CANNES, France -- A trip to Le Marche, the film market at Cannes, is always a tonic experience. The energy created by the unabashed desire to make large sums of money is a refreshing change of pace after the more rarefied experiences of other parts of the festival.
Le Marche is where you can see hijab-wearing women working for an Iranian production company next to a booth where Japanese horror producers are selling "Cult" ("from the producers of 'Ring' and 'The Grudge'"). It's that kind of a place.
Some things never change about Le Marche. There's always an almost inexplicable title ("A Girl, a Guy and a Space Helmet") as well as a big action star like Thailand's Tony Jaa with a new film ("TYG2: This Time the Fight Goes Beyond").
There are also always wacky plot lines that defy rationality. From the U.K. comes "Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler," described as a docu-drama "based on interviews with eyewitnesses" insisting that Hitler, Eva Braun and "their daughter Uschi" all escaped to Argentina.
Least everything seem too bleak and hopeless, Le Marche also finds time for films with both religious and family friendly themes. There’s “The Gospel of Us,” billed as a movie starring Michael Sheen and a cast of more than a thousand performing "a three-days re-creation of the passion of the Christ.” Also in the holiday spirit is “Santa Claws,” about kitties pressed into service to deliver Christmas presents when Santa has a major
Most interesting of all, at least in theory, was the Korean "Mr. Go," which uses motion capture and CGI to make a film about a realistic-looking 600-pound gorilla who loves, loves, loves to play baseball. Maybe the Dodgers should look into this.