Honorary Palme d’Or for Jodie Foster

The director, actress and American producer, Jodie Foster, will be the guest of honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday 6 July. Foster will also receive the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or in recognition of her “brilliant artistic journey, and a unique personality with a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time.” She follows in the footsteps of Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.

“Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much, it has completely changed my life,” says Foster. “Although I had already directed before, my first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me. Showcasing one of my films here has always been a dream of mine. In fact, I have had several opportunities to fulfil my dream. Cannes is a film festival by auteur-filmakers who honour artists. And I greatly appreciate that.”

In May 1976, at only 13 years of age, Foster climbed the stairs at the Palais Croisette for the screening of “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese, and left with a Palme d’or. Since 1976 she has split her time between acting and directing, and has received Oscars for “The Accused” in 1989 and “The Silence of the Lamb” in 1992.

A trusted friend of Festival de Cannes – seven of Foster’s films have been showcased at the festival. “Jodie never ceases to reinvent herself,” says General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux. “She questions with her piercing gaze, learns from others, and is willing to step back from her beliefs in order to forge new morals. Do what is fair. An idea that she strives to convey in the decisions she makes as an actress and director, and which makes her so precious during our confusing times. We will honour her with warmth and admiration!”

“Another Round” from Cannes 2020 wins the Oscar

Congratulations to Thomas Vinterberg and Denmark on winning the Oscar for best international feature film for “Another Round”.

Originally intended to premiere at Festival de Cannes in 2020, the film was part of the festival’s Official Selection 2020.

“Another Round” is Denmark’s fourth win in the category and was the thirteenth nomination for the country at the Academy awards. Previously Denmark won back-to-back Oscars for “Babette’s Feast” (1987) and “Pelle the Conqueror” (1988), and won again for “In a Better World (2010)”. Other nominations were for Qivitoq (1956), Paw (1959), Harry and the Butler (1961), Waltzing Regitze (1989), After the Wedding (2006), A Royal Affair (2012), The Hunt (2013), A War (2015) and Land of Mine (2016).

Leos Carax’s “Annette” to open 74th Cannes

Nine years after Holy Motors premiered in competition, Leos Carax will unveil Annette, his new feature and first in English, when it opens the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, 6 July.

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, Annette tells the story of Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor and Ann, a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamourous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl, will change their lives.

Produced by Charles Gillibert, Annette, the director’s sixth feature, is based on Carax’s original idea, stars Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg and features a soundtrack by Sparks. Following its Cannes premiere it will be released in French cinemas.

“Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one delivers on its promises! Annette is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture were hoping for, one that we have been yearning for during the past year,” says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes.

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendor”, concludes Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. “Carax’ cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity.”

European Film Awards 2014

idaMore than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for the European Film Awards for 2014. At the awards ceremony in Riga on 13 December the following awards were presented:

EUROPEAN FILM 2014
IDA
DIRECTED BY: Paweł Pawlikowski
WRITTEN BY: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
PRODUCED BY: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł & Ewa Puszczyńska

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2014
THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER (LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE) by Pierfrancesco Diliberto

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
THE TRIBE (PLEMYA) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2014
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Marc Bauder

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2014
THE ART OF HAPPINESS (L’ARTE DELLA FELICITÁ) by Alessandro Rak

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2014
THE CHICKEN by Una Gunjak

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski for IDA

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2014
Marion Cotillard in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT)

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2014
Timothy Spall in MR. TURNER

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz for IDA

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER 2014 – Prix CARLO DI PALMA
Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski for IDA

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2014
Justine Wright for LOCKE

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2014
Claus-Rudolf Amler for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER 2014
Natascha Curtius-Noss for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2014
Mica Levi for UNDER THE SKIN

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER 2014
Joakim Sundström for STARRED UP

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2014
Agnès Varda

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2014
Steve McQueen

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2014 – Prix EURIMAGES
Ed Guiney

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2014 for Best European Film
IDA by Paweł Pawlikowski

What are the (Cannes) odds?

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Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power, has installed (as of 8 May) the Turkish film Kis Uykusu (Winter Sleep) as its 5/1 favourite for the 2014 Palme D’O’r.

Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner is the shortest priced British film lying second in the betting at 7/1 ahead of other frontrunners such as Futatsume No Mado at 8/1 and Maps To The Stars at 9/1.

Palme D’Or Winner Odds
5/1     Kis Uykusu
7/1     Mr Turner
8/1     Futatsume no Mado
9/1     Maps To The Stars
10/1    Jimmy’s Hall
12/1    The Search
12/1    Leviathan
14/1    Deux Jours, Une Nuit
14/1    Adieu au Language
16/1    Foxcatcher
16/1    The Homesman
16/1    Sils Maria
16/1    Timbuktu
18/1    Mommy
20/1    Le Meravigle
25/1    The Captive
33/1    Saint Laurent
33/1    Relatos Salvajes

Cannes Poster 2014

30x18-Cannes2014Festival de Cannes has released two versions of this year’s poster. A stylish image of Marcello Mastroianni from Federico Fellini’s “8½’ which screened in Cannes in 1963.

The poster is the work of Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier.

On being shown the posters for the 67th Festival de Cannes, Chiara Mastroianni, Marcello’s daughter, said: “I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It’s really him through and through!”

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Grace of Monaco to open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Grace PosterFrench director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco is to open the next Festival de Cannes. The world premiere will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. Grace of Monaco follows on from The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann.

The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, Grace of Monaco sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier. Their co-stars include Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Sir Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega, who plays Maria Callas.

Born in 1967 in La Ciotat, Olivier Dahan previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007) which garnered Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008. Grace of Monaco will be released on the opening day of the Festival, Wednesday 14 May, in France and in several cities around the world. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, by Canal+.

GRACE OF MONACO