The Cannes Film Festival is the world's best known and most influential film festival. Each year, the stars gather in the Mediterranean city to see and be seen. Each year, the Jury looks at a wide selection of international films and selects their winners.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival
Running from May 16th to 27th, 2012, this year's festival is as glitzy, glamorous and exciting as ever.
The Artist star, Berenice Bejo, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival but this year as mistress of ceremonies. You can catch her at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Alongside her will be a larger than usual line-up of Hollywood stars, including Nicole Kidman here for the out of competition screening of Hemingway & Gelhorn which co-stars Clive Owen. With Nicole Kidman for the film The Paperboy, you might catch John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey. Mud brings Reese Witherspoon; Lawless brings Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain. And finally, what would the film festival be like without Brad Pitt? This year he’s here for Killing Them Softly.
The Official Jury
This year, the Italian director and actor Nanni Moretti is President of the Jury. Better known in Europe and Italy, his career began when he directed his first film, Io Sono un Autarchico (I am Self Sufficient) in 1976. Two years later he was a contender at the Cannes Festival with Ecce Bombo. His films quickly won him fame and prizes and he is known for his hard-hitting witty take on modern society. His film Il Caimano (The Caiman), harshly criticizes the bizarre behaviour in Italian political life under Silvio Berlusconi.
Moretti is also known as an actor starring in films such as the Taviani brothers’ Padre Padrone (Father and Master) (1977).
The Feature Films Jury is an interesting one. It’s made up of Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director), Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter), Emmanuelle Devos (French actress), Diane Kruger (German actress), Jean Paul Gaultier (French designer), Ewan McGregor (British actor), Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer) and Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer). They have to choose between 22 films.
Last year’s selection included The Artist and Midnight In Paris. What’s on show this year?
Opening the festival is Moonrise Kingdom from Wes Anderson. Also in contention are films like The Angels’ Share from Ken Loach (one of the few comedies), and Vous N’avez Encore Rien Vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet) from Alain Resnais. There’s a good Hollywood presence on the red carpet, with such star-studded films as Walter Salles' On the Road, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Jeff Nichols' Mud and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly.
Sélection Cinéfondation (for student films) and Short FilmsThe Jury for this section is led by the Belgian director, scriptwriter and producer, Jean-Pierre Dardenne. No stranger to Cannes, last year he and his brother Luc won the Grand Prix with The Kid with a Bike.
The jury consists of the Canadian actress, Arsinée Khanjian, Karim Ainouz (Brazilian director and scriptwriter), Emmanuel Carrere (French writer, scriptwriter and director) and Yu Lik-wai, the Chinese director of photography and filmmaker.
The Palme d’Or for Short Films is presented at the Festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday 27 May.
Un Certain RegardThis is taken from 20 original films selected from different countries which are very different from the more commercial selection and are shown at the Salle Debussy.
The President of the Jury is English actor and director Tim Roth. Again a regular at Cannes, Tim Roth first appeared at Cannes in Quentin Tarinto's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction in 1994. It was the start of a very successful career. His directing debut was the 1999 The War Zone which was nominated at Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. Some of his other appearances were in The New World, directed by Terrence Malick, Don't Come Knocking directed by Wim Wenders, Planet of the Apes from Tim Burton, Funny Games directed by Michael Haneke and Everyone Says I Love You directed by Woody Allen. American audiences know him as the lead in the TV series Lie to Me.
Out of Competition
Out of Competition films do not compete for the main prize and are shown at the Theatre Lumière and Cinéma de la Plage which the public can go to. This year the films include the premiere of Madagascar 3 from Dream Works Animation, Bertolucci's Io e te (Me and You), Philip Kaufman's Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn.