I'm back again in the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival, and it feels so good. I had to skip last year as I just couldn't afford to make the trip, and I really missed it. So I told myself I'd be back again this year, and here I am. There's just something about this place, a magic in the Mediterranean air that is almost tangible. There's so much history here, but right now I'm here, I'm a part of it. When I was mirroring Roger Ebert's book a few years ago (see "Two Weeks in the South of France" posts from 2014) there is a section where he talks about going out to Francis Ford Coppola's boat after the Apocalypse Now premiere. That's the kind of history that hangs over this festival, but it's actually inspiring and exciting, not overwhelming.
Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 69th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've revealed a fantastic selection of films premiering. For 2016 they've programmed quite a few prominent returning filmmakers along with some exciting newcomers. Steven Spielberg's new adaptation The BFG will premiere Out-of-Competition, along with Shane Black's The Nice Guys and Jodie Foster's Money Monster. In the competition, they're showing new films from Andrea Arnold, the Dardennes Brothers, Xavier Dolan, Jim Jarmusch, Jeff Nichols, Park Chan-wook, Paul Verhoeven, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Full list found below.
Now that spring has arrived, we're just a few months away from the annual Cannes Film Festival taking place in the South of France. For the 69th edition of the film festival, Cannes has chosen imagery from Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt (1963) to be featured on the poster this year. I really like this poster because it's not just an actor/actress this time, it's an actual set piece from a film. "It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of Contempt: 'Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires'." Well that just makes me want to be there already.