Cannes Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Cannes Film Festival | Festival de Cannes
SINCE: 1946
WHERE: Cannes, France, Europe
WEBSITE: www.festival-cannes.fr
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: “The International Film Festival was created on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival. The first edition of the Festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis Lumiere. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, on 20 September 1946. It was subsequently held every September – except in 1948 and 1950 – and then every May from 1952 onwards.”

Cannes Film Festival Reveals 2012 Cinéfondation and Short Films

Cannes Film Festival Reveals 2012 Cinéfondation and Short Films

The Official Selection for short films to screen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was unveiled yesterday. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided over by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Ten films have been selected from among the 4,500 films that were submitted to the selection committee to compete for the 2012 Short Film Palme d’or . For the first time, both a […]

Tim Roth to be president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Tim Roth to be president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection. He is an English actor who began his career in television before moving on to cinema with The Hit directed by Stephen Frears, Tim Roth made his first appearances at Cannes with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (Palme d’or, 1994)  which earned him international renown. In 1995, […]

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE to Preside Over Jury for Cinéfondation and short films at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE to Preside Over Jury for Cinéfondation and short films at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Belgian director, scriptwriter and producer Jean-Pierre DARDENNE who along with his brother Luc won Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for The Kid with a Bike in 2011, after winning two Palmes d’Or, first in 1999 for Rosetta and then in 2005 for The Child, and the prize for best screenplay in 2008 for Lorna’s Silence, will preside over the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films at this year’s festival. The jury […]

Wes Anderson’s New Film MOONRISE KINGDOM to open 65th Festival de Cannes

Wes Anderson’s New Film MOONRISE KINGDOM to open 65th Festival de Cannes

Wes Anderon’s new film, MOONRISE KINGDOM, will open the 65th Festival de Cannes on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman as well as Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman playing the pre-adolescents, MOONRISE KINGDOM recounts a tormented and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965. Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival, is glad to proclaim: “With […]

Marilyn Monroe chosen as Face of 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Marilyn Monroe chosen as Face of 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Fifty years after her death, and on its 65th anniversary, the Festival de Cannes has selected Marilyn Monroe as the icon of the 2012 Festival. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and […]

Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti to be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes

Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti to be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes

Nanni Moretti will be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27, 2012. Accepting the invitation, the Italian actor and director said: “This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and […]

Gilles Jacob Wins A New Term As President of Cannes Film Festival

Gilles Jacob Wins A New Term As President of Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival board of administrators has extended the terms of Gilles Jacob, the 81-year-old president of the Cannes film festival, along with its 50-year-old director Thierry Fremaux. Although there were reportedly several big-name positions positioning for the job including French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, Jacob told AFP, that the festival’s board of administrators voted to extend his mandate as President until 2014 along with that of Fremaux. The Cannes Film Festival is run […]

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

The mysteriously enigmatic U.S. director Terrence Malick took the Cannes film festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, Sunday evening,  for his film The Tree of Life-  about a family of sons dominated by a tyrannical father in Texas, and the origins and mysteries of life. The film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and luminous newcomer Jessica Chastain. Shy as ever, Malick had one of the film’s co-producers, Bill Pohlad accept the award on his behalf. […]

Arirang and AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) tied to win Un Certain Regard prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Arirang and AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) tied to win Un Certain Regard prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

ARIRANG directed by KIM Ki-Duk and HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) by Andreas DRESEN tied to win the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In Arirang, director KIM Ki-Duk turned the cameras on himself as he is ‘playing 3 roles in 1.’ HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) by Andreas DRESEN is described as ‘A story about death that celebrates life.’ Forty-year-old healthy Frank has been diagnosed with […]

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” probably the most highly anticipated film at the Cannes Film Festival, held multiple, invitation-only screenings on Monday at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, the largest theater available there. Audiences actually booed the film. (As the audiences in Cannes are notorious for doing when they are shocked, offended or simply bored to death.) It shocked Malick’s supporters so much, they gave the film a rather defensive standing ovation as the credits rolled.Malick […]

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés,  (The Beloved), will be close the 64th Cannes Film Festival, on Sunday May 22, 2011, following the award ceremony. This represents, Honiore’s 2nd time participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the First time in Competition with Les chansons d’amour. This time Christophe Honore will be accompanied by his faithful musician Alex Beaupin and the film’s actors: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Paul […]

Gus Van Sant’s film ‘Restless’ to open Un Certain Regard, section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Gus Van Sant’s film ‘Restless’ to open Un Certain Regard, section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

The film Restless by Gus Van Sant will open Un Certain Regard, section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 12. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and 360 Pictures, the film examines the relationship of two teenagers, played by Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hooper. Gus Van Sant received the Palme d’or in 2003 for Elephant and the 60th anniversary award for Paranoid Park (2007). His first nomination at the Festival de Cannes was […]

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

The official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled and it features a photo of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970.  Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. Faye Dunaway had the starring role in Schatzberg’s first film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which has been restored by Universal Pictures. The restored film will be distributed in France by Carlotta […]

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière Theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro. The romantic comedy, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux. Following London […]