THE VOLLEY BOYS MEET BRAD AND ANGELINA IN CANNES

As chance would have it the visit to the South of France coincided with the 64th Cannes Film festival. Not to be one to miss out on a chance to see the rich and famous the boys make their way to the Nice railway station and take the 25km journey to Cannes.

Initially we met Brad and Angelina as they make their way in to the premiere of his latest film, Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

Of course I congratulated him on the fact that given it was such a strong year he should be delighted that the movie took the top prize.

I apologised that we couldn’t attend the screening with them as we had to get down to the harbour to visit the beaches and stare in awe at the massive mega yachts moored just offshore. Clearly he was dissapointed but polite as ever he said “I understand boys.”

Down by the beach, which by the way has real sand and not pebbles like Nice, Cannes has this fantastic setting for outdoor movies.

Each evening, from May 15 to May 24, the Cinéma de la Plage screens a selection of films. This year, the Cinéma de la Plage is paying tribute to Warner Bros, 85th anniversary.

Before the screening of each of the 10 classic films, a concert will be held in  celebration of the centenary of film scores.

If you’re in Cannes this time next year check out the program to see what’s on. Remember free access is from 8.30 pm.

The movie showing the night we were there was “A night to remember”

It was a film by Roy Ward Baker (United Kingdom, 1958). The Synopsis is as follows:

In 1912, the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic sails from Southampton with 2207 passengers on board. They excitedly dine and dance and the sea is incredibly calm. Then a look-out spots an iceberg looming up directly ahead.

The boat steers away, but the submerged part of the berg rips a 300-foot gash under the waterline. The crew realizes the vessel will sink in less than three hours. As those on board realize their fate, calm gives way to panic. There is a rush to the lifeboats, but there are not enough for all the passengers.

I’m not sure how it ends so I’ll have to check with Leonardo when I next see him.

What I do know is that it’s a great movie of dedication and sacrifice of two great lovers. And it taught me to believe that near, far, wherever you are the heart does go on.

This version stared the great actors Kenneth More as Second Officer Lightoller, Ronald Allen as Mr Clarke and Honor Blackman  as Mrs Liz Lucas.

The Ukrainian film director Maryna Vroda received a Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) for the best short film at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. The 15 minute motion picture Kross (cross-country race.) is a joint project by Ukraine and France.

The short film Kross is based on the author’s memories of the physical education lessons. The production of the movie that was shot within one week last September cost about EUR 3,500 and involved only non-professional actors. The Ukrainian film was chosen by the jury out of 1500 applications.

The boys were lucky enough to be invited to look over the barrier into the Ukrainian Marquee, how close to a brush with fame is that, well I ask you? 

Well, yes you’re correct, the boys made it right onto the red carpet at Cannes.

Even better than that, they got in amongst the paparazzi at the main entrance to the Palais des Festivals in time for the photo opportunity given by Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson after the showing of the movie Beaver.

Also they spotted Frank the Pug from ‘Men in Black’ and witnessed him drop an alien on the foothpath which they narrowly missed stepping in. Those stars will do anything to get attention, but what a dog of an act.

There is no doubt Cannes is an essential hangout for the world’s film-makers, film goers, buyers, critics, volley girls and wondering  sandshoes.

And talking about sand, Cannes has small sandy beaches and plenty of cafés that serve excellent food. The buildings are little featureless compared to the splendid old creations of Nice. Maybe Cannes just has tourism on its mind.

Cannes does have a wonderful daily market, maybe not as romantic or extensive as Nice, but interesting none the less.

It has become our habit to visit the local markets each day to get fresh fruit; it’s a great way to keep healthy and maintain your energy.

Back in Nice and down at the beachside Promenade des Anglais. It’s about 9 pm and I’m having a well earned rest.

Jodie and Mel Photo credit: Getty Images

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