From 8 to 19 May 2018, 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.
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.
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.
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 50th edition, the films of the Quinzaine will be screened, after Cannes, in other cities – Paris, Marseille, Geneva, Rome, Milan, Florence and Brussels.
Collateral events open to all
The Cannes Film Festival itself is invitation-only, but the Quinzaine is part of the collateral events outside Palais des Festivals and accessible to all. Cannes Cinephiles runs screenings of films at four cinemas in Cannes, with tickets sold at the organization’s headquarters at Pantiero. Tickets for Quinzaine films are available from the head office outside the Malmaison or through Cannes Cinephiles. Two giant screens show festival highlights such as press conferences and red carpet photocalls. Other parallel events include Plage Mace, where you can see a classic film on the beach, free of charge. And it’s worth frequenting the cafés and restaurants of the town, where you may well bump into a star or two.
This year, president of the Jury is Cate Blanchett, Australian actress and producer. She and the other jury members will have to choose from the 21 films in the Official Selection, which begins with the psychological thriller Todos lo saben (Everybody knows) directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin. Other sections include Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings and Special screenings.
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Boggi Milano store, Cannes
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