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Many dimensional magic

It’s Matheran or Simla the way they were on the skin and the sky is a startling blue. In other words, it’s Cannes doing its best to live up to the tourism brochures. Gerson Da Cunha gets toony tales at the Festival de Cannes on day two.

entertainment Updated: May 14, 2009 16:04 IST
Gerson Da Cunha
Gerson Da Cunha
Hindustan Times

It’s Matheran or Simla the way they were on the skin and the sky is a startling blue. In other words, it’s Cannes doing its best to live up to the tourism brochures. The 62nd Festival de Cannes is doing much the same: it’s not just a breathtaking line-up of the best auteurs, there seems to be something for everybody, from the fastidious critic to those seeking open-mouth and teary eye.

This is written after the press preview of Cannes’ opening film.

Curtains up
The pomp and ceremony of the Red Carpet is to come this evening. But, for the press, and thus for the word, the curtain of Cannes went up this morning on something truly unique and new, something that bodes not just a new artistic genre but a money-spinning one as well: a 3D animation feature. And you don’t have to put the old blue and red cardboard spectacles to duck as a monster heaves the boulder at you. You wear quite an elegant pair of glares which do an optical translation
for you.

The curtain really went UP (that’s the name of the film). From Disney-Pixar comes a comedy adventure about a bad-tempered 78-year-old balloon salesman, Carl Fredericksen, who finally fulfils his lifer-long dream of a great adventure; he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. He discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: a neighbour and overly optimistic eight-year-old, Wilderness Explorer.

Endearing tale
It’s extraordinary how quickly one takes into one’s optical stride the extraordinary technology and sinks into an endearing tale, which is a fairly predictable one: the unlikely pair go from hostility to a warm relationship.

The director is Pete Docter who graduates from Monsters, Inc as well as collaboration in the Shreks and Finding Nimo. From this wonderful achievement we shall be hearing a lot more from what Docter orders.

The film is sure to do Mumbai. So this really a warning piece to get the kids primed and get ready to enjoy it yourself.

First Published: May 14, 2009 16:01 IST