From 14 to 25 May 2019, Cannes will be at the centre of global media attention, with film stars and directors climbing the 24 red-carpeted steps up to the Palais for the screenings of the films competing for the Palme d’Or. It is probably the best organized, most gentlemanly red carpet in the world, with a strictly-choreographed ceremony, and rules both for stars – bow ties for men, high heels for women – and photographers, who also have to wear black tie.
The 2019 edition
Cannes has a special place in the world of film festivals. It wasn’t the first international film festival: that honour goes to Venice, launched in 1932. But its Palme d’Or prize quickly became the most coveted award, the highlight of the European film calendar. It is different from other film awards (such as the Oscars) in that anyone can submit a film.
An important part of Cannes is La Quinzaine de Réalisateurs, the Directors’ Fortnight, which constitutes a parallel event for more experimental productions. Now at its 51st edition, the Quinzaine presents films both by new directors and others of consolidated fame.
This year, president of the Jury is Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican director who has won 5 Oscars. He and the other jury members will have to choose from the films in the Official Selection, which begins with “The Dead Don’t Die” directed by Jim Jarmusch.
A brief history of the Cannes Film Festival
The festival has a history running back to 1946 – it had been planned for September 1939 but the war resulted in a seven-year postponement. In the 1950s the organizers moved it from September to spring, in order to benefit from the good weather on the Riviera in that season. Initially simply a selection of films, it became a competition from 1955, with the main prize – the Palme d’Or – designed from a sketch by director Jean Cocteau. Today, there are many film festivals all over the world, and each event has its own characteristics, from mainstream films to innovative art-cinema, from audience-oriented to business-oriented. But amidst the galaxy of festivals – Bangkok, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Hong Kong, Lucerne, Rome, Rotterdam, Seattle, Singapore, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Vienna – Cannes can be considered as the quintessential film festival, an event that can add cultural capital to a film just through its selection.
Boggi Milano tuxedo
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Boggi Milano store in Cannes
Boggi Milano is proud to be present with a boutique in Cannes. Here is the contact information:
102 Rue d’Antibes
Tel. +33 04 933 926 90
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