What’s It All About?
The Cannes Film Festival, popularly known as Festival de Cannes, is an annual event held in Cannes, France. In its 70th edition now, the festival has arguably become the most prestigious film festival in the world. The festival is known for illuminating some of the best cinema and ensuring a line-up of ethnically diverse directors from across the world.
For 12 days each May, the city of Cannes is transformed from a quiet seaside resort into the densest concentration of film industry activities on the planet. Over 2,00,000 people, including some of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers, actors, film fans and studio executives alike, take part in the festival. Unlike most other festivals, Cannes is an event reserved predominantly for film industry professionals and the press.
American actress Uma Thurman is set to preside over this year’s the Cannes Un Certain Regard jury. In a big first for Cannes, two TV shows make their appearance in the official selection. Attendees will be lucky enough to view two episodes of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and the second season of Top of the Lake by Jane Campion, the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or. Another new aspect this year is the inclusion of Netflix. Two films from the streaming service will be brought to the competition: Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories.
In preparation for the 70th edition of the festival, 1,930 films were viewed. A total of 49 were selected, including 18 in the official competition, from 29 different countries. Nine of these are first-time directors and 12 have female directors. One of the women at the forefront this year will be Sofia Coppola, who returns to the festival with her film The Beguiled featuring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.
Festival Accreditation: Festival Accreditation is available to a range of film industry professionals and it provides access to all festival venues and screenings. Festival accreditation is free.
Marché Du Film: Each year, nearly 12,000 industry professionals attend the Marché Du Film. Market Accreditation is available to board members and employees of companies which either operate in the film industry or service the film industry. Market accreditation costs around 300 euros per person attending from a company.
Producers Network: The intention of the Producers Network is to provide a collection of services and events to help producers develop their projects and to encourage international co-productions. Accreditees must have made at least one feature film which has been commercially distributed to qualify for Producers’ Network accreditation.
Producers Workshop: The Producers Workshop is another strand of Market Accreditation aimed at producers who are attending Cannes for the first time.
Watch Out For!
FTII student Payal Kapadia’s short film Afternoon Clouds has been officially selected for the Cinéfondation forum. The film depicts the story of Kaki, a 60-year-old widow, who lives with her Nepali maid Malti. The entire movie revolves around a single afternoon in their house. This film features Usha Naik and Trimala Adhikari.
120 Battements Par Minute (France)
A Gentle Creature (France)
Good Time (USA)
Happy End (France, Germany, Austria)
Hikari (Japan, France)
In The Fade (Germany)
Jupiter’s Moon (Hungary)
L’amant Double (France)
Okja (USA, South Korea)
Rodin (France, Belgium)
The Beguiled (USA)
The Day After (South Korea)
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (UK, USA)
The Meyerowitz Stories (USA)
You Were Never Really Here (USA, France)
Un Certain Regard
Apres La Guerra (France)
Beauty And The Dogs (Tunisia)
Before We Vanish (Japan)
Directions (Bulgaria, Germany)
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (France)
Jeune Femme (France)
La Novia Del Desierto (Argentina, Chile)
Las hijas De Abril (Mexico)
Out (USA, Slovakia)
Western (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria)
Wind River (UK, USA, Canada)