Every year, cinephiles wake up early to watch the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 71st Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've thrown a bit of a curveball with an entirely unexpected selection of films playing this year. The selection includes new films from Jafar Panahi (Three Faces), Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Alice Rohrwacher (Lazzaro Felice), Matteo Garrone (Dogman), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), David Robert Mitchell (Under the Silver Lake), along with Jean-Luc Godard, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jia Zhang-Ke, plus Wim Wenders' Pope documentary. And then there's the Star Wars movie, of course, which kind of makes this a very mixed bag. But there's no Suspiria, or Terry Gilliam, or Lars von Trier? And all the Netflix films are gone. It's a shame, this seems like a very light selection so far. Possibly with a few extra additions coming last minute. See the full list below.
We're now less than a month away from the 71 Cannes Film Festival kicking off, so the festival has revealed their official poster art. I have a tradition of always writing about this here, because they always choosing some very appealing, eye-catching art and this year that is for sure the case. The image use in the poster / official art is from Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou, which originally premiered at the Venice and London Film Festivals in 1965. The shot shows Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina kissing across two cars, and it's quite lovely and evocative and eye-catching, indeed. Honestly this art is kind of perfect, at least making it feel attractive again. I'm looking forward to the festival, which kicks off early on Tuesday, May 8th this year. Check out the official poster below and stick around for the official selection reveal this week, too.
50 years ago, one movie changed all movies forever. The first movie premiering at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has been revealed! Cannes has announced they will host the world premiere of an unseen, newly restored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The screening will be introduced by filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who will be attending the Festival de Cannes for the first time. Nolan will also participate in a Cannes Masterclass, set for Sunday, May 13th, in which he'll discuss Kubrick's films in addition to his own. After this event, Warner Bros will re-release the new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey in select US theatres starting on May 18th. The Ultimate Trip.