Cannes Issue Contributors

Jennifer Laski

THR's Cannes crew looks forward to covering this year's festival.

Photographer Ruven Afanador, who has shot Matt Lauer and Barbara Walters for THR, was greeted by a hug from cover subject Marion Cotillard, who brought her 1-year-old son, Marcel, to the shoot. "She adapts to the moment, knows innately what to do -- her concentration is magical," he says. A veteran portraitist -- he has shot Diane Keaton, George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, among others, for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair -- Afanador enjoys shooting for THR. "Under a tight deadline, there is a certain stamina that is helpful in the moment," he says. "The result is inspiring."

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THR'S CANNES TEAM

For the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, THR has 18 staffers on the ground covering 12 days of screenings, premieres and events for THR's Cannes Daily, weekly magazine, website, iPad app and daily PDFs. A survey of the Cannes staff's expectations, good and bad, reveals some festival high- and lowlights.

International news editor Kevin Cassidy values the "tremendous team camaraderie," though he dreads the "strange hotel-shower situation -- I've never understood what the French have against shower curtains." Film editor Gregg Kilday feels "there's nothing better than elaborate fireworks over the bay" but confesses he's leery of bad-weather days because "when it rains during a red-carpet premiere, you're stuck sitting through a movie in a damp tuxedo." Senior film writer Pamela McClintock expects to offset "being harassed by the French guards who man the door at parties" with "the bouillabaisse at Tetou, a restaurant just outside of Cannes," where she might be joined by associate art director Emily Johnson, group production director Kelly Jones and reviewers David Rooney, Deborah Young and Todd McCarthy, who has been covering the fest since 1970.

Festival first-timers -- international business editor Georg Szalai, senior writers Merle Ginsberg and Leslie Bruce, associate art director Kathy Bryja and web and app staff editor Rebecca Ford -- are bracing for the inevitable lack of sleep (and for fashion expert Ginsberg, packing her formidable wardrobe), while from the continent, U.K. bureau chief Stuart Kemp anticipates "evening shindigs on rooftops because the view of the coastline, the mountains, the bay and the twinkling boats always makes up for a room full of snarling, egotistical executives." Germany bureau chief Scott Roxborough is counting on "stocking up on falafel from local Lebanese restaurant Al Charq for a late-night picnic at the Cannes Classics open-air screenings on the beach," while France correspondent Rebecca Leffler is looking forward to her "bed. Although I'm not 100 percent sure I'll see it until after closing ceremonies."

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STEPHEN GALLOWAY

THR's features executive editor traveled to New York to meet Marion Cotillard and Mike Nichols on the same weekend Galloway also wrote about the making of On the Road). "In real life, the Lady Dior representative couldn't be less glammed up," he says of the French actress. "She arrived to the interview in a T-shirt and no makeup. There's a French term, bobo, or 'bourgeois bohemian.' She's definitely on the bohemian side of things." As for director-producer Nichols, he says: "What surprised me was how much turbulence there has been behind the polished front -- this is a man who went through hell as a child, endured addictions in his middle years, was redeemed in his 50s, and he credits it all to Diane Sawyer, his wife of 24 years. Nichols gives hope for the possibility of not only a second, but also a third act in American life." Galloway, a Cambridge graduate, joined THR in 1993, expecting it to be a one-year gig. "Almost 20 years later, it has come to define my life," he says wryly. In addition to writing,  he is devoted to THR's mentorship program, which pairs inner-city girls with top industry women. "It's completely shifted my view of Hollywood," reflects Galloway. "There's a vast pool of people in this often cynical city who really want to do good."

 

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