Cannes International Film Festival 2014

This is one event I absolutely adore since I first encountered it in 2006, and I wish I could go this year in any capacity.

I am officially boycotting the validity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (a.k.a Oscars) because I cannot fathom why you could afford someone a golden statue for one good role, and disregard/snub the necessity of showering accolades on someone with a lifetime of incredible roles. The Academy disregard the very principles that make the very foundation of their brand.This year was the last year I’ll ever pay heed to the award show because that Leonardo DiCaprio snub made me lose my sh*t, which I’m still fuming about. 

The 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival is the epitome of hoity toity cinematic revelry, taking place from the 14th-24th May 2014. The location is the decadent wonder of France – Cannes, which is sort of like Monaco with an indie cool element.

The Film Festival’s premise is to acknowledge good filmmaking – from the casting,locations,to the scripts and productions in their entirety. They also believe in celebrating talent, promoting awareness of world issues, promoting branding and broadening the extent of global conglomerates reach on a platform readily recognized and afforded respect. The Cannes International Film Festival is affiliated with Cannes Lions. The Cannes Lions brand is focused on the cultivation of potential folks interests in facets of world cinema. I’ve been working on building a repertoire with one of its organizers, and it’s been fun. South Africa has had numerous movies submitted and premiered at the festival, under Cannes Lions, and while they may not be large quantities annually submitted, we have been bookmarked as a cesspool of raw material waiting to be utilized.

Anyway, the 2014 program for the festival is out. More than 1800 movies were submitted for review, 50 films were selected, and 18 of which will be in the main competition.

Opening night film:

“Grace of Monaco” – Director: Olivier Dahan

Nicole Kidman (Grace Kelly) and Tim Roth (Prince Rainier)

“Adieu au Langage” (Goodbye to Language) – Director: Jean-Luc Godard

“The Captive” – Director: Atom Egoyan

“Clouds of Sils Maria” – Director: Olivier Assayas

“Duex Jours, One Night” (Two Days, One Night) – Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

“Foxcatcher” – Director: Bennett Miller

“Futatsume no Mado” – Director: Naomi Kawase

“The Homesman” – Director: Tommy Lee Jones

“Jimmy’s Hall” – Director: Ken Loach

“Kış Uykusu” (Winter Sleep) – Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders) – Director: Alice Rohrwacher

“Leviafan” – Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

“Mommy” – Director: Xavier Dolan

“Mr Turner” – Director: Mike Leigh

“Relatos Salvajes” (Wild Stories) – Director: Damian Szifron

“Saint Laurent” – Director: Bertrand Bonello

“The Search” -Director: Michel Hazanavicius

“Timbuktu” – Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

The president of the 2014 Palme d’Or jury is New Zealand-born formidable cinematic authority Jane Campion who gave me, and the world but you guys just aren’t as important as me, “The Piano”.

The Master of Ceremonies for this years Cannes Film Fest will be the 55 year old French guy from the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movie whose character programmed an orgasm into a cake because how awesome was that?! Anyway, he goes by the name Lambert Wilson and he’ll be lording over the opening and closing ceremonies.

This year the jury president for the short film and Cinefondation is Abbas Klarostami(Iran).

Accompanying jury members and directors include:  Joachim Trier(Norway), Daniela Thomas(Brazil), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun(Chad),Noemie Lvovsky(France).

For the Un Certain Regard, the Argentinean producer/director/scrptwriter Pablo Trapero will be this years president of the Jury. In 1978, the Un Certain Regard unit was established as a non-competition category, whose primary focus is on the works of new filmmakers globally.

For those in the region who cant afford the tickets, or those with no press passes, there are options. The Plage Mace is a free and open-air cinema that will be showing classic films. 

The Cannes Cinephiles is a free tent mounted on the Pantiero showing films from 09:00am-05:30pm. One can pop into the venue or the Cannes Tourist office for free tickets. Tickets to be paid for are those that are for the Directors Fortnight, whose headquarters are outside Malmaison. They are available from Croisette Theatre(JW Marriott Hotel) or through Cinephiles with prices from  €7 for one show –  €30 for 6 showings.


…. Are you guys as amped as me for this fest? Stay tuned for more info.


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