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One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Festival de Cannes, just announced its lineup for May. The film festival will run from May 15th to the 26th, and will feature films from around the world. Since it is nearly two weeks long, there is sure to a lot of obvious highlights but there are come obvious standouts already.
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D reimagining of the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic has been getting plenty of buzz, and now the potential summer hit will lead the way for this year’s festival. The Great Gatsby breaks tradition with Cannes as it is the first film to open the festival that is not receiving its world premiere.
The film will open in the US on May 10th, and then premiere at Cannes on the 15th. Typically the films that open Cannes are well-recieved, yet this film has the potential to polarize 21st century viewers and literary fans.
Soderbergh burst into the film world at Cannes in 1989 with his breakthrough film, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and even received the Palme d’Or triumph. Behind the Candelabra will be his last film, as he chooses to focus on his new passion of painting. The film will star Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover. Soderbergh will have his film compete in the Palme d’Or triumph competition.
This will mark Carey Mulligan’s second performance to show at Cannes this year, the first being The Great Gatsby. Inside Llewyn Davis focuses on the folk music scene of the ’60s. This time period is one that the pair of writers/directors should have fun with. Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also star in the film.
The Americans are getting a lot of attention, but Cannes is in France so there has to be a notable French-language film to commemorate. The director of The Pianist will take the Broadway play, Venus in Fur, and bring it to the bring screen with French actors, Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.
The film about fame-obsessed teen thieves in L.A. gets a Cannes premiere, but, unlike Coppola’s previous films, it will screen out of competition. Coppola’s Marie Antoinette premiered at Cannes but was met with a standing ovation as well as boos. Where The Bling Ring stands remains to be seen, but the teaser trailer has many people talking.
Although most of us will be unable to make it to the south of France for the festival de Cannes, we can anxiously await to see which films please, and which films will be forgotten amidst the variety of talent. For a full list of the lineup, visit the Cannes website here.
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