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The Cannes Film Festival

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Iz ziz de right way up?

Iz ziz de right way up?

We are days away from the start of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.  After a false start before World War Two,  it finally made it’s debut in 1946 amid much ceremony.  It is the second oldest film festival after Venice, which was believed to be rigged by Fascist Italy.  So the French started their own.

The first animated or 3D film to open Cannes

The first animated or 3D film to open Cannes

The big star of this year’s show is The Inglorious Basterds, produced by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt.  The film relates a tale of assasinations of Nazi officers in occupied France.

Quentin Tarantino's film looks set to clear the board

Quentin Tarantino's film looks set to clear the board

Their is a jury drawn from actors, directors and technical crew who pick the winners of the many various prizes.  Among this years Jurers are Isabelle Huppert, Asia Argento and Robin Wright-Penn.


Issabelle Huppert is the President of the Jury

There are fifteen prizes in total.  The most coverted is the Palm d’Or,  or Golden Palm, for which Tarantino is the hot favourite.  Another is the Prix au Certain Regard, awarded for the most audacious works.

Running parallel to Cannes is the Director’s fortnight, which showcases a programme of shorts and feature films as well as documentaries from all over the world.

The French take their festival seriously.  There is a whole page on their website dedicated to just to how you use their logo.

The festival is very popular with journalists, especially papparazzi.  It is a celebrity mecca after all, and a one-stop-shop for film star gossip.

The other thing it is famous for is the ‘Eurotrash’ that turn up like a bad penny.  Leather skin, bouffont hair, skin tight pink dresses, and thats just the men.

So the carnival du Cannes kicks off next week and it will be very intersting to see how it all ends up.  It is a shame I couldn’t get over there myself like a ‘proper’ journalist but maybe one day…

I will keep you posted on how it is all going.

Ciao dahlink!



Written by Nick Gilmartin

May 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm

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