CANNES. The most fashionable film festival in the world. The air and style that surrounds this festival in particular is grace, beauty, luxury. Elegant but not pretentious (unlike most French stereotypes). It accomplishes this through its Official Selection (list of movie screenings) too. You'll find that at other festivals there may be 100+ films, however for 2011 Cannes only hosts 74 feature-length films (20 In Competition) and 9 Shorts Films.
Cannes definitely has many layers of prestige and glory. The red carpet, the actors, directors. It truly is formalism at its best. Among the many brilliant actors in attendance are a host of well-known directors: Pedro Almódovar, Lars Von Trier, Terrence Malick, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen, and Judie Foster with her directorial debut (The Beaver). And even though I won't go through every film I would love to see, I will share a few: festival opener Midnight in Paris, Restless, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sleeping Beauty, The Tree of Life, Melancholia, La piel que habito, and Hearat Shulayim. It is a shame that most foreign films remain nameless and quite unknown because they always deliver: in tone, style, and quality. Which is a rare form especially in a time of unsatisfying and heartless moneymakers.
Here is the link to the list of all films being screened at Cannes this year. Definitely browse other parts of the site to learn about some "Cannes Classics", the 2011 jury, the history of the festival, and other organizations and productions with whom the festival partners.
It is only Day 4 of the festival. Stay updated until the very last minute on Closing Day: May 22nd, 2011.
What movies do you think will win this year??
Such a classy festival calls for a classy coffee drink.
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 cup strong black coffee, regular or decaf
- 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pints coffee flavor ice cream
- Whipped cream in spray canister, garnish
- Chocolate shavings, garnish