quote by Christina Aguilera

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?

— Christina Aguilera

Unconventional Cannes quotations

For many years I enjoyed the pleasure of cruising on my yacht all summer long and these were my best holidays. In mid-May, we'd start in St Tropez. I'd collect my bikinis from my home there and then we'd go up to Cannes for the Film Festival, on to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix and then to Italy.

Sooner or later, all games become serious.

When I have to go to Cannes, that is boring to me.

There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal.

It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture.


Cannes is a very strange place. I tried to show up as best I could and to try not to be cynical.

There's this Ryan Gosling quote that I steal all the time - I watched an interview with him in Cannes - and he said picking roles is like listening to songs on the radio: There can be a lot of really great songs in a row, but then one comes on that just makes you want to dance.

I always go to the Cannes Film Festival and it's just such a glamorous time.

The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources.

As a director, or just a film fan who wants to enjoy the festival, Cannes is the worst place to be. But it must be a paradise for distributors and importers.


In terms of finding that first international recognition of my work, coming back to Cannes is such a milestone in my life because it began actually with 'Devdas'.

After Cannes every year, I end up going to some foreign country I've never been to before and introducing myself to a new religion - I'll go to Bali and research Hinduism, or I'll go to Thailand and get another tattoo from Thai tattoo artist Ajarn Noo Kanpai.

I was asked to go to Cannes to present Amores Perros.

And little did I know that this film would be huge. I saw it for the first time in Cannes, and it was the first time I'd seen myself on such a big screen. And it had a huge impact on me - it was the strangest feeling.

We are the creatives with teeth. We know ideas are more important than our personal wellbeing.

This is what we have all come to Cannes for: for something different, experimental, a tilting at windmills, a great big pole-vault over the barrier of normality by someone who feels that the possibilities of cinema have not been exhausted by conventional realist drama.


I don't believe in competition for artistic things.

I just like the atmosphere of the Cannes festival. I don't want to win anything or lose anything.

Going to see Godzilla at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica.

When I jumped off a roof in Cannes in a bee costume, I looked ridiculous.

But this is my business; I have to humiliate myself.

You hear people saying, 'Oh I'm so tired, I've had enough of Cannes.

' How can you have enough of Cannes? It's just the best place to be, like a fairytale.

I've wanted to make a film about French youth since I went to Cannes with my first film 'Kids' in 1995 ... Scribe's screenplay is about French kids today, and the world today. Just like my films 'Kids' and 'Ken Park', this will be a movie like you have never seen before.


Ever since the movie premiered at Cannes, I've had a sudden surge of scripts and interest.

After Cannes, my agent told me to get the next flight to LA.

He was right. I had a part in 'Prime Suspect 3' by the end of the week.

Arguably, the Venice Film Festival is the second best film festival in the world, after Cannes.

I was really nervous about people booing, because my mother had gone for a film 20 years earlier and had a terrible time with people booing, whistling, so I knew that in Cannes people can get aggressive.

Sundance felt like a natural fit. I love coming here, and I do think that this festival suits my films rather than most of the festivals I've been to. I'm not going to Cannes, you know.


The first time that I came to Cannes, I think it was in 1953, I was 18 and unknown.

Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.

Italy to me is like the mean mother. Whatever I do, it's never good enough. People say I'm the queen of Cannes, but in Italy I get turned down for work.

I've been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep saying I don't know how good we're going to be received in America because that's where it's most challenging.

I remember in 1968 when we were in Cannes, in the festival, and we were supposed to be there 10 days, and the second day the festival collapsed because the French, you know, film-makers raised the red flag in the festival and ended the festival.


I laughed at the whole Cannes Film Festival thing because it didn't feel real.

I remember getting off the red-eye when I arrived in France. I had a cowboy had on and some zit medicine, and there were like 15 photographers who jumped over the luggage carousel to take pictures of me.

When you go to Cannes, people are there to fight, to scream - like football, the World Cup. Once I was working on a movie, and then when I went to Cannes, I went there to whistle at all the other movies in competition. You go to help your friends and fight with your friends' enemies.

In Cannes, I try to find somebody's apartment that I can cook at.

I always go shopping in the marche and try to make a meal and set up a whole space outside the business. I'll try to go to at least two or three movies that I know there's no way in hell I'll be involved with from a business perspective. You have to indulge your cinephilic needs.

I didn't understand Southland Tales script at all! Is there a single word to describe it? Cacophony? It's celebrity meets pornography meets politics - it's unlike anything I've ever seen in my life. And slapstick humor, communism; I mean, what doesn't it have? It's crazy. I didn't go to Cannes, but I guess the first cut was three and a half hours or something?

When you make a film and it wins some award at a very select, very difficult festival such as Cannes, it's good for your fellow film directors and fellow citizens too. Because it shows them that this way is a real possibility.

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