Ang Lee’s much-anticipated (by homos the world over at least) Brokeback Mountain, about gay cowboys in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, was denied entry into competition at Cannes this year, despite a spate of indie films (Jarmusch, Wenders, Von Trier, Van Sant) vying in that category, reports Dark Horizons. Ang Lee has never been welcome at Cannes.
Why the project didn’t measure up at Cannes remains unknown, though the trades reported two weeks earlier that “Brokeback Mountain” was “looking wobbly for Competition,” and confided that the film reportedly “underwhelmed the selection committee.” This comes at odds with other recent reports that many studio executives were “moved to tears” at a recent screening of it. “It’s a great American love story,” says a source to the paper who confirmed it is unabashed about the gay relationship that is central to the film and there are sex scenes. Whether the famous Heath Ledger skinny dipping photos that surfaced last year were part of the film is unsure though they won’t be in the movie’s final edit.