Will Che Take It?

[Final Nice Airport post before 7:15 pm Easy Jet flight to Paris.] I heard some scuttlebutt this afternoon about which films and filmmakers might win some Cannes Film Festival awards on Sunday evening, the principal buzz being that Steven Soderbergh‘s Che may — I say “may” — be in a favoring position to win the Palme d’Or.
The talk is that jury honcho Sean Penn is presumed to be advocating the Soderbergh, in large part because of his lefty political views. The Che downside, I’ve been told, is that Spanish-speaking cineastes up and down the Croisette are said to be down on it because of the “accent salad” rap — i.e., complaints that very few in the cast of Soderbergh’s film speak with a convincing Cuban accent. (Referring, I presume, to The Argentine.) No telling how jury member Alfonso Cuaron feels about this.
The other pro-Che factor, according to Envelope columnist Pete Hammond, is that Harvey Weinstein is vocally pushing for it with jury members.

  • Mike Walsh

    I hope it does…..what a coup if it did….I had to do it.

  • kidkosmic

    It would be ideal if the Palme could be awarded to the best film in lieu of the most popular political sentiment.

  • Josh

    It’s always good to award best film awards because of a directors political views and not about the movies themselves.

  • MovieBob

    This’d be kind of hysterical given Penn’s statement last week about how the winners will HAVE to be films that “reflect the current world situation” or somesuch… since there’s NOTHING more relevant than a paean to a onetime icon who hasn’t been relevant since the late-60s.

  • JHRussell

    Cannes sure picked the right film last year (4 MONTHS…) but I am not getting Jeff’s CHE vibe from anything I am reading about this year’s festival – Cannes sounds like it was a real snoozer this year…

  • http://martiansattackingindianapolis.blogspot.com/ Josh Massey

    “It would be ideal if the Palme could be awarded to the best film in lieu of the most popular political sentiment.”
    Or the Oscar. Did anybody really think An Inconvenient Truth was the best documentary of 2006?

  • bfm

    Regardless of the merits of Che, I’m not sure I agree with giving the Palme d’Or to an unfinished film.

  • MilkMan

    Got to agree with Movie Bob. Che is a lava lamp.
    And I also agree with Josh Massey. Al Gore got a consolation prize from the Limo Liberals.

  • filmfan

    It sounds like Harvey Weinstein wants to buy Che. But maybe he wants it to win the Palm before he spends the money. I think it should go to HBO and air as a two part mini series. That way we could see the whole thing in a timely fashion.

  • fielding

    Mass murderers are always relevant to Lefties.

  • http://www.antidisartsandent.blogspot.com K. Bowen

    Hey, why doesn’t Middle America watch the Oscars anymore?

  • Mjs

    “Mass murderers are always relevant to Lefties.”
    As in, we hate the fact that the righties elect them to office.

  • http://cinemascopian.com/pics/05-04-08_1130.jpg cinemascopian

    Yes Jeff, that’s what my take is too: the Palme D’or going to either Soderbergh or Eastwood and the Grand Jury Prize to “Waltz With Bashir”. More Cannes reporting here:

  • http://martiansattackingindianapolis.blogspot.com/ Josh Massey

    When was the last time the Palme helped a film’s American box office, by the way? Wild at Heart? Never?

  • Doug

    Harvey’s interest in “Che” isn’t surprising since he bought “Medellin” at last year’s festival.

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