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2015 Cannes Film Festival
Considered the major film festival of the year, Cannes offers not only a solid preview of the year to come but a celebration of film itself. For many directors, actors, and other movie players, Cannes is the major milestone of their careers. Further, the festival is the perfect stage for movies made with a film budget big or small to leave its mark.Image via constantcontact.com
When: 13 to 24 May, 2015
Where: Cannes, France
Tickets: Sorry, but the festival is reserved for film industry professionals. If you are a professional, you’re going to need accreditation before you can gain access to the “Palais des Festivals”. Not an industry professional but still want in on the fun? Movie lovers can enjoy open-air screenings of Out of Competition films as well as classics from Cannes’ illustrious history.
How to Submit a Film: Though this year’s door has closed (movies had to be submitted by March 10th) it’s still good to be prepared for next year. Check out this comprehensive guide to submitting your film to Cannes film fest.
Venues: A list of screenings along with their venues will be released on the official site for download a week before the festival.
Though most films are purely speculative at the moment, a small number have announced their presence at Cannes 2015. Here are a few films most likely being screened at the festival.
Mad Max: Fury Road | Directed by George MillerImage via collider.com
Legendary director/writer George Miller returns to his hugely popular Mad Max series with its latest installment titled “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Though the trailer promises much of what made the original films so popular (elaborate car chases, eccentric costumes, and plenty of explosions), the most obvious difference is Tom Hardy playing Max Rockatansky. The movie will premiere outside of competition on May 14th. The project was made with a movie budget of $100M (estimate).
Irrational Man | Directed by Woody Allen
Cannes is familiar grounds for the legendary director, who’s to screen his 45th feature, “Irrational Man”, at this year’s festival. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, will be released by Sony Picture Classics in the US on July 24th. Woody Allen’s previous movie, “Magic in the Moonlight”, was made with a film budget of $16.8M and earned $32.3M at the box office.
Carol | Directed by Todd Haynes
Director Todd Haynes is no stranger to the period piece with such classics as 2007’s “I’m Not There” and 2002’s “Far From Heaven”. Todd visits the past yet again with his latest feature starring Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler. The movie, set in 1950s New York, tells the story of a department-store clerk falling for an older woman. According the project’s IMDB page, most of the movie was filmed in Ohio.
The Sea of Trees | Directed by Gus Van Sant
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Highly acclaimed director Gus Van Sant will be screening his newest film “The Sea of Trees” at this year’s festival. The movie, written by Chris Sparling, is described on its IMDB page as: “A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.” The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.
A Tale of Love and Darkness | Directed by Natalie Portman
According to The Wrap, Natalie Portman joins seven other filmmakers making their directorial debuts at Cannes. The film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, is based on the memoirs of journalist Amos Oz and was adapted into a screenplay by Portman.
From the thewrap.com:
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“Dheepan” (temporary title), Jacques Audiard
“La Loi Du Marche” (“A Simple Man”), Stephane Brize
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier
“MacBeth,” Justin Kurzel
“Marguerite et Julien” (“Margeurite and Julien”), Valerie Donzelli
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“Mon Roi,” Maiwenn
“Nie Yinniang” (“The Assassin”), Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Il Racconti dei Tacconi” (“The Tale of Tales”), Matteo Garrone
“Saul Fia” (“Son of Saul”), Laszlo Nemes
“The Sea of Trees,” Gus Van Sant
“Shan He Gu Ren” (“Mountains May Depart”), Jia Zhang-Ke
“Sicaro,” Denis Villeneuve
“Unimachi Diary” (“Our Little Sister”), Hirokazu Kore-Eda
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino
Women in Motion: General delegate Thierry Fremaux and French luxury brad Kering have joined forces to give all the amazing women in film, both past and present, their due. Variety describes the event as, “conceived by Kering to highlight women’s achievements in film, Women in Motion will host a series of talks with high-profile talent and execs, as well as hand out two awards during the upcoming 68th Cannes film festival, which will mark Pierre Lescure’s inaugural year as president.”