Cannes Film Festival ~ Seventy Years Influencing Film

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70th Festival De Cannes Film Festival 2017 ©Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale ©Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

Festival De Cannes seventy years of influencing the film industry. The top international film festival worldwide. This festival, held in the beautiful resort town on the French Riviera, is the top publicized event from the films presented to celebrities on the red carpet.

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Cannes, France Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes® Film Festival started in 1947 by, 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.” This festival received international recognition for the films and celebrities in the mid 1950s. The first time the festival top award, Palme d’or, went to the film Marty.  Today the film festival recognizes short and medium length films (Caméra d’Or), student films (Cinéfondation),  best first film presentation (Un Certain Regard), and best film (Palme d’or).

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Festival De Cannes® Palme d’or Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

This year Uma Thurman  is serving as the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury.  Uma Thurman brings her 20 year experience as an actress and director in the film industry. The prize list of films will be presented May 27, 2017.

Palme d’or film award jury is presided by Pedro Almodóvar, scriptwriter, director, and states,  “‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate the Festival de Cannes 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job.” He is joined by 4 men and 4 women:

Each jury member brings a strong influence with their career backgrounds and talent. This award is announced May 28 at the film festival closing ceremony.

Jane Campion heading up Cinéfondation. Campion is not new to Cannes. Her film, The Piano, awarded the Palme d’or in 1993. The jury is made up of five eminent film and literature . This jury selects their three prize winners from among the Cinéfondation’s selection of film school entrants.  This film award is presented at the closing ceremonies.

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Caméra d’or Festival De Cannes® Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival 

Caméra d’O jury presided by Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress. This is awarded to the first film in all categories combined. Kiberlain states, “I am honoured and excited to discover new directors.” She will present this award at the closing ceremony

This year’s film festival presents many anticipated films.

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Gentle Creature (Director Sergei Loznitsa)
  • (BPM) Beats Per Minute (Director Robin Campillo)
  • Good Time (Directors Benny & Josh Safdie)
  • Happy End (Director Michael Haneke)
  • In the Fade (Director Fatih Akin)
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Director Kornél Mundruczó)
  • Loveless (Director Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • Okja (DirectorBong Joon-ho)
  • Radiance (DirectorNaomi Kawase)
  • Redoubtable (Director Michel Hazanavicius)
  • The Beguiled (Director Sofia Coppola)
  • The Day After (Director Hong Sang-soo)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (Director Noah Baumbach)
  • The Square (Director Ruben Ostlund)
  • Wonderstruck (Director Todd Haynes)
  • You Were Never Really Here (Director Lynne Ramsay)

Un Certain Regard Official Selection

  • April’s Daughter (Director Michel Franco)
  • Barbara (Director Mathieu Amalric)
  • Beauty and the Dogs (Director Kaouther Ben Hania)
  • Before We Vanish (Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • Closeness (Director Kantemir Balagov)
  • Directions (Director Stephan Komandarev)
  • Dregs (Director Mohammad Rasoulof)
  • Jeune Femme (Director Léonor Serraille)
  • L’Atelier (Director Laurent Cantet)
  • La Cordillera (Director Santiago Mitre)
  • Lucky (DirectorSergio Castellitto)
  • Out (DirectorGyörgy Kristóf)
  • The Desert Bride (Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)
  • The Nature of Time (Director Karim Moussaoui)
  • Walking Past the Future (Director Li Ruijun)
  • Western (Director Valeska Grisebach)
  • Wind River (Director Taylor Sheridan)

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Drowning Man (Director Mahdi Fleifel)
  • Across My Land (Director Fiona Godivier)
  • Damana (Director Andrés Ramirez Pulido)
  • Katto (The Ceiling) (Director Teppo Airaksinen)
  • Koniec Widzenia (Time To Go) (Director Grzegorz Molda)
  • Lunch Time (Director Alireza Ghasemi)
  • Pépé Le Morse animation (Grandpa Walrus) (Director Lucrèce Andreae)
  • Push It (Director Julia Thelin)
  • Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night) (Director Qiu Yang)

Cinéfondation Official Selection

  • Afternoon Clouds (Director Payal Kapadia)
  • A Perdre Haleine (Director Léa Krawczyk)
  • Atlantîda, 2003 (Atlantis, 2003) (Director Michal Blasko)
  • Ben Mamshich (Heritage) (Director Yuval Aharoni)
  • Camouflage (Director Imge Özbilge)
  • Deux Égarés Sont Morts (Director Tommaso Usberti)
  • Give Up The Ghost (Director Marian Mathias)
  • Heyvan (Animal) (Director Bahman Ark)
  • Láthatatlanul (Invisibility) (Director Áron Szentéteri)
  • Lejla (Director Stijn Bouma)
  • Paul Est Lá (Paul Is Here) (Director Valentina Maurel)
  • Pequeno Manifiesto En Contra Del Cine Solemne (Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema) (Director Roberto Porta)
  • Tokeru (Director Aya Igashi)
  • Vazio Do Lado De Fora (Empty On The Outside) (Director Eduardo Brandao Pinto)
  • Wild Horses (Director Rory Stewart)
  • Yin Shian Bien Jlan Gon Lu (Towards The Sun) (Director Wang Yi-Ling)
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Festival De Cannes® Red Carpet Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

This film festival is May 17-28, 2017 in Cannes, France. This year will continue to evolve film worldwide. Stay tune here for coverage of events from fashion, red carpet, actresses/actors, and films.

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