The aim of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world is to contribute to the development of the cinema and film industry.
The 64th Cannes Festival will take place from May 11th to May 22nd 2011 and the president of the Jury will be the famous actor Robert de Niro. said he is quoted as saying: “The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world,” when he accepted the invitation.
The Film Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen will open the Cannes Festival on May 11th in the Lumière theatre and on the same day the film will be released in 400 cinemas throughout France.
The festival Jury will be welcomed by the French actress Melanie Laurent who will also host the closing ceremony when the prizes and Palme d’or are awarded.
On May 17th, the Festival will organise a special evening in honour of the famous actor Jean-Paul Belmondo who is one of the most appreciated actors of French cinema in the world.
Here is the list of the feature films juries:
Robert DE NIRO, President – Actor, Director / USA
Martina GUSMAN Actress and producer / Argentina
Nansun SHI Producer / Hong Kong – China
Uma THURMAN Actress, scriptwriter, producer / USA
Linn ULLMANN Writer, journalist, literary critic / Norway
Olivier ASSAYAS Director / France
Jude LAW Actor, producer / UK
Mahamat Saleh HAROUN Director / Chad
Johnnie TO Director, producer / Hong Kong – China
Here are the films of the official Selection competition:
Opening Film: Woody ALLEN, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, Out of Comp. 1h35
Pedro ALMODÓVAR, LA PIEL QUE HABITO, (THE SKIN I LIVE IN) 2h
Bertrand BONELLO, L’APOLLONIDE, Souvenirs de la maison close (HOUSE OF TOLERANCE) 2h02
Alain CAVALIER, PATER 1h45
Joseph CEDAR, HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE) 1h45
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN, BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA) 2h30
Jean-Pierre et Luc DARDENNE
LE GAMIN AU VÉLO (THE KID WITH A BIKE) 1h27
Aki KAURISMÄKI, LE HAVRE 1h33
Naomi KAWASE, HANEZU NO TSUKI 1h31
Julia LEIGH, SLEEPING BEAUTY1st film 1h44
MAÏWENN, POLISSE (POLISS) 2h08
Terrence MALICK, THE TREE OF LIFE 2h18
Radu MIHAILEANU, LA SOURCE DES FEMMES (THE SOURCE) 2h15
Takashi MIIKE, ICHIMEI (HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI) 2h06
Nanni MORETTI, HABEMUS PAPAM 1h42
Lynne RAMSAY, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 1h50
Markus SCHLEINZER, MICHAEL 1st film 1h34
Paolo SORRENTINO, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE 1h58
Lars VON TRIER, MELANCHOLIA 2h10
Nicolas WINDING REFN DRIVE 1h40
Creation and history of the Festival:
The first Cannes Festival was to be held in 1939 with Louis Lumière as President of the Jury, however as the World War II broke out then; it was not before September 20th 1946 that the first edition of the Festival de Cannes took place with the presentation of films from 66 different countries. From 1946 (except for 1948 and 1950) the Cannes festival was always held in September but since 1952 the Film Festival always takes place in May.
“The aim of the Festival is to encourage the development of the art of filmmaking in all its forms, while fostering and maintaining a spirit of collaboration among all filmmaking countries” (extract from the Festival policy, 1948.)
Since 1972, the Festival de Cannes is registered as an Association (loi de 1901).
For the first festivals, the films of the selection were chosen by their country of origin but from 1972 it is the festival itself that chooses the films which can enter the competition.
The first President of the Festival was Robert Favre-Le Bret and in 1985 Pierre Viot replaced him until 2000 when Gilles Jacob was elected President by members of the Board of Directors. Gilles Jacob was supported by Veronique Cayla (managing director) and Thierry Frémaux (Artistic Director) until 2005 and in July 2007, Thierry Frémaux became Director General of the Festival…
As the Cannes Festival is a public event, why not plan your holidays or your viewing trip to France now so you can enjoy the 64th Cannes Festival on the Cote D’Azur, and maybe spot a famous face or two.
For more details and information visit the Cannes Festival website: