CANNES — Just a week after he slammed the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Mike Leigh led his fellow jurors at the 50th Cannes Film Fest in preaching a message of camaraderie.
Leigh, whose “Secrets & Lies” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, told a press conference Wednesday that directors whose films are in competition aren’t “trying to trip each other” as they walk down the Croisette.
Unlike the Oscars, which Leigh referred to as “disgusting,” Cannes provides a “sense of camaraderie since you all get to share in a celebration of film.”
Leigh said that although his latest film was finished in time for Cannes, he said that it “was felt that ‘Career Girls’ would benefit from being shown elsewhere and I agreed.” As a juror, Leigh said he would have felt uncomfortable if “Girls” had been in competition.
Helmer Tim Burton disagreed with one reporter’s observation that the female jurors — Isabelle Adjani, Gong Li and Mira Sorvino — are actresses while the male judges are either writers or directors. “I was in ‘Singles’ for about three minutes, so I’m an actor,” said Burton, who seemed confused about whether “Ed Wood” had been in competition at Cannes. (It wasn’t.)
“I wish we had a woman director,” added Adjani, jury prexy.
“There’s no reason why there aren’t more women directors and in the future there will be.”