Today’s topic is Cannes 2015, and I bet that you (yes, you with a very intelectual atittude reading this article) are completely crazy about deep and historical movies.
Cannes Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which it’s main goal is to really present new films anf of all genres, including documentaries (most of the, timeless) from around the world.
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The Palm D’Or, the prize for the best films in Cannes, began in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world, for many reasons actually. One of them is, of course the heavy names that normaly are associated to each film – from actors to directors.
Cannes film festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the moment surrounding this show is always marvellous.
AMY – Director: Asif Kapadia
Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse, simply titled Amy, has already found itself at the centre of some controversy.
Made with the assistance of the Winehouse family using old tapes and footage of the singer, who died in 2011 aged 27, Winehouse’s father Mitch has now distanced himself from the film, suggesting its is misleading.
CAROL – Director: Todd Haynes
Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is set in 1950s New York, and tells the story of a young female department-store clerk who falls for an older, married woman.
Irrational Man. Director: Woody Allen
Cannes loves an auteur and it loves Woody Allen. His new film Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone as a philosophy professor in an existential crisis and a student who gives him a new lease of life.
The Lobster. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has already tasted success with his dark drama Dogtooth which won the prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 festival. His new film The Lobster is in competition for the main prize this year.
Macbeth. Director: Justin Kurzel
This is Michael Fassbender’s take on Shakespeare’s doomed Scottish King, co-starring Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine.The film is directed by Australian director Justin Kurzel, best known for his 2011 film Snowtown – based on a series of real life murderers.
Mad Max: Fury Road. Director: George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road is George Miller’s own reboot of his original Mad Max trilogy, the film which helped make a global star out of Mel Gibson.
The Sea of Trees. Director: Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant’s elegiac The Sea of Trees sees Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as an American who travels to the “Suicide Forest” at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan to kill himself. There, he encounters the equally suicidal Ken Watanabe.
A Tale of Love and Darkness. Director: Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman is making her Cannes debut as a director with A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Yakuza Apocalypse. Director: Takashi Miike
Many critics were left wanting by Miike’s 2013 film Straw Shield, which was screened in competition in 2013. His latest film Yakuza Apocalypse is a tale of vengeance pitting a Japanese gangster against his vampire boss.
Youth. Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Sorrentino’s heart-breakingly beautiful film The Great Beauty, set in the modern decadence of Rome, was acclaimed when it premiered at Cannes in 2013. It went on to win the Oscar for best foreign language film.
Completely seduced by these history? So, go and see them!