The press rooms in the Palais des Festivals are chaotic. Hundreds of international press have access to the two not very large press rooms, all trying to make deadlines while juggling hectic schedules. There is a severe lack of seating, as well as busy toilets and the lack of anything decent to eat. So one has to be strategic and organised and bring in some sort of food because leaving the Palais building subjects you to the crowds outside, lack of anything quick and cheap nearby, and the arduous security checks upon re-entering the Palais.
Willem Dafoe was absolutely charming at a one hour session the American Pavilion hosted on Monday morning. Dafoe stars in two films at the festival – ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Tommaso’ – and he is perhaps the busiest actor around today. Dafoe tends to play real-life characters – Jesus, Van Gogh, T.S.Eliot and Pasolini – and Dafoe said ‘we can learn a lot from them.’ He said that he likes to be involved in all aspects of a film – and that ‘I like building my life around this activity.’
Next was film ‘Nina Wu,’ a Taiwanese film in competition for Un Certain Regard. It’s a film about a struggling actress who gets a role in a film but who has to compromise herself. Beautifully shot with a clear cut message in this #metoo era. Quentin Tarantino was also in the audience for this film within a film movie.