The most famous film festival in the world, Cannes, takes place this year from May 15th to 26th. It starts with what is the most eagerly awaited film at the moment, The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurhmann and starring Leonardo diCaprio and Carey Mulligan. It's appropriate; F. Scott Fitzgerald finished the book while he was staying on the French Riviera.
Steven Spielberg is President of the Jury selecting the films in competition for the famous Palme d'Or. Films include the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake; Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra which is apparently the director's last film; and Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. There are 23 films in competition.
The main prize is not all that Cannes is about. If you're a mere mortal you can enjoy classics and Out of Competition films at the Theatre Lumière and the open-air Cinéma de la Plage. Films include J.C. Chandor's All is Lost with Robert Reford as well as Hiroshima Mon Amour from Alain Resnais. Imagine sitting on the beach with the Mediterranean as a background watching some of the great film classics of all time. Not to be missed.
If you plan to go but haven't booked a hotel you might be in trouble. But you could try staying in Antibes, or perhaps at the Belles Rives hotel in Juan-les-Pins where the Fitzgeralds themselves stayed in the Roaring '20s.
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Image: Cinema de la Plage at Cannes Film Festival