Catherine Shoard 

Cannes 2012: live blog – day 10

It's all about R Patz today, as Cosmopolis takes a bow on the Croisette
  
  

9.22am: Bonjour! It's a lovely morning in London, but let's hot-tail it to the south of France, where the critics are streaming out of Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. And I can see the smiles from here.

9.23am:


Of Pattinson, Xan reckons:

9.26am: Such a positive response to tilts the competition interestingly. Will Nanni Moretti's jury go glam (Cosmopolis), go grim (Amour) or just split the difference and go for downright bananas (Holy Motors)?

9.32am: A few notes of semi-caution.

9.33am:


We'll have Peter's review of the film up asap, as well as his verdict on In the Fog. Also to come today: a roundtable critics' discussion on video, a video interview with Wes Anderson and Ed Norton about Moonrise Kingdom, galleries, Xan's final diary, news, views and much more.

9.36am: Our Andrew Pulver is en route to interview Carlos Reygadas and can't tweet, but he emails this over

Cosmopolis a bit of a disappointment, never really catches fire. Lots of arch dialogue, but not much spirit. Kind of seems a film out of time, may have worked better pre-crash.

9.38am: Henry Barnes cuts to the quick.

9.42am: To cheer up Pattinson fans who might have been upset by that last tweet, here's a photo of him at the seaside.

9.59am: A little update on Cannes content you might have missed overnight

Paperboy director Lee Daniels' lesson in race relations.

Pete Doherty on making a movie while being hooked on heroin.

Jada Pinkett Smith on clown phobia.

A Nicole Kidman-themed red carpet gallery.

10.10am: A little news, courtesy of The Wrap, on the winners of this year's Critics Prize


Antonio Mendez Esparza's "Aqui y alla" has won the Grand Prize in the Critics Week section, which takes place simultaneously with the Cannes Film Festival. Organized by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Critics Week is devoted to the up-and-coming directors' first and second films.

Aqui y alla"Aqui y alla" (left) centers on a man who returns to his village after years of working in the United States; according to the film's website, it is "a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind."

Three of the other six features included in Critics Week also won awards. "Sofia's Last Ambulance," a documentary from Bulgarian director Ilian Metev, won the Visionary Prize. "Les Voisins de Dieu" ("God's Neighbors") and "Los Salvajes" ("The Wild Ones") were honored by Gaul's Society of Authors, Directors and Composers and ACID/CCAS, respectively.

Last year, Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" won the Critics Week prize, and went on to receive acclaim in its U.S. release by Sony Pictures Classics.

Now in its 51st year, Critics Week is the oldest section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival. It screens seven features and seven shorts each year, and has showcased early work from such filmmakers as Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach and Jacques Audiard.

Feature film prizes:
Nespresso Grand Prize: "Aqui y alla," Antonio Mendez Esparza
France 4 Visionary Award: "Sofia's Last Ambulance," Ilian Metev
Gaul's Society of Authors, Directors and Composers Prize: "Les Voisins de Dieu" ("God's Neighbors"), Meni Yaesh
ACID/CCAS Distribution Support: "Los Salvajes" ("The Wild Ones") Alejandro Fadel

Short film prizes:
Canal+ Award: "Circle Line," Shin Suwon
Nikon Discovery Award: "Un Dimanche Matin" ("A Sunday Morning"), Damien Manivel
Special Mention: "O Duplo" ("Doppelganger"), Juliana Rojas

10.27am: A bottle of rosé, a beachside seat and a vicious scrap: our critics debate who will win the Palme d'Or.

(Disclaimer: they hadn't seen Cosmopolis, and Mud doesn't play until tomorrow morning).

10.37am: Here's an early photo from the Cosmopolis photocall.

To be fair to Cronenberg, most people probably aren't flattered by standing next to R-Patz.

11.26am: Tell you what today's film coverage needs: another, Cannes-unrelated Robert Pattinson story.

11.52am: A lovely video interview by Henry Barnes with the director and star of Moonrise Kingdom.

12.08pm: If it's Friday, it must be time for a stark and slow-burning parable about Nazi collaboration. Peter gives four stars to In the Fog.

12.21pm: Here we go: Peter's two star review of Cosmopolis. Must be really bad to get such a score, given a) Juliette Binoche's egg-laying cameo and b) Paul Giamatti's amusing line-reading of 'mutton'.

12.59pm: Charlie Lyne feasts his eyes on Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead.

1.00pm: BREAKING … SIGHTSEERS TRIUMPHS AT PALM DOG

1.04pm: So Alec Baldwin has apparently called Harvey Weinstein a 'fucking douchebag'. Baldwin was, btw, properly funny at a Q&A for Rise of the Guardians footage last week.

1.05pm: @simonh85 is eager for Xan to elaborate on his liking for Cosmopolis. Check back in a couple of hours Simon, for his diary today waxes lyrical on just that.

4.34pm: And now, @simonh85, just an hour and a half after I promise it: Xan on Cosmopolis (and Cannes fatigue).

4.57pm: Here's the day in pictures for those who like that sort of thing. Features more photos of Kylie, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman. PLUS: Bernard-Henri Lévy.

5.05pm: Here's Charlotte Higgins's interview with a 'dangerously unbuttoned' Bernard Henri-Levy, whose documentary The Oath of Tobruk screened in Cannes today.

5.16pm: We're going to pack up our kit bag and head home soon. Still to come tonight, Andrew Pulver's news on the Cosmopolis press conference plus at midnight, the final instalment of the Guardian film video show, in which our team give their verdicts on Cronenberg's latest and In the Fog. Tomorrow morning, Peter Bradshaw will wade through Mud, the new film from Jeff (Take Shelter) Nichols. The Observer will have the second of Jason Solomons's Cannes reports on Sunday, and we'll be back online at 6pm on Sunday will full coverage of the awards ceremony. Till then, a bientôt!