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CANNES DIARY

Italian marvel and Hollywood muscles

Rafi Hossain and Zia Nazmul Islam, write from Cannes
Alice Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci and Sam Louwyck at the press conference for “The Wonders”.
Alice Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci and Sam Louwyck at the press conference for “The Wonders”.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci was the attraction of the fifth day at Cannes Film Festival. Although she didn't play the lead role in the movie “Le Meraviglie” she was the centre of attention at Alice Rohrwacher's early press conference. “Le Meraviglie” means “The Wonders”, and is a strong contender for the Golden Palm. Some say it may do wonders at the festival. We will have to wait and see.
Before reaching the venue, at the railway station we met two Slovenian indie filmmakers. They had driven to Cannes directly from Ljubljana, and they explained the workings of the film industry in the small country of Slovenia.
There are so much happening at Cannes that it becomes hard to keep track of the comings and goings and the film being screened. Just as we were talking to another Bangladeshi, Samia Zaman, we found Gérard Depardieu standing right by us, but before we could catch a shot with the camera, he rushed into a theatre. He was going to Cinema De La Plage with the FIFA President for the movie, “United Passions, or the birth of modern football”.
Later, we strolled around Marche du Film. We talked to the Japanese production house behind the movie “Shutter”.  The Japanese production house gifted a DVD of their new action anime, “Beyonete”.
Come evening, the Hollywood crowd pullers showed up. With the whole area cheering, the cast of “The Expendables” appeared in full force.
Till next time, au revoir Cannes.


Editor of Star Showbiz Rafi Hossain, and sub-editor Zia Nazmul Islam are in the French Riviera City of Cannes for the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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