Cannes You Dig It?

Vincent Van Horn doesn't hold back the tears

Hello everyone, goodbye Cannes.

Even the streets look super-French.

We spent almost a week at Cannes, promoting our short film “Clowns Never Lie,” and the festival runs through May 26, but we left last night. Our director, Mario Troncoso, had to fulfill a promise to be at a best friend's wedding in Texas this weekend. The rest of our crew has headed to Paris to take part in the first-ever "Keep Austin Weird" Underground Festival. If you’re gonna be in the neighborhood, it happens Saturday evening at Au P’tit Bonheur la Chance café – we’re showing “Clowns Never Lie” and other short films by Austinites Russell O. Bush, John Merriman and Kerri Lendo, Danny Brough-Stevenson, Craig Elrod, and Byron Brown. After that? We drink ourselves Texican-style-silly.

Teresa in rainy Paris

So what did we learn at Cannes?

A lot and a little all at the same time. There's no way to accurately describe Cannes; you just have to come see it for yourself. And even then, it’s still hard to get a handle on. We spoke with filmmakers who have attended the fest for up to 15 years, and they still have trouble explaining exactly what the hell actually takes place here and how exactly to maneuver around to get the most out of the experience. Between the screenings, the parties, the marketplace, the press conferences, the workshops, and – don’t forget – the sheer disorientation of being in a foreign country… Well, it can be a little overwhelming, but definitely nothing to complain about.

Quick highlights on some of premieres I was able to see:

Lawless. Blood bath of a movie. Enjoyed it much. All the performances were great. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of Shia LaGoof, he plays a good wuss in this movie, which is hard to do well. (It’s when he tries to start acting tough like Tom Hardy I stop believing him as much.) And Nick Cave, love ‘em. An amazing musician and screenwriter just living the dream. Watch The Proposition if you haven't already to see how raw he can get.

Killing Them Softly. Produced and staring Brad Pitt. And that's all you need to know to go check this out. Brad Pitt goes around killing people in style. With some great moments with Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Aussie Ben Mendelsohn. Starts off kinda iffy and ends pretty strong. There's an ongoing commentary on the economic state of the USA in the background throughout the story. One of the coolest ending lines in a movie I've heard a while. 

Amour. The new Michael Haneke movie. Wow. Didn't know what I was walking into, especially after seeing a few of his previous movies. It's a movie about love – love that never goes away. That might sound cheesy, but it was perfectly executed by acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour). The movie is slow and it all takes place inside of an apartment. And I cried like a little girl... I really can't tell you the last time I cried, let alone during a movie. Just go watch it whenever you can –maybe you'll cry too. But even if you don't, it's a beautiful movie, and I'm sure it will go on to win many awards, as it should. Old people really just get to me...

Real men cry.

After wiping away the tears and partying my face off, we luckily never lost sight of Objective #1: Sell our movie. Cross that off the list. Shorts International picked up “Clowns Never Lie” and plans to distribute it and show it on their TV station, which airs around the world. So cheers! to everyone involved, to everyone that doubted us, and especially to everyone that supported us. WOOOOOP WOOOOOP!

So what’s next for us? Well, after showcasing some of Austin's finest to the French (look out for the pictures) and celebrating our last days in Europe...

As a collective, we plan to soon start pre-production on Mario's first feature film Bring Back The Guns, with plans to shoot in El Paso.

Independently, Mario will also carry on working on many of the wonderful projects he's involved in at PBS as well as getting to work on his first feature. 

Teresa May Nichta will continue to go on being the beautiful model and actress she is, with a few projects in the works.

Hugo Vargas-Zesati is currently wrapping up post-production on a few big projects as well on his first short film as director. (And it's lookin real gooood.)

And I have less than two weeks to gear up to be a part of Old Murder House Theater's Jurassic Live: Dino Action Show, which premieres Sunday, June 10 at the Stateside, then goes on tour. Get your tickets now before we set sail all around this grand country of ours! And keep an eye out for the documentary (winky face).

Until next time, 


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