The highly anticipated Official Selection of films at the 71st Cannes Film Festival was revealed on Thurs 12th April in the stunning UGC Normandie cinema on les Champs-Élysée. The official Festival poster was also unveiled...
The Cannes poster: an institution in its own right
Every year, it's the same ritual. The heads of the Cannes festival team present to the press and public the poster that will symbolise the Cannes Festival fortnight. Stunning, descriptive, often innovative, the highly anticipated poster has sometimes triggered controversy. in particular the 2017 poster, which attracted the wrath of the public: the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale twirling on the rooftops of Rome, endowed with a slender silhouette .. and which turned out to be photoshopped, to make her look slimmer. This year, the Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard is honoured with a bold image taken from his film Pierrot le fou (1965), directed by the great photographer George Pierre, where we see the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and the Danish-French actress Anna Karina exchange a kiss ... The poster was made by the graphic designer Flore Maquin.
The Official Selection
The Cannes Film Festival takes place from 8th May until 19th May. French actor Édouard Baer will take on, for the third time, the role of Master of Opening and Closing Ceremonies. While we wait for the red carpet to be rolled out, the films selected in the different categories of the Official Selection, were announced Thursday 12th April by Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival.
In Competition (18 films)
These feature films are competing for the festival's highest prize: the Palme d'Or. The President of the Jury, taking over from Pedro Almodovar from the 2017 festival, is American actress Cate Blanchett. Once again, French-language productions are well represented, with three French directors in the running plus the Franco-Swiss director, already a total festival icon: Jean-Luc Godard.
- Todos lo saben (Opening film), by Asghar Farhadi (Spain)
- En guerre, by Stéphane Brizé (France)
- Dogman, by Matteo Garrone (Italy)
- Le livre d'image, by Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland)
- Netemo Sametemo (Asako I & II), by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
- Plaire, aimer et courir vite, by Christophe Honoré (France)
- Les Filles du soleil, by Eva Husson (France)
- Ash is purest white, by Jia Zhangke (China)
- Shoplifters, by Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Japan)
- Capharnaüm, by Nadine Labaki (Libya)
- Burning, by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea)
- BlacKkKlansman, by Spike Lee (USA)
- Under the Silver Lake, by David Robert Mitchell (USA)
- Three faces, by Jafar Panahi (Iran)
- Zimma wojna (Cold War), by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)
- Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro), by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)
- Leto (Summer), by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
- Yomeddine (in competition pour the caméra d'or - first film), by Abu Bakr Shawky (Égypte)
Out of Competition (2 films)
In this category are big budget films for the general public that are recognised by the Festival
- Solo: A Star Wars Story, by Ron Howard (USA)
- Le Grand Bain, by Gilles Lellouche (France)
Un Certain Regard (15 films)
This selection highlights films by first-time filmmakers, as well as fringe experimental films, made by recognised filmmakers. The Jury President of this selection is the Puerto Rican director Benicio del Toro. Some films (thus one in Competition) are in the running for the Caméra d'Or prize, which rewards the directors' first films and whose President of the Jury is the Swiss director Ursula Meier. There are three films by French filmmakers and a Belgian director.
- Räns (Border), by Ali Abbassi (Iran)
- Long day's Journey Into Night, by Bi Gan (Chine)
- Les chatouilles (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Andréa Bescond and Eric Metayer (France)
- Sofia (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Meyem Benm'Barek (Morocco)
- Manto, by Nandita Das (Inde)
- À genoux les gars, by Antoine Desrosières (France)
- Girl (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
- Gueule d'ange (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Vanessa Filho (France)
- Euphoria, by Valeria Golino (Italy)
- My Favourite Fabric (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Gaya Jiji (Syria)
- Rafiki, by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)
- Die Stropers (The Reapers) (in competition for the Caméra d'or), by Etienne Kallos (South Africa)
- In My Room, by Ulrich Köhler (Germany)
- El Angel, by Luis Ortega (Argentina)
- The Gentle Indifference of The World, by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan)
The remaining film selections (midnight showings, special screenings and more) can be found on the festival site
Fifty years on after May '68, Jean-Luc Godard à l'honneur
Between the official poster designed after his film Pierrot le fou and his film in the running for the Palme d'Or (Le livre d'image), Jean-Luc Godard is decidedly at the forefront of all the attention for this 71st edition of the festival. IIt's notable that if we look back at 50 years earlier, Godard and other directors like François Truffaut and Claude Berri, had been the instigators of disruption of screenings in Cannes. Sensitive to the events of May 68, and involved in the student revolt that inflamed France that year, the directors asked for the interruption of the festivities. No prizes were awarded at the 21st edition of the festival.
TV5MONDE is supporting two productions presented at Cannes this year
This year, the world's French-language cultural channel supported the production of Tunisian film "WELDI - MON CHER ENFANT" directed by Mohamed Ben Attia, presented as part of the Directors' Fortnight.
A co-production between Nomadis image, River Films, Tanit Film and Arte. Distributed by: BAC Film, Mad Solutions, Imagine, Cine 7th art.
And on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of May 68, "LA TRAVERSÉE" is a documentary drama, directed by Romain Goupil and pre-purchased by TV5MONDE, which will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in a special screening, in the official selection.
A road movie about French identities, looking over questions posed by a deep thinker who prefers to think outside the box: Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Daniel decides to set off to discover the "real France". His questions are evocative of the era of May 68 which was a crucial moment in France politics.
Production: Century Productions.
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Agnès Varda, widow of Jacques Demy, is considered as one of the greatest french filmmakers of all time. In february, Jerusalem Cinematheque pays her tribute with special screenings of her iconic artwork (more info here).
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