Gatsby opens Cannes, leading the way for Franco on Faulkner


Still image from The Great Gatsby.

In case you were worried that The Great Gatsby isn't getting enough attention on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Baz Luhrmann's bombastic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel was screened at the Cannes International Film Festival this week, kicking off 11 days of high brow cinema in the south of France. And there's another classic American novel getting the red carpet treatment this year: One of the most curious films premiering there this year is an adaptation of William Faulkner's heavy classic novel, As I Lay Dying adapted and directed by none other than movie star and ubiquitous weirdo James Franco.

It's an ambitious undertaking: the novel As I Lay Dying is narrated by 15 different characters. But Franco's giving it a shot: He makes his major directorial debut with his own adaptation of Faulkner's canonic tome (he also stars in the movie). Will Franco's As I Lay Dying inspired the same kind of fervour that Gatsby did? Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think in the comments!