President Trump is the talk of the town at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Reportedly, everyone is discussing the fast-paced news cycle that hums on his every word.
“I’m obsessed with it,” said Stuart Ford, CEO of sales and production company IM Global. “The first thing I do in the morning is check the news. The last thing I do at night is check the news.”
One documentary by Eugene Jarecki called “Promised Land” is about a cross-country trip taken during the time of the 2016 presidential election. There are other films that don’t directly refer to Trump, but they’re still emitting the undertones of his game-changing election, sparking all kinds of discussions. For instance, Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski has made a documentary called, “Pope Francis: A Man of Word.” He advertises his film by alluding to Trump when he says, “At a time when our political leaders seem to be doing little in terms of actual leading, we have to look to others for guidance.”
Todd Haynes, director of a new movie called “Wonderstruck,” admits to being obsessed with news about the president. “It’s almost a weird way of relaxing,” he said. “I don’t know how that’s the case, but I just have to turn it on. I have to know what’s happening and hear it all. These are monumental and dangerous times we’re in.”
Technological advances in media dissemination has caused many people to stay glued to devices that bring them instant updates. Our very own DML calls it “newsification.”
“I see alerts that pop up in my phone,” said Tom Bernard, co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics. “Much better than the old days here before the internet. Then you had to wait until the Herald Tribune hit the newsstand and get the news a day late.”
The past week has certainly provided food for thought, and those who crave constant updates are never disappointed as the bombshells fall fast and furiously in quick succession. However, the six-hour time difference between the French Riviera and Washington, D.C. has made things challenging for news junkies, leading to sleepless nights as people search for the latest scandals.
“It is a bit unsettling to feel like I don’t know what is happening, and that seemingly big and important things are happening,” said Mimi Steinbauer, president and CEO of Radiant Films Intl. She added, “I’m watching Rachel Maddow at some point before I go to bed or in the morning to get caught up.”
During the festival’s many cocktail parties, people are not talking about the films they’re featuring — they’re too busy discussing the latest scoop on Comey, Flynn, and everyone else making headlines because of President Trump.
But there are also some, such as Uri Singer, president of Passage Pictures, who are using the festival to actually get away from the political chatter in the U.S. “Jet lag and the time difference help us stay away, at least for a beat, from the hourly and daily updates, which we are constantly aware of at home,” said Singer.
Anti-Trump agitator Michael Moore is using Cannes to sell “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which is about Trump’s epic win, to international buyers. DML, who has been quietly producing “Fighting for Trump,” said, “I’ll let that idiot release his crappy film, and then we’ll sell ours.”
DML confronted Michael Moore during the inauguration in DC back in January. You can watch it here:
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