Tonight, the French city Cannes becomes the center of the international filmmaking industry as its 65th annual film festival begins. Stars like Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and many more bring the Hollywood glamour to the French Riviera.
The event runs from May 16 to May 27 and lines up new films of Palm D’Or winners like Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills) and Michael Haneke (Love). Also, Ken Loach (The Angels’ Share), Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone), Alain Resnais (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet) and Abbas Kiarostiami (Like Someone in Love) are competing for a Palm D’Or this year.
The premiere of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open Europe’s biggest and most glamourous film festival tonight. Two other filmmakers will screen their films in the competition for the first time: Lee Daniels (The Paperboy) and John Hillcoat (Lawless).
Among the films that premiere out of competition are HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn, which stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, and DreamWorks’ animation Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
The jury, headed by Italian film director Nanni Moretti, includes British director Andrea Arnold, British actor Ewan McGregor, Israeli-born actress Hiam Abbass, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, French fashion designer Jean – Paul Gaultier, German actress Diane Kruger, Haitian director Raoul Peck and US director Alexander Payne.
Some of the big names expected to be seen tonight in Cannes on the red carpet are Alec Baldwin, Marion Cotillard, Eva Longoria, Sean Penn, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.
On a colourful note, Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show this morning with a promotion stunt for his new film, The Dictator. He came out of his hotel flanked by two female fake soldiers, then mounted a camel and rode down the Croisette.
Other than that, it may take a while until we will see again female directors in Cannes. For the third consecutive year there is no female-directed film in the competition as producer/writer/ director Alexandra Kondracke (The L Word, D.E.B.S.) tweeted the other day.
For more details visit the Cannes Film Festival official website.