May 15 – 26, 2013
What’s It All About?
The Cannes Film Festival popularly known as Festival de Cannes, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France. It 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 which was a rival to the Venice Film Festival.
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. Even after so many years, it remains grounded to its root purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with a view to contributing to the development of cinema.
The jury this year will be headed by Steven Spielberg and will include Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Indian actor Vidya Balan, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, British director and writer Lynne Ramsay, French actor Daniel Auteuil, Taiwanese director Ang Lee, Romanian helmer Cristian Mungiu and Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.
Watch Out For!
The Great Gatsby
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film features Leonardo Di Caprio and Tobey McGuire. It also has a cameo by Amitabh Bachchan. Luhrmann, DiCaprio and author of the book, Scott Fitzgerald, will inaugurate the festival.
To mark the restoration of one of the masterpieces of world cinema, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the festival has invited its heroine, Kim Novak, to grace the event. Novak will attend the screening of Vertigo, which will be shown in its restored form as part of Cannes Classics.
The competition section, the main segment of the festival, will include films like:
• Un Château En Italie (A Castle In Italy)
• Inside Llewyn Davis
• Michael Kohlhaas
• Le Passé (The Past)
Director Anurag Kashyap’s film Ugly featuring Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure will be screened in the Director’s Fortnight segment while Ritesh Batra’s Dabba (The Lunchbox) will be showcased in the Critics’ Week.
UN CERTAIN REGARD
The opening film for this section will be Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Some of the other films include:
• Death March
• As I Lay Dying
• Les Salauds
• Fruitvale Station
• Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan
Gala Screening, Tribute To India
Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar’s Bombay Talkies will be screened under this segment.
Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout and Johnnie To’s Blind Detective will be screened as part of this segment.
Zulu, shot by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey, features Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom in the lead and will close the festival.