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Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg Talks ‘Jageten'; Pete Doherty Delights Fans

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Cannes: Thomas Vinterberg Talks ‘Jageten'; Pete Doherty Delights Fans
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Rain flooded the French Riviera on the fifth day of the Cannes Film Festival, but the wind and the water could not keep the crowds away.

My day was spent running up and down the Croisette from hotel to hotel to attend press junkets with the cast and crew of "Lawless" (Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, writer Nick Cave and director John Hillcoat) and an interview with lead actor of Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," Caleb Landry Jones.

While waiting in Hotel Martinez lobby, where Eve Mendez and Jessica Chastain have been regularly spotted, I overheard a British gentleman sitting down to plan his red carpet evening with some public relations representatives. As she explained to him how the limo, red carpet, and after party would work, I came to this conclusion: Unless you have a movie here, only come to Cannes when you are young and attractive or old and wealthy.

This man was paying thousands of euros for one night of walking the red carpet and partying with a few celebrities, while I managed to have my second night on the red steps by holding up a sign asking for a free invitation.

I managed to score a ticket to the official screening of the in-competition "Jageten" by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. The story is a cautionary tale reminiscent of "The Crucible," where a lie spreads and creates mass hysteria. In this case, the falsehood is that Lucas, played by Mads Mikkelsen, has sexually abused the child of his best friend at the kindergarten, where he works. Soon, all the children are convinced that he has hurt them too.
After being found innocent and the eventual rekindling of his friendship with the town's men, he still deals with the stigma.

At the press conference, Vinterberg discussed the ideas behind the movie.

"We carried out an enormous amount of research before shooting the film," he said. "We were inspired by a number of cases of sexual abuse that appeared in the press. In Denmark, we have a saying that only children and drunks always speak the truth. This is false. Many doors are opened in this film. We leave the choice to the viewer."

Other big events at the festival yesterday included the premiere of French director Sylvie Verheyde's "Confession of a Child of the Century," starring Pete Doherty of the Libertines and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Doherty, known for his bad boy antics, showed up to an interview with the TV show "Le Grand Journal" with a bottle of whiskey, much to the delight of fans lining up to see him.

The movie, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Alfred de Musset, tells the story of a 19th century man who falls into despair and debauchery before falling passionately in love with an older woman.

Some have claimed that the character is Doherty, only a few centuries earlier, but Verheyde made it clear that the character was not based on him.

Despite the nasty weather, the stars continue to arrive, so keep up with all the (currently soggy) fun at the Cannes Film Festival by checking out my daily reports on BackStage.com, and follow @BackStageCast on Twitter for live updates.

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