Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL


The French Riviera will soon once again be in the spotlight as the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival will take place on May 13th to 24th. One of the most beautiful faces to ever grace the silver screen, Ingrid Bergman has been selected to represent this year's Cannes with her image featured on the poster. Her daughter, actress Isabella Rossellini was named president of Un Certain Regard which is a section of the festival that celebrates new films that are considered "original and different"

The prestigious international event has recently revealed their selections to be screened and "La Tête haute (Standing Tall)" will open the festival. This is notable as the director Emmanuelle Bercot will only be the second female to have their film open the fest (Diane Kurys with "Un homme amoureux (A Man In Love)" in 1987 was the first). Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel star in this story of a troubled boy (Rod Paradot) growing up in a tough neighborhood with a social worker and judge trying to help him. The closing night film will be "La Glace et le ciel (Ice and The Sky)". This documentary by Luc Jacquet (who made the Oscar-winning doc, "March of The Penquins") takes a look at Claude Lorius, one of the first scientists to express concern about global warming back in 1965.

American directors, Joel and Ethan Cohen will head this year's jury and their fellow jurors are equally impressive; Rossy de Palma, the Spanish actress (best known for her work with Pedro Almodovar), Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor, French star and director Sophie Marceau, Mali-born singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré, British actress Sienna Miller, French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan (who tied the Jury Prize last year with Jean-Luc Godard for "Mommy") and Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

There are a total of thirty-eight films that will be competing for prizes which includes the long-awaited feature comeback by Todd Haynes with "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett, a new version of "Macbeth" featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, a previous Cannes winner for "Dogtooth", Yorgos Lanthimos with his first English-language film, "The Lobster" which stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, the latest from Gus Van Sant, "Sea of Trees" and "Youth", the second English-language film from Italian filmmaker, Paolo Sorrentino who won a Best Foriegn-Language Film Oscar for "The Great Beauty" last year.



Some films that are screening out of competition are the rebooted "Mad Max: Fury Road", the annual Woody Allen pic, "Irrational Man" the Amy Winehouse doc, "Amy" and "Love", a sexual melodrama involving a boy, a girl and another girl by controversial director, Gaspar Noé.