“Well my movie is an hour and forty-eight minutes and lets scenes play, and I don’t say this generally because I know it’s not politically incorrect, but if the problem people have with the film is the pace, fuck ‘em, because we’re in Cannes, and this is not the place to be watching Transformers 3, and they can go fuck themselves. It’s not that much work, and they should be ashamed of themselves.
I have no problem with hearing criticism, I have no problem with hearing people have a problem with the film, one way or another, but if the problem is like, ‘Oh, it was slow,’ they can go fuck themselves. Because movies are not barium enemas, you’re not supposed to get them over with as quickly as possible.
I’m embarrassed for those people; I think that’s an embarrassing response. They should turn on a neon sign on that says ‘I’m a moron.’”
- James Gray in an interview with IndieWire at Cannes.