Cannes Film Festival Preview
By Lauren Brady
Met Film School students (on our BA (Hons) Practical FIlmmaking course) are off to Cannes! We’re getting into the festival spirit by summing up the films which are hoping to take Cannes by storm this year and capture the imagination of film fans across the globe. Eighteen films will compete for the Palme d’Or prize awarded by a majority female jury headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, the only woman ever to receive the top Cannes award for her 1993 film “The Piano.” Another 20 films are in the “Un Certain Regard” strand, plus dozens more in the “Directors’ Fortnight,” the “Critics’ Week” and other festival showcases. So what films are we excited about during the festival? We list our highlights here:
Grace of Monaco
Screening out of competition, this feature (the producers are adamant that this is not a biopic- more of a fiction piece) tells the Cinderella story of actress and Hollywood darling Grace Kelly (played by our modern day starlet, Nicole Kidman) becoming Princess of Monaco when she marries Prince Rainer III. The film centres around the dramatic intensity of the political dispute between the prince (played by Tim Roth) and France’s Charles De Gaulle, with a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. Cinematography fans will be spellbound by the richness of the location-shooting in the film, and fun cameos from “Hitchcock” will keep film buffs happy. It has, however, already sparked controversy, with the film being denounced as a ‘Farce’ by the late princess’s children. Watch the trailer here.
Maps to the Stars
Cannes is “insane, very intense and fun,” said Canadian director David Cronenberg, a Cannes regular whose “Maps to the Stars” starring “Twilight” teen vampire series idol Robert Pattinson as a Hollywood wannabe is in competition. With Cronenberg at the helm, expect a complex and disturbingly raw look at an archetypical Hollywood dynasty. Catch the trailer here.
British director Mike Leigh, a past winner of the Palme d’Or, offers up his latest film “Mr Turner” which is based on the life of the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Leigh has stated that screening a film at Cannes is “a great experience,” and this film, starring the great British powerhouse that is Timothy Spall (star of Leigh’s classic ‘Secret’s and lies’) is sure to do well.
“The Search” by French director Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) is set in war-torn Chechnya. Annette Bening and The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo star in Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius‘ drama who also penned the screenplay. The Search is the story of an NGO worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya, and looks set to be an intelligent and daring piece of cinema.
Stay tuned for more live-action from our students at the festival this year! Follow our blog for updates.