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Variety at Cannes – 05.21

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Variety‘s John Hopewell risks life and limb to teach festival-goers the correct pronunciation of Charlie Kaufman’s latest trippy film, Synecdoche, New York, premiering on Friday.

Todd McCarthy reviews James Gray’s Two Lovers for Variety, saying it’s an “involving, ultimately touching romantic drama” and a “welcome change of pace” for a director known for his crime dramas.

• Pamela McClintock and Anne Thompson remark that for the first time in years, Sony Classics may leave Cannes without a purchase. “There are no gems in the market,” explains Sony’s Michael Barker.

Variety decks out for the Red Cliff party hosted by Avex, and delights in the $3 million budget and the Chinese-Japanese hybrid theme.

Variety editor Tim Gray talks about the downbeat nature of this year’s crop of films and gives a rundown of the festival’s biggest draws.

For more exclusive Cannes news, reviews and interviews check out Variety‘s Festival Central

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