Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 14th


Beautiful day!


The famous rocky beaches.


The harbor.


Almost at la Croisette.


Along la Croisette.

Last day of orientation.

Today, we were finally given our job assignments and I was surprised to discover I’m on the supposedly prestigious “Pip Squad.” Pip seems to be the backbone of the American Pavilion in a strange way. Our job is to help Pip procure and distribute to the American Pavilion students and staff tickets to the films in competition with black tie/gala screenings (i.e. The Great Gatsby, Blue Is the Warmest Color, etc.). Students/staff are given tickets through a raffle system, so we help run the raffles and keep track of who’s won tickets.


The Palais.


Entrance to the Debussy Theater.


The Marché du Film (Film Market).


Another view of the Palais.


Inside the Palais.


A café inside the Palais.


View from the Marché’s roof.


Another view from inside.

We were given a tour of the Palais, which was interesting and helpful, but really drove me into the ground (I think everyone’s feet are dying). We ran through the marché (market) where all the production/distribution companies have booths/displays and I took note of where Shochiku, TBS, and other big Japanese companies are stationed so I could check them out later.

I’ll be working the morning (6 a.m.) shift, keeping the ticket raffle book organized and answering questions. Although I’m not usually a morning person, the shift is only 4 hours (rather than 6) so I’ll have plenty of time to run around the festival, see films, and network.

Afterwards, our new roommate Alicia made us a wonderful spaghetti dinner. So lovely!

Time for bed. Until tomorrow!

P.S. My french is incredibly paltry, I readily admit. But I feel I’m doing  rather well considering. I use simple phrases like bonjour, s’il vous plaît, and merci and the locals I’ve encountered thus far have been pretty kind and forgiving — which was unexpected but amazingly refreshing!


Wonderful cacti in the Palais.


Can I take all these cacti home with me?


All the pavilions are getting ready for the festival to begin.


The American Pavilion.


Very international!


View from the pavilions.


A street off la Croisette.


The bus stop.


Dinner with the roommates.


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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

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