I’ve learned more about the special screening addition to the Cannes Film Festival that I wrote about a few days ago. Just today, the team behind Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible decided to pull out. The reason as I understand it is they were keen not to be lumped in with the program of footage and promo reels and preferred to do a stand-alone presentation further down the line. I’ve also heard the seven minutes of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained that The Weinstein Co screened for select invitees a few evenings ago will not be involved. However, footage from Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters was confirmed to me, along with scenes from Nicolas Winding Refn’s reteam with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives.
There was no official widespread announcement from the festival regarding this special séance, and no official list of the films that will be included in the clip reel. However, there are signs dotting the Palais now saying the first-come, first-served screening is tonight at 10:30 PM in the Salle du Soixantième. I understand Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux put this together to allow accredited festgoers a chance to see footage many buyers may have already seen in the market. And I hear there will be scenes from a surprise film at the end of the reel.