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65th Cannes Film Festival

May 16 to 27, 2012Cannes, France

What’s It All About?

The 65th Cannes Film Festival popularly known as Festival de Cannes, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. The festival was founded in 1946 and was created on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France.

The festival offers countries involved with filmmaking a platform to showcase the richness of their cinema in the Village International, which hosted over 40 countries last year.

The festival remains grounded to its root purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.


President of the Jury is the Italian film director Nanni Moretti. Other jury members are:

• Jean Paul Gaultier

• Diane Kruger

• Ewan McGregor

• Alexander Payne
Watch Out For! 

Opening Film:

Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson, the film is set in the 1960s where a pair of young lovers flee their New England island town, prompting a local search party led by the Sheriff and the girl’s parents to fan out to find them.

Closing Film:

Thérèse Desqueyroux A French drama it is directed by Claude Miller.
Indian films to be screened at  the festival:

Gangs of Wasseypur (Part I and II)

Anurag Kashyap’s latest directorial venture, the two-part saga (I and II) will be screened in the Director’s Fortnight category.


The film is directed by debuntant Vasan Bala and it features Gulshan Devaiah, Kriti Malhotra and Nishikant Kamat. Bala has worked with Anurag Kashyap as his assistant for Dev D and That Girl In Yellow Boots.

Filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely is set in the mid-80s, and portrays the story of two brothers who make C-grade horror and sleazy films.

Kalpana (1948)

A 1948 dance-drama, written and directed by Uday Shankar, revolves around a young dancer’s dream of setting up an academy, a reflection of his own, which he eventually manages to come up with at Almora.
Some of the short films that will be screened are:

Mi Santa Mirada

• Gasp

• Falastein, Sandouk Al Intezar Lil Burtuqal (Waiting For PO Box)

Sessiz-Be Deng (Silent)Films screened in Out of Competition and Special Screenings offer the audience the opportunity to view more personal works.
Out Of Competition:                 

• Io E Te (Me and You)

• Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

• Hemmingway And Gellhorn
Special Screenings:

• Der Müll Im Garten Eden

• Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

• The Central Park Five

• Les Invisibles

• Journal De France

• A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim

• Villegas

• Mekong Hotel


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