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As spring brings a welcome change in weather, Cannes, France, prepares to bring another round of brilliant filmmaking to the world. That’s right, Festival de Cannes 2014 is quickly approaching, which means all eyes are on Europe.
Competition – From first time directors to living legends, this year’s line-up will make any film fan giddy. All eighteen films up for competition are highly anticipated. Some highlights: French new-wave legend Jean-Luc Godard tries his hand at 3-D with “Goodbye to Language”; Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut with “Lost River” filmed in Detroit.
Sci-fi/horror legend David Cronenberg “deconstructs Hollywood” with “Maps to the Stars” starring Robert Pattinson; Acting great Tommy Lee Jones directs “The Homesman” starring Hilary Swank; and many, many more. For a complete list, read CNN’s Cannes Lineup.
When: From 14 to 25 May, 2014
Where: Cannes, France
Mission: “To draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”
– Palme d’Or, which, in 2013, went to Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color“; an independent French film made with a movie budget of only four million euros. It went on to gross over $19 million worldwide.
– Grand Prix – read a list of 2013 winners here.
– Prix du Jury
– Best Actor (2013 winner – Bruce Dern for “Nebraska”) Best Actress (Bérénice Bejo in “Le Passé“)
Cannes Classics – “Discover the Cannes Classics Selection online from 17th April and access the detailed film notes one week before the Festival opening.”
Jury – This year’s jury will consists of an equal number of men and women. As usual, the panel will be globally diverse. 2013 saw some big names with Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg on board, and 2014 will be no different. According to the Los Angeles Times, this year’s panel will consist of: Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jeon Do-yeon, Leila Hatami, Jia Zhangke, Jane Campion, Carole Bouquet, and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Opener – Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman
Not in Competition – Though it will not be competing, DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” has much to be excited about. Its first installment, made with a movie budget of $165 million, has grossed over $494 million worldwide. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois and stars the voices of Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.
There are many other excellent filmmakers showcasing their movies at Cannes. The official website puts it,
“Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.”
Cannes Court – This short film event brings together the Short Film Corner and the short film competition.
The Daily – As we wait the official announcement of the 2014 schedule, the 2013 Daily gives a hint at what this year’s festival will consist of.
Celebrating Cinematic Diversity
Since 1947, the first year of “Festival du film de Cannes”, the French Riviera film festival has played a pivotal role in international cinema. Cannes quickly became the festival for foreign cinema to reach new markets. In addition to better distribution, world-greats, such as Japan’s Akira Kurosawa and Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman, earned the recognition they deserved from Canne’s diverse panel of judges.
With such an important, rich history, Cannes 2014 promises to continue its tradition of embracing cinematic diversity. By remembering the past and championing the future, the French festival is sure to be a brilliant celebration of cinema.
LE MARCHÉ DU FILM – From May 14-23, 20,000 film professionals will meet at Cannes Film Market. As always, the market will be a great opportunity to advertise, promote, network, and collaborate with film industry insiders. According to the film market website, 5,364 films will be represented at the festival, as well as 1,076 companies at 397 booths. Registration online is now closed. Finally, Cannes’ Film Market is an excellent way to highlight your movie or company. That being said, it’s not too late to advertise, click here to learn more: Cannes Advertising Opportunities.