King of Cannes: Madness, Mayhem, and the Movies

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Stephen Walker is a neurotic British filmmaker with a mixed track record and a great idea: to give audiences a peek inside the world of filmmaking by documenting the madcap adventures of four fledgling directors at the annual Cannes Film Festival. Walker's cast of Cannes hopefuls includes an unknown American with a full entourage, a Rastafarian who hijacks a phone booth to use as his office, a first-time French director with a film in the official competition, and a London cabbie who drives to Cannes in a van emblazoned with a giant marijuana leaf, hoping to raise money for his film called Amsterdam. Walker himself plays a starring role in this wild romp, always near a breakdown as he tries to film these four in their determined, and sometimes lunatic, quests to be discovered.

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Stephen Walker is a neurotic British filmmaker with a mixed track record. His last documentary was a flop. Everyone hated it. But then he was inspired. He'd make a documentary that would offer a peek inside the world of filmmaking. He'd direct a movie about four ambitious, unknown filmmakers in their quest for fame and glory at the festival of film festivals--Cannes.

King of Cannes is Walker's hilarious uncensored diary of making that documentary--from finding the fledgling directors who will agree to be filmed to following their madcap adventures at the Cannes Film Festival.

Walker's cast of Cannes hopefuls includes an American director who comes to the festival with all the fanfare of a Hollywood prodigy; a young Rastafarian filmmaker from London who hijacks a telephone booth and turns it into an office; a first-time French director who actually has a film in the official competition; and finally, a taxi driver from East London who, along with a couple of buddies, drives to Cannes in a van emblazoned with a giant marijuana leaf, with the hopes of raising money for a film title Amsterdam. And then there's Walker himself, practically on the verge of a nervous breakdown trying to film them in their lunatic determination to make their mark.

King of Cannes is a wild romp through the film business--the celebrities, the glamour, and the driven young directors who want a piece of it all.

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Searching for Fame and Glory at the Cannes Film Festival

For as long as I can remember I had always wanted to go to the Cannes Film Festival...I wanted to go to the parties. I wanted to watch the movies. I wanted to see the stars. I wanted to climb the red-carpeted steps, all twenty-two of them, arm in arm with a gorgeous actress...This remained an unlikely ambition since (a) I wasn't a movie star, (b) I wasn't a famous director and (c) I wasn't a hotshot producer. On the other hand, if I couldn't take a film there, I could make a film there. All I had to do was persuade some gullible soul to stump up the necessary cash--preferably lots of it--and I was away. Simple as that. --from King of Cannes

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