The “Queen Bee” of film festivals is upon us, and the events at Cannes this year are just as grand as the festival itself.
With Isabella Rosellini acting as president of the Un Certain Regard jury, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 13-24, paves the way to the long anticipated tribute in honor of legendary actress Ingrid Bergman. According to the Cannes Film Festival press release, Rosellini will collaborate in the much deserved tribute to her mother with her presence at the screening of the documentary on her life “Ingrid Bergman: in Her Own Words” directed by Stig Bjorkman.
Additionally, the official selection was revealed in the press conference on April 16th in Paris. The festival will open in competition with a film by Emmanuelle Bercot “La Tete Haute” (Standing Tall), the only film directed by a woman to open the festival since 1987. Other selections include Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth”, Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea Of Trees”, and Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario”.
In the Un Certain Regard category, films like Roberto Minervini’s “The Other Side”, David Pablo’s “Las Elegidas” (The Chosen Ones), and Kurosawa Kijoshi’s “Kishibe No Tabi” (Journey To The Shore), promise to be a few of the many selections that will present a challenge for the jury regarding who will take the prize. In 2014, the award went to Kornel Mundruczo’s “White God” a Hungarian film about Hagen, a mixed-breed dog abandoned by his owners, who becomes leader of the pack for a group of canine followers in a slow rise against their human oppressors.
Some of the films scheduled to be screened Out Of Competition, are surely to present interesting possibilities for audience and jury. The expected new rendition of the Mad Max franchise “Mad Max: Fury Road” directed by George Miller will be released for the first time as will Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince”, the most recent adaptation of the famed story by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” a film about a philosophy professor experiencing an existential crisis who will be forced to put things in perspective when he becomes involved with a student. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, it will also be presented out of competition.
Actress Natalie Portman will present her directorial debut at Cannes with her film “Sipur Al Ahava Ve Choshech” (A Tale Of Love And Darkness), along with other directors who will debut their first films under the “Special Screenings” category.
For a look at the films competing in the Short and Cinefondation categories, click here: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/61305.html
The 2015 selection is anything if not a compound of promising films that will most certainly satisfy the tastes of the demanding Cannes audience. The only downside, is the time that the rest of the world will have to wait to see these films in their theatrical release.
Source: Cannes Film Festival Official Site