There are thousands of film festivals around the world, but none of them are Cannes. This year’s festival, which will show from 11 to 22 May, will be once again the international film festival of the year.
Each year, the cinematic royalty from around the world arrives in Cannes, France, to see new movies, to show everyone how lovely they are, and to be seen by adoring fans from around the world. 2016 will be the 69th year of this amazing affair. Each year, the stars and over 35,000 film professionals and 4,000 journalists will be on hand to share the festivities.
On the 14th of April, the festival organizers will host a press conference that will list the films that will be showing at this year’s festival.
In 2015, the festival’s poster, an annual collector’s item, featured the extraordinary Ingrid Bergman. The Presidents of the Jury were the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan. It was the first time that two people were the chairpersons of the jury. The Palme d’Or was awarded to the French film, Dheepan. The film tells the story of a Tamil fighter from Sri Lanka, who hides in France and finds work as a caretaker. Winning the Palme d’Or is among the highest honors a film can win. Many would argue that it is more important even than a Best Picture Oscar because of the significant international nature of Cannes versus the largely American-focused Academy Awards. Also in 2015, films from France, Italy, the United States, Taiwan, and the UK, among many other nations. The opening film, Standing Tall, directed by Emanuelle Bercot, was only the second film directed by a woman to open the festival. It deals with themes created by the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Ice and Sky, directed by Luc Jacquet, dealt with issues of the planet’s future, closed the festival. Each year, the opening and closing films are chosen for their message, creativity, and value to the art of film. We can expect that 2016 will be no different.
On 14 April, we will get a glimpse of the films that will show on the screens of this year’s festival. While the whole world will be talking about who attended (and what they wore), film buffs around the globe will be waiting with bated breath to have a chance to see what is guaranteed to be the finest films that some of the most talented people in the business are creating.
There is not a single film that will be shown this year or has been shown in the previous 68 years that a true film lover shouldn’t own and watch repeatedly.