The 61st annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off this week, and there is going to be a little bit of CanLit content in the mix. Director Justin Simms is making his feature debut there with an adaptation of St. John’s author Joel Hynes’ Down to the Dirt. You can see a short clip from the film here. (That’s actually Hynes himself in the clip, playing one of the lead roles. )
We should probably point out, though, that the film wasn’t actually invited to screen at Cannes, and it’s not in competition for the Palme d’Or or anything. It’s simply part of the Telefilm Canada-organized Perspective Canada screening series, which is a marketplace for potential buyers.