This great annual event kicks off next week and, for anyone interested in film, it is such an exciting and inspirational time to be in Cannes, with a tempting selection of nominated films including Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’, the Coen brothers ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ and Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’. This year, Steven Spielberg is president of the Palme d’Or Jury with jury members comprising Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Lynne Ramsay, Christoph Walz, Daniel Auteil, Cristian Mungui, Naomi Kawase and Vidya Balan. The opening film will be Baz Lurhmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and the closing film will be Jerome Salles’ ‘Zulu’, starring Orlando Bloom. French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies.
Even if you are not an official guest at the actual Film Festival, it is still possible to watch a great selection of films free of charge, either at the Plage Mace or the Cannes Cinephile, or take a tour to see the 15 film murals which have been created on various buildings. Alternatively, May is a perfect time of year to just enjoy soaking up the sun and the general celeb-packed atmosphere.
The Plage Mace, with deckchair seating, is an open-air cinema, showing classic films every evening during the festival. Films will include Hitchcock’s The Birds, Luc Besson’s The Big Blue and Jacques Tati’s Jour de Fête. Also free of charge, is the Cannes Cinephiles, showing films at four Cannes’ cinemas.
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