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The 55th Semaine de la Critique unveils the poster for its 50+5 edition

The oldest among the parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 55th edition by putting the spotlight on the films and talents discovered since its 50thanniversary. In collaboration with the Parisian agency les bons faiseurs, La Semaine chose the image which better reflects this 50+5 edition: the magnificent actress Jessica Chastain in a scene from Take Shelter, second feature film by Jeff Nichols where her performance in one of her fi...

The early years of Cannes - a lesser known history of tourism, war and elegance

  The first annual Cannes Film Festival opens at the resort city of Cannes on the French Riviera. The festival had intended to make its debut in September 1939, but the outbreak of World War II forced the cancellation of the inaugural Cannes. The world’s first annual international film festival was inaugurated at Venice in 1932. By 1938, the Venice Film Festival had become a vehicle for Fascist and Nazi propaganda, with Benito Mussolini’s Italy and Adolf Hitler’s Germa...

Woody Allen returns to Cannes to open The Festival with Café Society

  The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition title. It’s a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened the Festival twice, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending, and again in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.   The film tells the story o...

Cannes to open with Woody Allen's Café Society

  The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition title. It’s a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened the Festival twice, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending, and again in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.   The...

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) collaborates with Cannes Festival (France) and Short Shorts (Japan)

Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, LAFF's President, has announced that the festival, in its 5th edition and for the first time, will collaborate with internationally renowned film festivals to screen acclaimed short films. The selection will include short films from the 68th edition of Cannes Festival and the 10th edition of Short Shorts as part of the first aspects of collaboration with these two renowned festivals. In addition to these two presentations, the festival hosts French produce...

Critcs Week in Cannes announces the Jury, headed by Valerie Donzelli and former winners

The 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate the Talents discovered since 2011, the year of the 50th anniversary of the oldest parallel section in Cannes. This 50+5 edition has an exceptional jury, composed of 5 important filmmakers revealed with their first or second feature at La Semaine in the past 5 years. The Jury President, Valérie Donzelli, will award the Nespresso...

Cannes Red Carpet turns yellow with the Poster for the 69th edition inspired by Godard

The official poster for the 69th Festival de Cannes, taking place from 11 to 22 May and presided over by Australian director George Miller, was designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt.   It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote by Michel Mourlet used at the beginning ofContempt: "Cinema replaces ...

Naomi Kawase to preside the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury

In 2015, Un Certain Regard opened in poetic fashion with Sweet Bean (An) by Naomi Kawase. The Festival de Cannes is honoured to announce that the Japanese director will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury for its 69th edition.    There are some directors whose careers are constantly intertwined with the Festival, much to its delight. The story with Naomi Kawase began back in 1997 when aged 27, she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d&rs...

ACID 2016 Poster

C'est à Pierre La Police, célèbre dessinateur et auteur de BD issu de la scène graphique underground, que l'ACID (Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion) a donné carte blanche pour réaliser cette année son visuel cannois.   Du 12 au 21 mai, l'ACID présentera 9 longs métrages à Cannes, seule section du festival — rappelons-le — à être proposée ...

Laurent Lafitte, the new Master of ceremonies at the 69th Festival de Cannes

Laurent Lafitte © DR     On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the actor Laurent Lafitte has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies throughout the 69th Festival, to be held from 11th to 22nd May under the presidency of Australian director George Miller. No doubt he will enjoy the huge international visibility. Anyone wants to cast a smart and funny actor inenglish speaking films? The actor and comedian will host the Opening Ceremony on We...

Animation Day In Cannes set for May 18

Animation Day in Cannes is dedicated to promoting the art of animation in all its forms,  promoting animation professionals and related technologies and providing networking opportunities. Animation Day in Cannes happens May 18th 2016 during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the largest gathering of international film media in the world.   JOIN the Who's Who  in animation in Cannes Register for free Join the Catalogue of Animation projects in Cannes&n...

The 69th Festival de Cannes will be presided by the Australian director, screenwriter and producer, George Miller

   George Miller © Carl Court / AFP   The 69th Festival de Cannes will be presided by the Australian director, screenwriter and producer, George Miller. Along with his Jury, it will fall to him to award the Palme d’or at the close of the Festival, to be held from 11 to 22 May.   On receiving his invitation from the Festival, George Miller exclaimed, "What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of c...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs US/China Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

DHEEPAN (2015) by Jacques Audiard; A Review.

Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by renown French director Jacques Audiard. While Audiard was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2009, he took away his first Palm d'Or this year with DHEEPAN. The film ...
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