What did you miss the most about Cannes?
There’s something about the energy in the air, traveling to such a beautiful place with so much history in cinema to premiere and / or bring new movies to the market that is so exciting. Much more than doing it from your living room or office on a computer screen. It’s the elegance of it, the magic of the movies, that I miss the most and can’t wait to be back.
Which restaurant or bar did you miss?
I can easily and sincerely say that of all the wonderful restaurants in Cannes, I miss La Pizza the most. It is this combination of cheese, the backdrop of the port of the Côte d’Azur and French rosé wine that always hits the mark.
What do you have do not missed about Cannes?
Whatever is not to be missed, not having Cannes is much worse.
What do you think of Cannes in July vs May?
I can only be grateful that Cannes is back. Hopefully it rains less in July than in May.
How did you get through the confinement?
I spent the start of the month in lockdown working hard on a plan to restart production and incorporating strict COVID security protocols with our team from the Nu Boyana Studio, Bulgarian Film Center, Ministry of Health and of SAG so that we can get back to work. I have been fortunate to have traveled a lot, to have shot several films over the past year, released a handful, including The bodyguard of the hitman’s wife, which was the # 1 movie in North America on the weekend of June 18, to begin shooting two films on June 28 – The piper and The performer, and to have three more films to be released in the next few months, with many more to shoot. And in the midst of it all, I met the love of my life, Salomé Chandler, during the pandemic. I couldn’t be more grateful for everything, especially for having it in my life.
Will you miss Zoom meetings or are they here to stay?
Zoom meetings are here to stay, however, I certainly won’t miss the virtual markets, as back-to-back meetings for endless days sitting in one place in front of a computer are horrible. I think what we’ve learned is that we can efficiently use our time and meet people anywhere in the world at any time without the need to travel, which will continue to be incredibly efficient.
Is wearing pants on a regular basis going to be weird?
I love to wear costumes during markets and festivals. I love to wear a tuxedo or black tie to premieres, galas and events. I love sports coats and linen shirts. And I love wearing sweatpants or my Lulu joggers too. I’m ready to bring back occasions so we need to dress for the occasion.
The best deal in Cannes?
An umbrella at 5 € in the event of a torrential downpour.
Your only moment in Cannes?
To be able to partner with Thierry Fremaux and the Festival de Cannes to make a big red carpet event to honor Sylvester Stallone with a career retrospective, to be screened Rambo and bring an exclusive teaser of our Rambo: last blood at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in 2019.
The biggest pet peeve?
Having to wait in the security line to come back to our office for after lunch meetings when you are late!
Guilty pleasure in Cannes?
Da Laura, La Petite Maison, L’Ondine, Le Maschou, La Pizza, La Mome, Baoli Beach and long lunches at Du Cap at the end of the festival.
Something you won’t travel without besides your phone?
My vaccination passport.