Cannes Film Festival 2012

cannes film festival 2012The 65th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) runs from 16th – 27th May 2012. Cannes is a glamorous and trendy resort on the Côte d’Azur, France. The annual Cannes Film Festival is a local film festival and one of the biggest and most prestigious showcases of the world’s best film-making.

Did you know that there are seven competitions involved in the Cannes Film Festival? The films shown include major blockbusters, foreign language films, directorial debuts as well as low-budget projects.

An array of famous directors will be showing their recent work during the festival including, Austrian Director Michael Haneke (Caché (Hidden), La Pianiste) and Ken Loach (Looking for Eric).

Most of the world’s attention turns to the films within the ‘In Competition’ event. This is the Festival’s main event where the most prestigious award, The Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) is given for the Best Picture.

Some of the biggest films have been the ones found in the ‘Out of Competition’ category. Films shown in this category generally do not fit into any other section of the festival and are typically special events or films that the Festival feels deserve the honour of being screened at Cannes. Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ was in this category last year as was a film by acclaimed American actress, Jodie Foster called ‘The Beaver’.

Foreign Language Films at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival makes a distinct effort to recognise and award foreign language films and make them more accessible to the world’s viewing public. The President of the jury this year is Nanni Moretti (Italian Director) with others on the Jury including Fashion Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, German Actress, Diane Kruger and Scottish Actor, Ewan McGregor.

This year, the Official Selection comprises 22 foreign language films from various countries including France, Mexico, Ukraine, USA and Romania.

There are also opportunities for new foreign films to make the headlines. The ‘Courts Metrages’ event features films from around the globe, while young directors can make their mark in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ competition. The ‘Cinefondation’ selection presents short and medium-length films that have been selected by the Festival from film schools around the world. La Quinzaine des Realisateurs (The Directors Fortnight) was created in 1968 during the strikes that closed down the festival that year. Its intention was to open up the Cannes Festival to unknown filmmakers and national cinemas. This section of the competitions usually has around 18 foreign films which include countries such as Iran, France, Spain and some Latin American countries. It has some of the best that the world cinema has to offer.

And the winner is … Director Michael Haneke (who previously directed Caché (Hidden), La Pianiste) for his film ‘Amour’ (Love). Haneke won the Palme d’Or whilst the Grand Prix went to Matteo Gorrone for his film called ‘Reality’.

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