One of the most prestigious events of the year, the 72nd Cannes Film Festival officially has started from May 14-25, 2019. It is annually held at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France, to present movie premieres, awards, and various charity event by the brand partners such as Chopard, Kering, and L’Oréal group. This year’s juries are led by Oscar-winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, as the President, with fellow juries Actress Elle Fanning, Italian film Director, Editor, and Screenwriter Alice Rohrwacher, Director, Script Writer and Monteuse, Kelly Reichardt, Director Enki Bilal, Director and Script Writer David Campillo, Director, Script Writer, and Producer Yorgos Lanthimos, Director and Script Writer Pawel Pawlikowski, and Senegalese Actress Maimouna N’Diaye.
Actress Elle Fanning has just made history in Cannes 2019 – she is the youngest jury member at Cannes Film Festival history. The 21-year-old started her acting career when she was only 2-year-old, playing a role in I Am Sam. Ever since she has starred in (soon to be) 60 projects! “I feel proud to represent a young voice,” she says.
Meanwhile, The President Jury Iñárritu made his welcoming remarks about Cannes 2019 by saying, “Stories and ideas can change lives. This communal experience is beautiful.” Approximately 19 movies are competing for the Palm d’Or.
THE OPENING NIGHT’S MOVIE PREMIERE
The first movie premiere on May 14, 2019, was The Dead Don’t Die, directed by American Director Jim Jarmusch. The casts of the movie are A-list celebrities, including Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton who plays as a Scottish Samurai warrior, and Adam Driver and Bill Murray as two cops serving and protecting the cosy little town of Centerville, trying to figure what is going on as the zombie hordes descend. Interesting, right? Well you have to wait to see it, because it will be released to the public in the States on June 14.
A TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA
The world of art and movies are still mourning from the passing of Belgian French Film Director Agnès Varda. One of the most honourable people in the French cinema passed away on March 29, 2019. She was a former member of the Cannes Jury in 2005 and received Honorary Palme d’Or, a.k.a Golden Palm in 2015. Cannes pays homage to Director Varda by having a director’s chair with her initials “A. Varda” inside the Palais.
MOST AWAITED MOVIES
One of the highlighted premieres is the nominated movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, directed by none other than American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. It tells a story about a faded television actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969, Los Angeles.
Another most-awaited movie premiere but failed to join the other nominees is Elton John’s biopic movie, Rocketman. British Actor Taron Egerton will play the legendary singer’s character. So which movies are you looking forward to see first? Be prepared for more thrilling updates this week from Cannes!
The List of Movies Nominees at Festival de Cannes 2019 from The Guardian:
Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) – opening film
Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo (dir: Abdellatif Kechiche)
Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (dir: Quentin Tarantino)
Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)