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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 6: Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 Cannes 2012

When you cover a film festival either solo or as a team, you manage to always have a title that “got away”, which happened to be the case in Park City earlier in the year when we missed Rodney Ascher’s documentary — low-budget in design, but if you’re fan of Kubrick (who isn’t?) and you’re a fan of The Shining, then Room 237 is definitely of interest, especially in an era of quicktime conspiracy theory films and blu-ray over analysis. You can count them on a pair of thumbs, the number of Sundance films to crack the Cannes Film Festival were a total of two, you had Beasts of the Southern Wild receive its Un Certain Regard showing a couple of days back, and today the Directors’ Fortnight showcased Room 237 in its international debut. Both Ascher and his producer Tim Kirk were on hand.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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