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FESTIVAL: Cannes, from Monaco to Timbuktu

Actors, directors and producers are all getting ready for mounting the steps of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Between 14th and 25th of May, the Seventh Art puts on a show across the world.

From 14th May, designer dresses and branded tuxedos will walk before the photographers from all over the world on the red carpet of Cannes Convention Centre. Although the Festival is known for its celebrities and the sea view Croisette, its prestige is about the selection of films in competition and out of competition, a filmography celebrating the Cinema, the reflection of life.

The much awaited Olivier Dahan’s Grace de Monaco with Nicole Kidman will start the Competition. On the programme, Map to the Star by David Cronenberg; Deux jours, une nuit by the Dardenne brothers with Marion Cotillard; The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones; Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Loach or Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu. Chaired by Jane Campion, the jury, which includes Carole Bouquet, Willem Dafoe, Sofia Coppola and Gael García Bernal, will award one of them the Palme d’Or.

Cinema is private, cinema is passion, cinema is a look at the world. With the aim of promoting this message, this new edition of the Cannes Film Festival stages genders and colours, longs and shorts, favourites and young talents.

Original films, since the choice of the topic, as well as the innovative direction, such as Ryan Gosling’s Lost River and Matthieu Amalric’s La Chambre Bleue are in the running for the Un Certain Regard award. As in every year, young directors are playing with the big boys with Cinéfondation, for on the red carpet, talent is always awarded and never forgotten. Finally, from Marcello Mastroianni at the top of the bill, to Sofia Loren as guest of honour, the giants of the big screen will meet up at Cannes Classique, where cinema will demonstrate its timelessness.

For this world-renowned festival, 108 countries are meeting at the Marché du film. With more than 80 creations broadcasted throughout this tribute to cinema, the audience will travel from Monaco to Timbuktu including Texas.

Translated by S. Muller – (May 2014).

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