Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious cinematic events of the year, it celebrates the art form and storytelling of the motion picture by showcasing the best films from around the world. The cinephiles and Hollywood’s brightest will be paying close attention to the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or prize. But there’s also plenty to enjoy if you’re an armchair observer. From the stars to the parties to the movies, here’s everything you should know about the festival.
When is it?
The festival will take place from May 17-28 on the famed Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes, with film premieres, red carpets and parties spread out during the run.
Who is judging the films?
Director Pedro Almodóvar is the president of the Jury for this year. The rest of the jurors compose to four women and four men from around the world, including Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, The Young Pope creator Paolo Sorrentino, Stoker director Park Chan-wook, French actress Agnès Jaoui, German writer-director Maren Ade and The English Patient composer Gabriel Yared.
Who is mistress of ceremonies?
Italian actress, Monica Bellucci, is the host of this for the Cannes Film Festival’s 70th edition opening and closing ceremonies, for the second time in her career (2003).
What are the movies in competition?
Only a handful of films are selected for the entire festival. Less than twenty films will be shown “in competition”, competing for the highest award of the festival, the Palme d’Or. In the past, this award has gone to films like Apocalypse Now (d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) and Pulp Fiction (d. Quentin Tarintino, 1994).
Les Fantomes D’Ismael of Arnaud Desplechin, con Marion Cotillard e Charlotte Gainsbourg, opening film.
The Beguiled, a thriller directed by Sofia Coppola starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.
Wonderstruck of Todd Haynes, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.
Okja, a Netflix film directed by Bong Joon-Ho, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton.
L’Amant Double of Francois Ozon, starring Marine Vacht, Jacqueline Bisset and Jeremie Renier.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer of the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, with Nicole Kidman e Colin Farrell.
Loveless, the Russian drama of Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Good Time directed by Benny and Josh Safdie, with Robert Pattinson.
Happy End of Michael Haneke with the French actress Isabelle-Huppert.
Le Redoutable directed by Michel Hazanavicious, starring Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin and Berenice Bejo.
You Were Never Really Here written and directed by Lynne Ramsay, the protagonist is Joaquin Phoenix.
120 Beats per Minute, a French drama directed by Robin Campillo.
A Gentle Creature, the Ukrainian drama of Sergei Loznitsa.
The Day After, the South Korean drama film directed by Hong Sang-soo.
Hikari (Radiance), a Japanese drama film directed by Naomi Kawase.
Aus dem Nichts (In the Fade), the German drama of Fatih Akin.
The Meyerowitz Stories of Noah Baumbach, starring Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler.
There’s going to be great red carpet fashion?
The Cannes carpet is one of the biggest fashion stages in the world. On the red carpet actresses, models and celebrities show their elegant outfits. Dream dresses of the most important fashion brands. Until now we can admire Kirsten Stewart in Chanel, Elle Fanning in Gucci, Kendal Jenner in Gianbattista Valli, Rihanna in Dior, Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace, Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton, Julianne Moore in Givenchy Haute Couture, Susan Sarandon in Alberta Ferretti and many others. So the international guests of Cannes, crossing the crowd photographers, walk the red carpet to climb the wonderful staircase that leads to the magical Palais where the magic of cinema takes place.