festival magazines.

This morning, everything went well. Best of all, I received tickets for the Cannes Classics screening of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

I had a pretty productive day today! After my shift, I went down to the festival with Alicia and walked around taking photos. I stopped by the UK Pavilion and picked up some information. Then, I ate lunch with Sophia and Louisette.

Afterwards, Sophia and I explored the film market. We discovered Campus MovieFest, the perfect place to meet fellow young filmmakers. I plan on attending a screening next Wednesday, a showcase of all the student shorts.

After that, we went to the SAGIndie roundtable talk with American Pavilion mentor Linden Dalecki, who gave some interesting advice about screenplays and even graphic novels.

Later, we went to Le Majestic hotel and watched everyone stroll by in tuxedos and gowns. We even saw Zhang Ziyi!

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 15th

First day of “Pip Squad” went relatively smoothly. We’re just trying to figure out the best way to operate and be efficient. Fellow “Pip Squad” member Sophia is really fun to hang out with. All the students ask the same questions, but they’re not difficult to answer. Pip comes and goes as he pleases.

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A church in La Bocca.

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The main street in La Bocca.

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The InterContinental Carlton Cannes.

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The Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel Cannes.

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Just relaxing.

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The “Cinéma de la Plage” (Cinema on the beach).

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Another rooftop view.

I spent the rest of the day exploring. First, I explored La Croisette (the main street) with the various upscale hotels. I passed all the windows of fancy designer stores — Chanel, Gucci, etc. all displaying clothes à la Gatsby. The Carlton is a particularly striking building, apparently built in 1911.

Then, I explored the film market with all the international production companies. I usually have a photographic sense of direction, but the market is absolutely confusing — I almost couldn’t find my way out!

Later, I visited the American Pavilion, explored, and chatted with my wonderful and talented roommate Mary. She works at the door of the Pavilion, so she’s already made a lot of new contacts. We met the wonderful Fabienne Maurer, an actress/producer, who invited us to her short film screening — very cool!

Afterwards, we went home with Alicia and Jacqueline,  had dinner and relaxed. Alicia and Jacqueline went to the premiere of The Great Gatsby that night and had to stand in the rain. I went to sleep early. :)

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