Synopsis by Mark Deming
With the possible exception of John Waters, no one in contemporary American cinema has built a more remarkable career out of the concept of creative bad taste than the folks at Troma Team Pictures. Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz have been offering up a dizzying blend of sex, violence, and appallingly rude humor in dozens of ultra-low budget features since they opened up shop in 1971, scoring cult successes with films like The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Terror Firmer. Now Lloyd Kaufman and partners in crime Sean McGrath and Gabriel Friedman have made a documentary about the Cannes Film Festival, which is both the world's most prestigious international film competition and the world's biggest independent film market, where producers from around the world come to sell their wares. All the Love You Cannes offers a look at the crassly commercial (and less widely examined) side of Cannes, offering friendly advice for novice producers looking to sell their product, as well as the skinny on how Troma have been able to pitch their wildly eccentric product to theaters and video markets all over the globe. The film also offers a look at the sleazy underbelly of the Cannes festival, as well as how Troma lost their suite at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Appropriately enough, All the Love You Cannes premiered (out of competition) at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
film-festival, film-company, filmmaker, behind-the-scenes, advice