Presenting ‘Mickey and the Bear’ at Cannes Film Festival

By David Vives

All away from the mountains of Montana to southern France’s beaches, ‘Mickey and the Bear’ film production came a long way to present their movie as part of the Cannes Film Festival.

After its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, the movie is currently screening at one of the Arcade Theaters, near the Palais du Festival in Cannes.

“Mickey and the Bear” is an american drama, written and directed by Annabelle Attanasio, in her directorial debut. It stars Camila Morrone, and James Badge Dale.

The film features Mickey Peck, a teenager played by Camila Morrone, who bears caretaking responsibility for her father, a veteran and addict, played by James Badge Dale.
A touching performance evokes the father-daughter relationship, where personal suffering meets with the suffering of wartimes.

This is what we call Cinema d’auteur. It’s when the director has his own idea or a particular theme he wants to share with the audience. Unlike blockbusters, which often rely on top actors and huge budgets, these directors choose to rely only on the talent of the actors and screenwriters.

It took four years for Anattasio to cast her crew. With half of her production based in Montana, she found this setting appropriate to tell the story of a lone father struggling with his memories of war.Mickey and the Bear will screen at the festival as part of the ACID program – a chance for little-known filmmakers to get their work seen and increase their chances of gaining a distributor.

Cannes Film Festival will end on May 25th.