Every May, the Cannes Film Festival takes place in the resort town of Cannes on the south end of France. While many eventual Oscar winners premier at Cannes, the amazing part of the festival is that films are shown from all over the world. The Cannes Film Festival will begin on May 14, and the extraordinary array of diverse films should make for a wonderful time.
The celebration will begin with Grace of Monoco as the debut film, which stars Nicole Kidman as late actress Grace Kelly when she was Princess of Monoco. Coincidentally, the real Grace Kelly actually met Prince Rannier III while attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. The film has been pushed back multiple times, so the anticipation has been bubbling to see Kidman portray the actress-turned-princess. The movie is set in 1962 and attempts to portray Kelly’s strange circumstances in the foreign land of Monoco. No US release date has been set as it seems Cannes will be a test-run to see if it could become a big money-maker in the States.
Another interesting film is Lost River, which marks the writing and directorial debut of Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling. The film stars Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes, and uses magical realism to take a single mother (Hendricks) into a secret, underwater world. It remains to be seen when it will be released in America, but they have set an October 2 release date in Denmark.
One potential Oscar-contender is Foxcatcher, which features a star-studded cast of Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo. The film follows the real-life thriller of John du Pont (Carell), a mentally insane wrestling coach who killed David Schultz (Ruffalo), an Olympic wrestler and personal friend of du Pont. Tatum plays Mark Schultz, the brother of David, who originally published the story as an autobiography, which is the basis for the movie. The film is directed by Bennet Miller, who previously directed Moneyball and Copote. Miller has only directed three previous films in the 16 years that he has been active, so there is reason to think that Foxcatcher is set to be extraordinary, but it will remain to be seen until after the Cannes Film Festival.
There will be films that completely come out of the blue at Cannes, just like every year. For example, The Artist premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival before making its run toward four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. A tradition of the festival is to award the Palme d’Or to the best film screened at the event. Tree of Life, an American film starring Brad Pitt, took the honors in 2011. In 2012, Amour, an Austrian film, won the Palme d’Or before earning five Oscar nominations and winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Last year a French and Tunisian film, Blue Is the Warmest Color, took home the Palme d’Or, but due to its NC-17 rating in the States, it did not get many accolades outside of the festival.
The event will run from May 14 to May 25, and while it is practically impossible to know which films will succeed at Cannes, there is undoubtedly going to be an exciting line-up of movies. The Cannes Film Festival is a great tradition, and with the extraordinary-seeming films that are set to premier, it is bound to be fantastic event.
By Jough Brasch