PARIS, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - During the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, LOUIS XIII® hosted an intimate gathering
at the beautiful Majestic Beach. For the first time, American director
Alexander Payne and Asian director Stanley Kwan had the opportunity to
discuss film and their creative vision in an event titled EAST MEETS
WEST in front of more than 80 journalists and cinephiles.
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LOUIS XIII® Cognac, the world's most esteemed spirit from the House of
Rémy Martin®, an official supplier of the Cannes Film Festival, forged
an exciting partnership in 2011 with The Film Foundation, the leading
non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation founded by
Coming from different horizons, the two world-renowned filmmakers shared
their thoughts on cinema, discussed their professional individual
journeys and answered questions.
Stanley Kwan discussed a scene from Ozu's movie TOKYO STORY and
explained "I remember the first time I saw TOKYO STORY: basically, in this movie 'less is more'. I was a kid and I really experienced a movie's power."
Alexander Payne commented, "Ozu never made a bad film. He worked in many different genres; in the
silent period he made comedies and thrillers. Essentially he's a comedy
director, even in his sentimental work in the 1950s. He has a profound
bittersweet sense of human comedy. He's an important director not just
for Stanley and myself but for many cineastes. Even when shooting THE DESCENDANTS, I was thinking of Ozu, with shots of
the landscape - the moments of rest - between the dramatic scenes."
Payne then showed a clip from Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE
WEST, a film that was restored by The Film Foundation. "Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST speaks to the thrill of
cinema. For Leone, the story is an excuse to enter the realm of cinema,
to splash around. I chose the opening credit sequence - which is so playful, beautiful and thrilling - because it talks of the thirst for cinema."
The two filmmakers ended their discussion by speaking about the nature
of film making. "The flash of the little idea that can be a movie....that this idea
could be a film, that leads you through the years of actually making
the film, of seeking the financing...and then talking about it
afterwards to audiences - if you're lucky to get distribution. If the
audience senses a good concept in the film, then they know that they
are in good hands with the director," said Payne to Kwan.
Kwan responded by saying "A woman . . . seated next to me in a café, some words from her, can
inspire me; that can be a character in my next film."
To highlight the quality in LOUIS XIII® that inspires creativity,
Stanley Kwan brought his own "touch" to the East Meets West
conversation by revealing a teaser of his new directorial webisode
featuring Zhuang Yong, the Chinese freestyle gold-medal winner at the
Barcelona Olympic Games.
Following the East Meets West conversation, Augustin Depardon, Global
Brand director, invited guests to share a LOUIS XIII® Experience. "LOUIS XIII® is an assemblage of 1,200 different eaux-de-vies", introduced Depardon. "The youngest is 40 years old, the oldest is over 100 years old, so I
would like to raise a glass and toast to the art of preservation, to
the art of creation, and to our two fantastic filmmakers!"
Through the success of its first East Meets West conversation at the
2012 Cannes Film Festival, LOUIS XIII® has officially staked a claim in
the art of cinema, preservation and creation. Here's to many more LOUIS
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