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The Cannes Film Festival was loaded with must see movies and with excitement as well. The festival has been running for 68 years and seems to still be going strong according to The Huffington Post. France seemed to be the winning country at Cannes with five movies up for awards. The initial film shown was called Le Tete Haute which is also known as Standing Tall in English. The Peach Review stated that many were disappointed by this film especially considering the fact that it was the first one shown. Many felt let down this year just as they felt let disappointed last year with the opening film, Grace of Monaco.
Cannes Film Festival, which ran from May 13-24, featured Joel and Ethan Coen as presidents of the jury. This was the first occasion that two people served as chairs of the jury. The duo was joined by seven additional jurors. Ingrid Bergman, who hailed from Sweden, was honored at this year’s festivities and she was featured on the advertising poster for the event.
Ice and the Sky served as the ending film. According to Yahoo News, both the opening and closing films were selected because of their strength and the important messages they conveyed. The ending film focused on planet Earth’s future while the opening film dealt with a teenage delinquent and those who try to help him. Both films were met with some negativity according to Variety but overall they showed depth and encouraged optimism on some level. Cannes Film Festival while disappointing for some, was still exciting and filled with great movies that people will want to see, the article went on to say.
Cannes revealed ten movies that are being called must see in that the quality is extremely strong and they are moving in their own way. The movie Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, and Rooney Mara tops the list of ten. Dheepan, which is a film by Jacques Audiard, also made the list. Dheepan was said to have an old Hollywood feel in the way that it was directed. The Assassin, which is a martial arts film, had Matteo Garrone serving as director. Garrone, who is Italian, made this film in English and this is his first attempt in that regard. This is also his first attempt at making a fairy-tale style film. The film stars Salma Hayek in one of the lead roles. Some feel that this movie could be a hit while others have their doubts according to Vogue.
The film, The Lobster, made the list at the Cannes Film Festival. This film is also in English and is described as wild. Rachel Weisz stars as does Colin Farrell. Based on filmmaker Joachim Trier’s past successes, many are very anxious to see his new film titled Louder Than Bombs. This film premiered at Cannes and many were excited to see it. Macbeth also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film which stars Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, sparked the attention of many as well according to Vogue. The Sea of Trees was also a hot topic at Cannes. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal person who crosses paths with a Japanese man and the path that they decide to take.
Cannes Film Festival also featured the films Youth and Sicario. Youth stars Michael Caine and Sicario has Emily Blunt leading the cast. Vogue described both films as gripping and even dazzling in their own way. The list of ten movies that were featured at the event have all been described as must see films. The article went on to say that they are all unique in their own way and have potential to be successful.
Cannes Film Festival was definitely loaded with excitement and movies that everyone should see, the article went on. There were some disappointments and some moments that confused people and had them scratching their heads in wonder. For the most part, the event was exciting as mentioned by Variety and revealed to the public some top notch movies that should be seen by all at some point.
By Heather Granruth
Variety: Cannes: Opening Night Film ‘Standing Tall’ Bought by Cohen Media
Yahoo News: 2015 Cannes Film Festival Recap: Reviews of Key Films
The Huffington Post: Here Are All The Winners Of This Year’s Cannes Film Festival
Vogue: Cannes 2015: 10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Festival
The Peach Review: 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival
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