vincent gallo – the brown bunny

Hero of Buffalo 66, Vincent Gallo, who single-handedly resurrected 70’s prog-rockers Yes has just had his new film The Brown Bunny, which was called “the worst film in the history of Cannes Film Festival” premiere in America on August 27. The reporter who bagged it out, whom Gallo put a hex on to get colon cancer, interviewed him a couple of days ago.

“The Brown Bunny” (opening Friday at Landmark Century) involves several days in the life of a motorcycle racer named Bud Clay, who loses a race and drives his van cross-country while bugs collect on the windshield and he has sad, elusive encounters with lonely women. At the end of his odyssey, he seeks out his great former love Daisy (Chloe Sevigny) and, like Gatsby, discovers that the light is out at the end of Daisy’s pier.

“Did you know the lead-up to Cannes?” Gallo asked. “Did you know why it was shown at Cannes? Did you know what state it was in?”

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“I got involved in the film in a sacrificial way, beyond my normal self-abuse — like not eating, not sleeping, freaking out about unimportant things. Like I had to use these Mitchell lenses, these Bausch & Lomb lenses, but I had to have them converted, and it took a year. I was bringing all my good and bad habits into this project.”

Maggie Cheung Best Actress at Cannes

张曼玉 Maggie Cheung has won best actress award at Cannes for her role in French film Clean, directed by Olivier Assayas whom she worked with in Irma Vep. Cheung was up for two nominations, including 王家卫 Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046, which was the favourite for the Palm d’Or until Michael Moore rolled in. This year was a boom year for Asian films, making up a third of the competition, including the first film from Thailand to make the awards, Tropical Malady by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, which shared the Cannes Jury prize with the Coen brothers The Lady Killers

With the Best Actress prize from the Berlin Film Festival under her belt, Cheung has an excellent reputation in the west, and she recently appeared on the cover of authoritative French film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’.

“Clean” was filmed by French director Olivier Assayas, who is better known in China as Cheung’s ex-husband. The two got married after making their first film together, and in “Clean”, Cheung plays the wife of a rock singer who is suspected of killing him after he dies of a drug overdose. After 6 months in prison, Cheung is released, and decides to start a new life. Cheung is the only Chinese actress in this film, and is sure to impress aspiring Chinese actors with her command of English and French.

2046 nominated for Cannes Film Fest

王家卫 Wong Kar Wai, director of some of my favourite films including Fallen Angels has had his mysterious science-fiction romance 2046 nominated for Cannes Film Festival “Competition” category; the only film from China to do so. 张艺谋 Zhang Yimou’s martial arts epic 十面埋伏 Shi Mian Mai Fu has been nominated for the “Out of Competition” films.

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle Wong’s regular collaborator again provides his unique visual aesthetic, in a film that has been descrbed as a sequel to In the Mood for Love, and regulars 张曼玉 Maggie Cheung, 梁朝伟 Leung Chiuwai, 章子怡 Zhang Ziyi and 王菲 Faye Wong make up the cast. The film is still in post-production in Australia, not that we’ll see it here in the near future.