The poster solar yellow, from the movie “ Contempt ” Jean-Luc Godard, radiates the pediment of the Palais des Festivals, above the famous steps that will climb twelve days dozens celebrity George Clooney Lea Seydoux, via Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Russell Crowe or Charlize Theron.
And it is Americans Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will have the honor of opening the ball to the projection of the 46th Woody Allen film, “ Cafe Society .”
After “ Hollywood Ending ” in 2002 and “ Midnight in Paris “, in 2001, this is the third time a film the new York filmmaker of 80 years will kick off the largest global gathering of cinema.
Funded by the giant online distribution Amazon, a first for a movie opening in Cannes, “ Cafe Society ” plunges us into a romantic love story in Hollywood and the New York of the 30s
movie stars, gangsters, gamblers, ambitious women or billionaires inhabit this journey through time, allowing Allen to bring Kristen Stewart ( “ Twilight “) in its heroines gallery.
Present on the Croisette, Woody Allen expressed Monday “ not at all jaded ” and “ always happy ” to go to Cannes.
Presented Wednesday by the French actor Laurent Lafitte, the opening ceremony will give way on Thursday to compete with screenings of “ vertical Stay ” the French Alain Guiraudie and “ Sieranevada ” Romanian Cristi Puiu, newcomers in the race for the Palme.
Under the chairmanship of Australian director George Miller (creator of the saga of Mad Max), the jury of eight members – Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, Làszlo Nemes, Vanessa paradise Katayoon Shahabi, Donald Sutherland – mission will be to award May 22 Palme d’or and other awards in the official competition, where 21 films from 14 nationalities were selected.
A number of regulars from the Croisette this year are on the start line, including Spain’s Pedro Almodovar with “ Julieta “, American Jim Jarmusch and the Dardenne brothers.
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Already twice webbed (with “ Rosetta ” in 1999 and “ The Child ” in 2005), the two Belgian filmmakers try to achieve a historic treble with “ the unknown Girl “, with Adèle Haenel.
French side, Olivier Assayas will compete with “ Personal Shopper “, a ghost story in the world of fashion (with Kristen Stewart), Nicole Garcia with “ Evil stone “with Marion Cotillard, and Bruno Dumont with” My Loute , “a burlesque thriller with the generic Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
In addition to Jim Jarmusch, who returns this year to “ Paterson ” with Adam Driver, two other Americans are in the running: Sean Penn, with “ The Last Face “romance on humanitarian action background with Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jeff Nichols with” Loving “, a mixed couple confronted with racism in Virginia in the 50s.
Also on the track, the Dutch director of “ Basic Instinct ” Paul Verhoeven for “ it “, the Dane Nicolas Winding Refn for “ the Neon Demon “with the young Elle Fanning, the British Ken Loach, 79, for” I, Daniel Blake “Andrea Arnold for” American Honey “and another Romanian, Cristian Mungiu for” Bachelor’s . ”
A total of 52 films from 30 countries were selected on the 1869 proposed this year to committees Cannes selections.
Six months after the attacks of Paris, seven weeks after those of Brussels, the festival to be held in maximum security conditions.
The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has promised a “ exceptional mobilization ” face “ higher risk than it has ever been “. The device includes among others several hundred police, a team of deminers, 400 private security guards and even seven lifeguards.
Tens of thousands of moviegoers are expected in Cannes and 36,000 professionals, including 4,500 journalists from around the world.
Fans and tourists have already invested the Croisette, the most addicted of autograph hunters have taken place with stools and folding chairs, facing the entrance of the Palais des Festivals in hopes of a glimpse the smile of George Clooney or Julia Roberts.
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