An important date in any film lover’s diary, the 63rd Festival de Cannes will be happening 12-23 May 2010. During the two weeks thousands of movie folk are expected to attend with the BBC estimating that 10,000 film industry people and 4,000 journalists will be there.
What are the highlights of this year’s festival?
Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will be opening the festival, with stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett expected to attend. Other films making an appearance during the festival include: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The closing film will be Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree which is an adaptation of Judy Pascoe’s novel, Our Father Who Art in the Tree and starring Marton Csokas and Charlotte Gainsborough.
As well as hosting film screenings and providing the perfect backdrop for photographs of beautiful actresses in beautiful dresses, Cannes is also a prestigious awards ceremony. The President of the Jury this year is Tim Burton, who has been described by Thierry Fremaux, Delegate General of the Cannes Film Festival, as standing mid-way between art-house cinema and popular cinema.
Other figures making up the feature film jury include British actress Kate Beckinsale, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro and Alberto Barbera, Director of the National Museum of Cinema in Italy.
The grand prize is the Palme D’Or which is the highest award for competiting films. Previous winners include Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver in 1976, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in 1979, Ethan and Joel Coen’s Barton Fink in 1991, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in 1994 and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist in 2002.
One of the world’s oldest and prestigious film festivals, Cannes is a perfect location for Hollywood’s crème de la crème. Reminiscent of a glorious past with its beach front location in the south of France, Cannes also serves as the showcase for European film.
Held in conjunction with the festival, the Cannes Feature Market provides opportunity for movie producers to sell their film to a major distribution company for national or worldwide release. Advice from the Australian Film Commission says: “The experience of being in Cannes is a crash course in seeing your work in a world context with a very serious film culture and in an amazing and cut throat market all at once.”
With the festival taking place in a matter of days, all eyes will be on Cannes to see who wins – and who wears – what. With the weather calmed down after freak storms earlier this week, let’s hope that the 63rd festival will be a roaring success.