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The Cannes Film Festival - le Festival international du film de Cannes

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The Cannes Film Festival - le Festival international du film de Cannes

Dates for your diary: May 16 to 27, 2023

According to Riviera Radio Daily News on Monday 22 May 2023

Cannes Film Festival - There was plenty of red-carpet glamour on Sunday as actress Alicia Vikander celebrate the launch of Firebrand at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. The actress was joined on the famous Croisette by fellow models Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid and Naomi Campbell ahead of the film's first official screening. Former first lady of France Carla Bruni who is married to former president Nicolas Sarkozy was also present.

According to Riviera Radio Daily News on Tuesday 6 July 2021 " Cannes 2021 - The Cannes Film Festival opens at the Palais des Festivals this evening having been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spike Lee is the President of the Jury this year and the opening movie will be "Annette", a musical from the director Leos Carax. Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star with music by Sparks duo Ron and Russell Mael. More than 2,500 films were submitted for consideration this year after last year's event had to be cancelled.

There are 24 films in the official competition including "Flag Day" by Sean Penn and Wes Anderson's "French Dispatch". Sadly there will be no British presence this year owing to coronavirus restrictions."

According to Riviera Radio News on Wednesday 27 February 2019 - It's been announced that Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu will preside over the jury of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The multi-Oscar-winning director is known for films such as The Revenant and Birdman. The festival runs from May 14th to the 25th.

71st Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes is scheduled for Tuesday 8 - Saturday 19 May 2018 - It starts one day earlier than previous years Find out more here

69th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes 2016 - took place Wednesday, May 11 - Sunday May 22, 2016

According to a report on Riviera Radio Daily News Tuesday 26 April - Actresses Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Paradis will sit on this year's Cannes jury making it one of the most feminine in the film festival's 69-year history. The jury will be presided over by George Miller, the Australian creator of the "Mad Max" films. Woody Allen's new film "Cafe Society" will open the festival on the French Riviera on May 11th. The festival runs until May 22nd.


68th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes 2015 - took place 13 - 24 May 2015

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Factfile - Cannes Film Festival

67th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 14 to 25 May 2014

66th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 15 to 26 May 2013

65th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 16 to 27 May 2012

64th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 11 to 22 May 2011

63rd Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 12 to 23 May 2010

62nd Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes :13 to 24 May 2009

61st Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 14 to 25 May 2008

60th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 16 to 27 May 2007

59th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: 17 to 28 May 2006

Some of the earlier years winning films and Directors - 1989 - 2005

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67th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes 2014: 14th to 25th May 2014

step ladders waiting for the stars of Cannes

New Zealander Jane Campion, Oscar-winning director of The Piano and first woman to have ever won the Palme d’Or, will lead te 2014 jury at the Cannes Film Festival

According to The Riviera Times 18th April 2014 "US stars Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Ryan Reynolds are likely to hit the red carpet for this year’s Cannes Film Festival – notably less Hollywood A-listers than previous events. The festival has now announced its lineup for 2014, a year that will see a smaller number of U.S. filmmakers travel to the Croisette, and a controversial opening film of Princess Grace. " More Here

According to Riviera Radio News 20th May 2014 - "Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum went head to head in Cannes last night and were out on the red carpet to meet their fans. Both were in competition on the two big screenings of the evening in the Théatre Lumière with Pattinson's Maps to the Stars following Tatum's Foxcatcher"

Riviera Radio News reported in the 26th May 2014 -"Winter sleep was the winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes and a good bit of controversy to close the festival , with the president Gilles Jacob criticising what he called the parasitic approach of producers of the DSK-inspired film Welcome to New York. The film failed to get in to competition and was screened on the fringes of the festival."

and finally - "Quentin Tarantino has said that screening films in digital is like forcing audiences to watch television in public, adding that traditional celluloid he grew up with is "dead". Speaking at the Cannes film festival where he won the Palme d'Or prize in 1994, the cult director said: "The fact that most films aren't presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in public. "And apparently the whole world is OK with television in public, but what I knew as cinema is dead." Source Riviera Radio News


66th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: May 15th to 26th 2013

The Riviera Times reported on the 28th February that American filmmaker and worldwide legend Steven Spielberg will chair the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, organisers have confirmed. The award-winning producer and director follows a long line of stars who have been the face of the festival in the past, including Robert de Niro in 2011 and Sean Penn in 2008. The Cannes Film Festival is of personal significance to Spielberg, who presented his first cinematic film, Sugarland Express (1974) in the Azurean city, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.

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65th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: May 16th to 27th 2012


Feature Films: Palme d'Or AMOUR (LOVE) directed by Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix:REALITY directed by Matteo GARRONE

Award for Best Director Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX

Award for Best Screenplay Cristian MUNGIU for DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS)

Award for Best Actress Cristina FLUTUR in DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS) directed by Cristian MUNGIUCosmina STRATAN in DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS) directed by Cristian MUNGIU

Award for Best Actor Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN (THE HUNT) directed by Thomas VINTERBERG

Jury Prize THE ANGELS' SHARE directed by Ken LOACH

Short Films Palme d'Or - SESSIZ-BE DENG (SILENT) directed by L.Rezan YESILBAS

Source: Cannes Film Festival Website

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64th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: May 11th to 22nd 2011


Feature Films: Palme d'Or THE TREE OF LIFE directed by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix: Ex-aequo BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU'DA (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

LE GAMIN AU VÉLO (The Kid with a Bike) directed by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

Jury Prize: POLISSE (Poliss) directed by Maiwenn

Short Films: Palme d'Or: CROSS (Cross - Country) directed by Maryna Vroda

Jury Prize: BADPAKJE 46 (Swimsuit 46) directed by Wannes Destoop

For more Information Visit The Cannes Film Festival Website

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63rd Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: May 12th to 23rd 2010

The actress Kristin Scott Thomas will open the 63rd edition of the Festival on May 12th by inviting the President Tim Burton and his Jury on stage at the Palais des Festivals. She will equally animate the closing ceremony when the Awards will be announced, Sunday May 23rd. Kristin Scott Thomas is re-cast in the role she played in 1999, succeeding Edouard Baer who held the position for two years running in 2008 and 2009.

The President of the Feature Film Jury will be Tim Burton and on the jury:

Kate Beckinsale – Actress / United Kingdom Giovanna Mezzogiorno – Actress / Italy Alberto Barbera – Director of the National Museum of Cinema / Italy Emmanuel Carrere – Author – Screenwriter – Director / France Benicio Del Toro – Actor / Porto Rico Victor Erice - Director/ Spain Shekhar Kapur - Director – Actor – Producer / India

Robin Hood, the epic blockbuster by British director Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett (and Max Von Sydow, Lea Seydoux, William Hurt), is to be screened at the Opening of the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Wednesday May 12th 2010. The film will be presented out of competition. Produced by Universal Studios, the screenplay was penned by Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidential, Mystic River) and portrays the birth of the Robin Hood legend.

To star, Ridley Scott chose Russell Crowe for a role previously brought to the screen by Errol Flynn, Sean Connery and Kevin Costner. Ridley Scott was in the Official selection at the Festival de Cannes with The Duellists, a prize winner in 1977, then with Thelma and Louise, presented out of competition in 1991. Robin Hood will be released in theatres in France the day of its presentation at Cannes, and released worldwide on May 14th.

Italy's culture minister will boycott the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to protest an Italian documentary that criticizes Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's relief efforts for survivors of the L'Aquila earthquake in central Italy last year. Sandro Bondi declined an invitation to attend the festival on the French Riviera. On Saturday, just days before its opening, the minister issued a statement saying he was shocked that the film, Draquila: Italy Trembles, was included in the event.

The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for 2010 was won by the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It was the first time that an Asian movie won the award since 1997.

Other winners from the 2010 Festival: Grand Prix - Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvois | Jury Prize - A Screaming Man directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Best director - Mathieu Amalric for On Tour | Best actress - Juliette Binoche for Certified Copy | Best actor- Javier Bardem for Biutiful and Elio Germano for Our Life (shared) | Best screenplay - Lee Chang-Dong for Poetry

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62nd Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: May 13th to 24th 2009


French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury of the 62nd Festival de Cannes. Three British films were vying for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's PalmeD'Or award. They were Ken Loach's fim Looking for Eric a film about an obsessive football fan staring Manchester United's Eric Cantonna. [The 59th Festival de Cannes that was held on the 17th to 28th May 2006 had Ken Loach winning the 2006 Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film The Wind That Shakes The Barley.(Le Vent se lève) ], Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank and Jane Campiion's Bright Star.

It was not a double British win in Cannes for Plalme D'Or and Monaco Grand Prix. Jensen Button wpn the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix. Austrian Michael Haneke won his first Palme d'Or with his parable of fascism, "The White Ribbon" and Charlotte Gainsbourg takes best actress award for her role in Lars von Trier's Antichrist.The best actor award went to Christoph Waltz who plays a linguistically brilliant Nazi – the "Jew Hunter". There was a British winner for the Cannes Jury prize Andrea Arnold who won her second Jury Prize for Fish Tank about a a fearless, troubled 15-year-old whose life changes when her terrible mother finally goes out with someone nice.

See Visitors down on Riviera May 2009

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61st Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: from 14th to 25th May 2008

The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was won by the French production Entre les murs (The Class) on the 25th May 2008. The film, directed by Laurent Cantet, used teachers and students to chronicle a year in the life of an inner-city school. This is the first time a French film has won the Palme d'Or since Sous le Soleil de Satan by Maurice Pialat in 1987

Grand Prix GOMORRA de / by Matteo Garrone

Prize of the 61st Festival de Cannes ex-aequo Catherine Deneuve dans / for UN CONTE DE NOËL de / by Arnaud DESPLECHIN Clint Eastwood pour / for L’ÉCHANGE (The Exchange)

Award for the Best Director ÜÇ MAYMUN (Three Monkeys / Les Trois Singes) de / by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Jury Prize IL DIVO de / by Paolo Sorrentino Prix d'interprétation masculine Benicio Del Toro dans / for CHE de / by Steven SODERBERGH

Best Performance for an Actress Sandra Corveloni dans / for LINHA DE PASSE de / by Walter SALLES, Daniela THOMAS

Award for the Best Screenplay LE SILENCE DE LORNA de / by Jean-Pierre et Luc DARDENNE

Benicio del Toro won the prize for best actor for his lead role in Guerrilla, Steven Soderbergh's biopic of Che Guevara

The President of the 2008 jury was the American actor Sean Penn

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60th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: from 16th to 27th May 2007

Romania wins major prizes at 2007 Cannes Film Festival

The Palme d'Or, went to Cristian Mungiu for "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," described as an unsparing yet humane look at life during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. It follows the ordeal of two female university students as one tries to help the other obtain an illegal abortion. Cristian Mungiu's film had critical support from the start and the The audience in the Palais des Festivals was audibly delighted by Mungiu's victory. The jury for Un Certain Regard, gave its highest honour to "California Dreamin,' " a first feature by Cristian Nemescu set in Romania during the Kosovo war of 1999. Cristian Nemescu died in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 27.

Diane Kruger was the Master of Ceremonies for the 60th Festival de Cannes. She welcomed the President Stephen Frears and his Jury onto the stage of the Palais des Festivals on May 16th 2007. She also hosted the Closing Ceremony, on Sunday May 27th, during which the Awards will be announced.

Meanwhile early in 2007, the town of cannes and the Palais des Festivals has launched an exciting programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Cannes film festival. In 2007 a series of screenings of old films tracing the history of cinema on the Croisette will be shown several times a month at various venues. Entrance to these films will be free from 6pm and open to all, subject to availability.

As part of the 60th Celebrations the city of Cannes will be showing some of the biggest festival winning films including - Death in Venice, Easy Rider, MASH, Taxi Driver, Apocalyspe Now, La Ville est Belle and Cinema Paradiso. There will be about 60 films played across the year at various cinemas throughout Cannes including La Licorne, Studio 13, Miramar, Le Raimu and Alexandra 111. There will also be seven "Red carpet" screenings in the Grand Auditorium.

Bono of U2 brought Cannes to standstill in the early hours of Sunday 20th May with a concert performed on top of the red carpeted steps leading to the Palais des Festivals. Bono yelled "Bonne anniversaire Cannes", just before 1 am wishing the festival a 60th birtday greeting. Bono and U2 was there for the screening of "U2 3D" their concert film that has been filmed in 3D. The film was scheduled to be screened at 12.30 am, but was delayed by the impromptu concert. The audience were handed a pair of 3D glassed to watch the film and guests included Prince Albert of Monaco and German film maker Wim Wenders.

The President of the jury was British Director Stephen Frears.

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The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival international du film de Cannes) is held in May every year and in 2007 it will be the 60th festival.

The history of the Cannes Film Festival goes back to 1939 when Jean Zay, the French minister for Public Instruction and the Arts (Ministère de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts), proposed a "creation of an international film event in France".posed a "creation of an international film event in France".

Cannes was chosen for its "sunshine and enchanting setting" according to the minister. The reason to set up a Festival in France was as a response for the effect of Mussolini's fascist take over of the Venice Film Festival. Unfortunately because of the Second World War the festival did not commence till the September 20, 1946 and was held at the former Casino de Cannes. As from 1951 the month was changed to May and it now runs for two weeks. It has run every year since 1946 with the only exception being 1948 and 1950. Every year there are thousands of movie makers who go to Cannes accompanied by nearly 4,000 journalists

Left: Carlton Hotel Cannes - Cannes Film Festival 2005

The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film. This non-public Festival is attended by numerous film stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the world.

Right: "Live" television on La Crosette Cannes May 2005

It is a fascinating experience to spend part of the day or evening there soaking up the atmosphere and although restaurant, hotel and bar prices are higher than normal, it is still possible to eat and drink at "normal" prices in some of the establishments away from the "main arena" that is the section along the beach - La Croisette

Naturally hotel beds are at a premium. If you walk along the La Croisette in the early evening you will find early evening television shows being transmitted by channels like TF1 and Canal+ and as dusk draws in the visitors to the evening film showing in the Palais des Festivals et des Congres start arriving. They are dressed in: - dinner jackets - smart dresses and the film stars and their entourage arrive in a fleet of cars picking them up from their hotels and delivering them to the red carpeted steps. The cars are normally supplied by a major French car manufacturer. Men have to look smart and wear a tie, otherwise they might not be admitted..

Left: Cannes Film Festival 2009 personalities arriving at the Canal+ studio on the beach

The stars arrive at the Cannes Film Festival

Left : numerous steps are positioned opposite the Palais des Festivals (2009) and below being

used when the stars arrive

When it is dark there is usually a public screening on the beach with a giant screen. It is a fabulous setting with the sea beyond and lazar lights illuminating the entire bay and the yachts and boats anchored in it. This can certainly be an interesting (and inexpensive) way to pass a few hours and if you don't know who is in the chamfered driven cars, there are still newsstands open where you can buy one of the popular "people's lives - celebrity" magazines.

Right: "Cinema on the beach" Cannes 2006

Left: Palais des Festivals et des Congres

Right: Lazar light show across the bay

The hundreds of film screenings that take place during the festival are not only for the privileged. There are screenings across town as well as the open air screenings. A visitor can get information from the Tourist Office.

There are five major international film festivals - Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Torronta and Cannes, but the Cannes festival is the most prestigious.

Left: Cannes Film Festival 2009 - Hotel Martinez

Right: Cannes 2009 - Ready to intrerview

Left: Sculpture in on the beach at Cannes May 2009

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From the archives:

59th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes: from 17th to 28th May 2006

The 59th Festival de Cannes was held on the 17th to 28th May 2006 Ken Loach the veteran director won the 2006 Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film The Wind That Shakes The Barley.(Le Vent se lève) It beat 19 other films. The film is about the early days of the IRA and stars Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham as two brothers in early 1920s Ireland, when volunteer guerrilla fighters rose up against the British Black and Tans.

The Grand Prix was won by Flandres by Bruno Dumont. Andrea Arnold, a new director, won the Jury Prize( Prix du Jury) for Red Road, starring Kate Dickie as a CCTV operator on a Glasgow, Scotland council estate who spots a man from her past in video footage

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Some of the earlier years winning films and Directors:

2005: L' Enfant - Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 - Michael Moore

2003: Elephant - Gus Van Sant

2002: The Pianist - Roman Polanski

2001: La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) - Nanni Moretti

2000: Dancer in the Dark - Lars von Trier

1999: Rosetta - Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

1998: Mia Aioniotita Kai Mia Mera (Eternity and a Day) - Theo Angelopoulos

1997: Ta'm e Guilass (A Taste of Cherry) Unagi (The Eel) - Abbas Kiarostami & Shohei Imamura

1996: Secrets & Lies - Mike Leigh

1995: Underground - Emir Kusturica

1994: Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino

1993: The Piano Ba Wang Bie Ji - Jane Campion & Kaige Chen

1992: Den Goda Viljan (The Best Intentions) - Bille August

1991: Barton Fink - Joel Coen

1990: Wild at Heart - David Lynch

1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape - Steven Soderbergh

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Some further information about Cannes: It is described by some as one of the classiest resorts on the Cote d'Azur, although very expensive and having one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, you can still find a reasonably priced hotel and meals locally.

It is has a picturesque old town overlooking the town. It has wonderful sandy beaches that are accessible from the main promenade "La Croisette" and at either end these beaches are public beaches. The area in between on La Croisette is full of beach restaurants and although you can walk past them on the sand if you want to sun bathe, you have to pay to use the facilities (loungers - chairs - umbrellas).

There is also a working fishing port contrasted by private moorings from some the most expensive yachts in the world.

If you are staying in the South of France in May a visit to the film festival makes great entertainment and can be for FREE!

In the same month you can also watch the Monaco Grand Prix - Very expensive and the less expensive Historic Monaco Grand Prix - Grand Prix de Monaco Historique that is held every other year. Historic Monaco Grand Prix Click Here

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See also: The Cannes Film Festival - le Festival International du Film de Cannes By Philip Suter

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Above: Palais des Festivals et des Congres - Cannes Film Festival

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For more Information Visit the Festival De Cannes Website here

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