Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Burton's Art at Cannes

Tim Burton is the president of 63rd Cannes Film Festival jury this year. Burton was a member of the Cannes jury in 1997 and on the short film jury in 2006. To celebrate Burton, Cannes has decorated some of the festival theaters with Burton’s art. Here are some photos of Burton's artwork on display in the theater lobby. The concept artwork is from such films as Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, and Sleepy Hollow. Photographs provided by /Film:

Acclaimed Indian filmmaker and fellow Jury member Shekhar Kapur recounts what has happened at Cannes so far, and spoke very highly of Tim Burton.

"Tim Burton is a compassionate and gentle person and so eager to learn about other people and cultures. He is also completely fascinated by India. So I have invited him to come and see if there is something he would like to shoot in India," Kapur, 64, posted on his blog www.shekharkapur.com/blog.

"India is a country that accepts mythology and magic realism as an essential part of it’s culture, as does Tim Burton in his filmmaking. It would be fascinating to see Tim Burton’s visual take on some of our tradition folk tales," said Kapur.

"It’s very exciting to be on the Jury of the Cannes film festival. Especially when the Jury is headed by the man I affectionately (but also seriously) call ‘the Salvador Dali of Cinema’," wrote Kapur.

Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur

He also attended a gala dinner inspired from Burton's works. "For the first dinner with the jury, the chef had designed the dinner as an ‘inspiration’ from Tim Burton’s movies! Everything looked like it was from the Mad Hatter’s dining table (from Alice in Wonderland)," he posted.

"And while it was terrific looking and delicious, I kept waiting for the rice! After all what’s a meal without rice and dal, or roti and dal?"

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