A trawl through the history of the Palme d’Or yields streaming gems from Brief Encounter to Blow-Up, The Leopard to The Square
Bring out your tiniest violins: in a normal year I’d be writing this column from the balmy French Riviera, with a glass of rosé at my side, amid the annual Cannes film festival. That, of course, has all been called off. For the first time since the second world war – not counting the time things shut down halfway through amid the May ’68 movement – the festival has admitted no Cannes do.
A year without Cannes leaves the arthouse release schedule a bit disoriented: traditionally, UK distributors pick over the festival’s highlights for the next year and beyond. (At Curzon Home Cinema, for example, you can currently stream Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Whistlers, both plucked from last year’s Cannes competition.) Through the miracle of streaming, however, you can curate your own festival of past Palmes d’Or to treasure. Continue reading “Curate your own Cannes film festival”→
The Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday abandoned plans for a postponed 2020 edition in June or July, but said it will still explore other options
The Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday abandoned plans for a postponed 2020 edition in June or July but declined to give up entirely, saying it will explore other options.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday extended France’s national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, banning all public events until mid-July. That essentially dashed the hopes of Cannes organizers who last month said they would aim to move the annual May event a month or two.
“It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form,” the festival said in a statement.
The film industry is increasingly expecting Cannes, the world’s largest film festival and movie market, will be canceled. But the festival on Tuesday said it’s still examining other possibilities that might allow Cannes to carry on in some fashion [ . . . ]
Paolo Moretti, the successor to Edward Waintrop, head of the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, unveiled his first selection. This 51st edition, from May 15 to 25, is characterized by increasing titles and a strong delegation of French films that, for many, flirt with the fantastic or a singular universe.
Twenty-six feature films For his first selection at the Directors’ Fortnight, Paolo Moretti, defector of the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, who also worked for the Venice Film Festival, did not skimp on quantity. This number is well above the average of previous editions. At the press conference held again this Tuesday, April 23 at the Forum des Images, the new delegate general said that of all the feature films selected, sixteen will see their authors land for the first time on the Croisette. “The Directors’ Fortnight also has the role of bringing in new directors,” said Moretti.
Seven French films are part of this selection, opened Wednesday, May 15 by Quentin Dupieux’s Le Suede with Jean Dujardin and Adele Haenel and closed by Yves de Benoît Forgeard ( Gaz de France ) whose dare we hardly dare to pitch. Because Yves is none other than a smart refrigerator supposed to simplify the life to the hero Jerem (William Lebghil). In this comedy about rap and star-up, we also find Philippe Katerine and Doria Tillier.
The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official poster for this year’s 71st edition, featuring an image from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film “Pierrot le Fou.”
The poster, designed by 27-year-old graphic designer Flore Maquin, is inspired by the work of French stills photographer Georges Pierre and features “Pierrot le Fou” stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.
The new poster shows Belmondo and Karina leaning out of their cars to share a kiss. The two play lovers on the run who settle for a time on the French Riviera, which is also where the Cannes Film Festival takes place.