Cannes 2014: Its Time To Roll Out The Red Carpet

cannes poster mainThe 67th Cannes Film Festival is set to begin in May 2014. David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave Legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

This year at The Cannes Film Festival about forty nine feature length films from twenty eight nations, which include fifteen by women directors, will be shown at the eleven day cinema extravaganza.

The 67th Cannes Film Festival poster features a black and white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them.

Organisers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded line-up for the May 14, 2014 to May 25, 2014 event, including eighteen films vying for the top prize, The Palme d’Or.

Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director General, Thierry Fremaux said.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win The Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan‘s out-of-competition biopic Grace Of Monaco.

In The Palme d’Or chase, David Cronenberg‘s Maps To The Stars takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in The Homesman alongside Hilary Swank and Godard presents his movie Adieu Au Language (Goodbye To Language).

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the nineteen films competing for the Un Certain Regard Prize, presented a day before The Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and Paris, Texas director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes Red Carpet in Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, screening out of competition.

Last year, in a first, The Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for Blue is the Warmest Color along with its director.

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