Friday, April 19, 2013


Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward appear on the poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival. This photo of the beautiful couple was shot during the filming of 1963's " A New Kind of Love" and was selected to honor the late actor (who won the Best Actor award at the festival in 1958) and the well-respected actress (winning the Best Actress prize in 1972) and their amazing performances throughout their long career in Hollywood.

Baz Lurhmann's big and bold version of "The Great Gatsby" (which stars Leonardo diCaprio and Carey Mulligan) kicks open the international festival on May 15th with the event concluding on May 26th with the closing night film, "Zulu". This English-language crime-drama is headed by Forrest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom and directed by French filmmaker, Jérôme Salle.

Steven Spielberg will head this year's jury and actress, Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies. In between will be films competing for grand prizes including works by Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur"), The Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), François Ozon ("Jeune and Jolie"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Only God Forgives") and Steven Soderbergh ("Behind The Candelabra" which is airing in the U.S. as a television movie).

Films selected for Un Certain Regard will feature the latest by Sofia Coppola ("The Bling Ring"), Claire Denis ("Les Salauds"),  James Franco ("As I Lay Dying") and the Grand Jury prize winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Fruitvale Station", directed by Ryan Coogler.