Cannes Man

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German title Cannes Man
Original title Cannes Man
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1996
length 88 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Richard Martini
script Deric Haddad
Richard Martini
production Tom Coleman
Holly MacConkey
Johan Schotte
Jon Turtle
music Richard Martini
camera Denise Brassard
Dean Lent
cut Richard Currie

Cannes Man is a satire by Richard Martini from 1996. The leading roles are played by Seymour Cassel and Francesco Quinn; Guest appearances include Johnny Depp , John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper .


The boy Frank Rhinoslavsky travels to the Cannes Film Festival and tries to finance his stay there by doing odd jobs . But luck is not on his side at first. This changes when the eccentric producer Sy Lerner, motivated by a discussion about the current state of the film industry, makes a bet with an acquaintance that he can make any person the star of the festival. The choice falls on Frank, who happens to be strolling around in the area. Then Sy tries everything to make Frank the subject of the stars by posing as the aspiring newcomer writer Frank Rhino, who is said to have written the best screenplay in recent years, and even compares him to Faulkner and Hemingway .

Through his contacts and persuasion, Sy succeeds in involving a number of stars in the film, although there is no film at all. After a few days everyone in Cannes is talking about Frank Rhino and his script, with which Sy has won the bet and there is no longer any reason for him to continue spinning the hoax. But Frank himself is caught in the lie and has lost sight of the fact that he is not a successful author at all. So he tries desperately to get his fictional script to the man on his own, but meets with rejection from all sides. After the festival, Sy fakes his own death in order to use the money from the investors who wanted to use it to finance Frank Rhino's film. However, Sy is later recognized on a beach and now has to deliver a finished film, which he produces with the help of Frank Rhinoslavsky and which he presented in Cannes a year later.


“Guerrilla-style satire on the film business filmed during the 1995 Cannes Festival and developed without a real book. The plot falls by the wayside and only provides the framework for a few punchlines and cameo appearances ”, writes the lexicon of international films .

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  1. Cannes Man. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used