The 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival was first held in 1946 although it wasn’t called like this until 2002 when they gave up on the initial name of International Film Festival. This year it’s the 70th edition of the festival and it’s held on 17-28 May in Cannes, France. Don’t hold your breath until the winners are announced. Do something fun instead.

However, this is a non-public festival attended by those who receive an invitation, mostly movie stars, film producers and other big names in the industry. This annual event gains massive media exposure and the movies that receive a nomination become known all over the world.

The winners are chosen by a jury comprised of international artists who are respected among their peers. The Palme d’Or, literally translated as the Golden Palm, is the most prestigious award offered at this festival, followed by the Grand Prix. There are dedicated prizes for best actress, best actor, best director and best screen play. Short movies are assessed separately and so are documentaries and student films.

Palme d’Or 2017 Competitors

In April, the 19 nominations for the Palme d’Or award were made public. Here are the competitors:

  • The Beguiled – an adaptation of Thomas Culllinan’s 1966 novel with famous actors like Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst
  • You Were Never Really Here – an adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel starring Joaquin Phoenix and Allessandro Nivola
  • Wonderstruck – an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams
  • Good Time – a crime drama about a bank robber, starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkjad Abdi
  • Happy End – a French drama set in Calais on the background of the European refugee crisis
  • The Meyerowitz Stories – one of the first-ever Netflix films to be nominated at Cannes. Major stars include Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller.
  • In the Fade – a German-language movie starring Diane Kruger in the role of a woman who loses her family in a bomb attack
  • Okja – a Netflix title that features a sci-fi story centered on a girl who wants to prevent her friend, a hairy creature, from being captured.
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – a psychological revenge thriller with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman
  • The Double Lover – a French erotic thriller about a woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst
  • A Gentle Creature – a Russian narrative inspired by a Dostoyevsky short story
  • Redoubtable – a movie about a French director falling in love with a 17-year old actress
  • Loveless – a drama from the Russian director of the famous Leviathan 2014 movie
  • Radiance – a Japanese film about a passionate writer and an older photographer
  • The Day After – a Korean movie starring Min-hee Kim and Hae-hyo Jwon
  • 120 Battements par Minute (120 beats per minute) – a French drama set in the 1990s, Paris
  • Rodin – a movie about a revolutionary French sculptor
  • The Square – a film centered on a contemporary art museum curator
  • Jupiter’s Moon – a movie about an illegal refugee who discovers he can levitate.

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