Cannes International Film Festival

By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

Like every year, from the 14th till the 25 of May, the city of Cannes will become the mecca for actors, directors and producers of the best upcoming films. We have gathered all the essential information about the world´s most prestigious international film festival for you.

The Cannes Film Festival is famous for previewing new films of all genres including short films and documentaries. By invitation only, guests will gather at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. This year´s guest of honour of the Cannes Classics will be Sophia Loren, awarded Best Actress back in 1961 and that acted as President of the Jury in 1966.  This year she will be present at the screening of LA VOCE HUMANA (2014, 25mn), directed by Edoardo Ponti and will give a master class on stage at Salle Buñuel.

This edition´s jury will be presided by Jane Campion, director, producer and screenwriter who won the Palme d´Or at Cannes for The Piano. Her collaborators will be 8 talented world cinema luminaries from Mexico (Gael García Bernal), United States (Sophia Coppola), France (Carole Bouquet), Iran (Leila Hatami), Denmark (Nicolas Winding Refn), China (Jia Zhangke) and South Korea (Jeon Do.Yeon).

Special guest stars include David Cronenberg, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jean-Luc Goddard and two of the great icons of British cinema: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.

Amongst this year´s films in the Competition section are:

Two Days, One Night by Palme-winning Belgian directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Marion Cotillard plays a woman who tries to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job.

The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones tells the story of the journey of a man from Nebraska to Iowa.

A Map to the Stars by David Cronenberg tells the story of a dysfunctional Hollywood family addicted to the celebrity culture and business. 

You can read about these and all other films in competition, as well as view the trailers here.

Other sections include Out Of Competition, Short Film Court, Classics and Special Screenings. This year´s section of Un Certain Regard will showcase Mathieu Amalric´s La Chambre Bleue.

In the documentary section of the festival, there is much anticipation to view Amy Berg´s tribute to Janis Joplin, titled: “Janis: Little Girl Blue.” Berg, nominated for an Oscar for “Deliver us from Evil” has said that Janis was: “an amazing rock icon who paved the way for generations to come.”

Cannes is located along the most glamorous spots on the French Riviera so it is only fitting that the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival opens with the film Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan and starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and Tom Roth as her Prince Rainier.  Already considered controversial, as Kelly´s children have said the film needlessly glamourizes their mother and is historically inaccurate, the film is expected to be a box-office hit.

Inspired by a photogram taken from Federico Fellini´s 8 ½, Hervé Chigioni and graphic designer Gilles Frappier have created this year´s poster. Frappier declared that: 
“The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness.”  

Mark your calendars, remember that you can download the festival guide and all the essential information here and get ready to be dazzled by the stars and glamour of Cannes!

Photo Credits:Canne Film Festival & Mathieu Lebreton

 

 

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