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Cannes film festival: Mathieu Amalric

18 May 2010 6:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Best known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, actor Mathieu Amalric is also a writer, director and unabashed ladies' man. He tells Catherine Shoard how it all came together in his new film

The opening night of this year's Cannes was full of pomp. Russell Crowe plodded up the red carpet, all trouble and sulk, with an icy Cate Blanchett and band of unmerry men in his wake. Robin Hood may be an action movie, not even in the running for the Palme d'Or, but don't you dare fail to take it seriously.

A day later, and the premiere of the first film in actual competition was a riot. Five burlesque dancers tottered towards the Palais for the gala screening of Tournée (On Tour), in 8in heels, cleavages struggling for traction in their micro-frocks. They danced; they blew kisses at a whooping crowd. One – was it Dirty Martini? Kitten on the Keys? »

- Catherine Shoard

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