Cannes 2019 According to Producer Phil Hunt

Phil Hunt — Publicity — P 2019

The managing director of Head Gear Films, who has helped finance more than 100 features, including the recent Brit sleeper hit 'Fisherman’s Friends' and Sally Potter’s upcoming 'Molly,' shares his take on the fest.

Your "only in Cannes" moment?

My first Cannes, in 1994, I didn’t know anyone. A reporter, Toby Rose, tapped me on the shoulder and said he wanted to do a story on me as a "Cannes virgin." He took me everywhere — the Pulp Fiction party, a dinner with Clint Eastwood. I shook Clint’s hand! I thought I’d arrived.

Cannes nightmare story?

My second Cannes. I came with a vague idea for a film and I realized I was in a sea of people doing business and had no idea what I was doing and had zero connections.

Favorite restaurant?

I’m vegetarian, so I fucking hate eating in Cannes. I spend the whole time eating pizza and pasta, and I’m sick to death of it.

Strangest celebrity encounter?

Playing a duet on the bongos with a drunken Dolph Lundgren at a beach party at 4 a.m. Back when the parties still went till 4 a.m.

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's May 15 daily issue at the Cannes Film Festival.