Cannes Film Festival 2015: Cate Blanchett and Mad Max Are Featured

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Cate Blanchett’s Carol and the Charlize Therron and Tom Hardy stars of Mad Max: Fury Road are some of the movies that festival goers can look forward to at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The 68th Cannes Film festival that began today will go on till May 24. More than 200,000 people usually attend the festival and for the first time in the festival’s history, two people will chair the jury, Joel and Ethan Coen. The Oscar-winning director duo will be joined by American actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, British actress Cannes Film FestivalSienna Miller, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, French actress Sophie Marceau, Malian composer Rokia Traore and Canadian director Xavier Dolan.

Ingrid Bergman’s on The 2015 Cannes Film Festival Poster

The Cannes Film Festival is paying tribute to Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish Hollywood star ahead of what would have been her 100th birthday this year. The leading lady of the Golden Age of Cinema has been shot in black and white by photographer David Seymour. Bergman herself, lead the Canned jury in 1973. She is seen glancing over her shoulder and smiling in the posters.

She will be represented, in sorts, by her daughter Isabella Rossellini, who is the president of the Un Certain Regard jury. A Swedish documentary, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words will also be featured at the festival.

Festival Categories and Line-Up

The Cannes Film Festival’s official line-up is broken into several categories. From films which the jury recognized as exceptional to competing films, Cannes is the center for any film-lover. The main categories are as follows:

  • Competition – Usually 20 films are selected in this category and they are all competing for the Palme d’Or, the grand prize of the festival. This year only 19 films are competing and they include The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, The Sea of Trees by Gus van Sant and the Cate Blanchett starrer Carol.
  • Un Certain Regard – Again 20 films are usually showcased in this category, but this year there will be 19. These films are selected from around Cannes Film Festival
    the world for their originality and experimental techniques. The Filipino film on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Trap and the first ever Ethiopian entrant to the festival Lamb are going to be screened here.
  • Out of Competition – These nine films will not be competing for the awards, but the committee wants them to be recognized anyway. Some of the movies are the animated fantasy based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupery novel The Little Prince, the fourth film in the Australian post-apocalyptic saga Mad Max: Fury Road and the opening film of the festival Standing Tall as it resonates to the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Ice and the Sky a documentary about the first scientist who got concerned about global warming is the closing film of the festival.
  • Special Screening – Seven movies were selected by the committee and these are usually shown in an environment which resonates with the look and feel of the movie. Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, is being screened in this category.
  • Cinefondation – Out of 1,600 submissions, 18 short and medium-length movies were selected for this category. The 14 live-action and 4 animation films were directed and made exclusively by film school students who represent 16 different countries.
  • Short Films – Nine movies out of 4,550 entries are in the running for the Short Film Palme d’Or. These include seven live-action and two animated movies from Asia and Europe with a movie each from South America and Australia.

Honorary Palme d’Or

The Palme d’Or or the Golden Palm is a 24-carat gold palm laid out on a cushion of cut crystal. French director Agnes Varda is a one woman team. The director will be looking forward to the closing ceremony of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where, she will be awarded for her contribution and work. She will become the first woman to get the honor.

You Can Take an UberChopper to the Film Festival

Last year the American cab service had offered a private jet service between Paris and Nice. It did not do so well as commuters had to pay nearly $9,000 per plane which could carry four passengers. For this year’s attendees, seven helicopters have been made available via the Uber smartphone app. The UberChopper service will fly celebrities and other festival goers from the Nice airport to the Cannes Film Festival.

It usually takes an hour to get from the Nice airport to Cannes if the traffic is bad, but why wait. For just $180 for four passengers, people will be chauffeured from the airport to the heliport, take a seven minute helicopter ride and then again sit in a limo to get to the festival.

If nothing else, a helicopter trip over the scenic French Riviera should be enough to look forward to at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The entrance to the festival though, is not open to all. It is by invitation only. For those who were unable to make it to Cannes, Cate Blanchett’s Carol will be released in January 2016 while Mad Max will hit theatres on May 15, 2015.

By Anugya Chitransh


Sky News:Cannes Pays Tribute To Ingrid Bergman

Festival de Cannes: Official Selection 2015 : All the Selection

Time:Uber Launches Helicopter Taxi Service at Cannes Film Festival

Photo of Cannes from Jamie Davies’ Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

Photo of Ingrid Bergman from TV Radio Mirror magazine, February 1961, Vol. 55 No. 3 Courtesy Classic Film’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

Photo of Mad Max poster from Robert S’ Flickr Page – Creative Commons License