Cannes Film Festival turns 70 this year!! (17th-28th May 2017).
There is an amazing line up of films which have made it to the competition.
More than that there is also lot of exciting stuff for cinema lovers to nibble on.
For starters, We have an Adam Sandler film which has made it to the competition for the Palme d’Or, surprised? don’t be!! The Meyerowitz Stories has Ben Stiller giving him company. This comedy-drama is been written & directed by Noah Baumbach.
Kristen Stewart has turned director! Wait! What….Yes she has!! A special screening is being held for her short film Come Swim. Apparently she has worked for 2 years on this poetic film, which is 17 mins long. Critics have lauded the film, and we c’ant wait to watch it!
When talking about Kristen Stewart, how can Robert Pattinson be far behind? He has a film directed by the Safdie Brothers, which is in the main list. This bank robbery film is scheduled to release in August this year.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos, who won the jury prize last year, for The Lobster is back with The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. It has Colin Farrell in the lead, with Nicole Kidman supporting him. It’s a Psychological thriller.
If you haven’t seen The Lobster yet, you need to put it right on top of your priority list. Leave everything & watch it now!!
What about the Indian films you may ask? We do have a film by a talented director who is still studying in FTII. Its a first of sorts for us. Afternoon Clouds is selected for Cannes Cinefondation. Her 13 min film was shot as a dialogue exercise, and the film is inspired by the director’s own life. This film is directed by Payal Kapadia.
Sangamithra- a trilingual film (Hindi, Telugu & Tamil) unveiled it’s first look Starring Jayam Ravi, Arya & Shruti Hassan in lead roles. Its going to release in 2 parts a la Bahubali. A R Rahman is composing music for the film, and popular director Sundar C is helming the project. This film vows to take Indian cinema to global audiences.
We also had Nandita Das unveiling her directorial venture Manto Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. We also have Aishwarya Rai revisiting an open screening of Devdas.
So there aren’t any Indian films per se which have been selected for the main competition. Afternoon clouds has certainly done us proud.
The icing on the cake this year is definitely Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s virtual reality film titled Flesh & Blood. Whoever has gone to see this 7 minute film in the virtual reality section have just raved about it. It’s apparently been unbelievable for the audiences, who managed to catch a glimpse of this film. They could feel, hear, breathe and be a part of this dramatic film.
You’re virtually present but physically absent.
This is touted to be the future of movie making. This one is definitely going get the filmmakers and audiences excited!
There are 19 films competing for the Palme d’Or. Reputed directors such as Sofia Coppola, Bong Joon -Ho, Jacques Doillon have made it to the list. There are films from different parts of the world, and it would interesting to know, which film will finally win the prestigious award.