Cannes Film Festival Roundup

Posted on: June 04, 2013 by Nettel Media

Category: General

Cannes Film Festival Roundup

The world renound Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 66th year this May. Drawing international acclaim and crowds, this year’s jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, awarded films from not just North America but also from Asia and Europe. Included in the jury were actors Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Auteuil and Vidya Balan, as well as directors Ang Lee, Christian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay and Naomi Kawase.


Although already released in the United States and United Kingdom, the Great Gatsby kicked off the festival to mixed reviews.  Also receiving mixed reviews was one of the festivals most anticipated films, Only God Forgives, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). This dark and ultra-violent film chronicles a drug dealer who is looking to avenge his brother’s death in Thailand Reportedly many walked out of this performance.


Taking home the Palme d’Or (Best Film) was La Vie d-Adele (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) from France. This explicit drama details a French teenage girl’s love affair with another woman, and made history by being the first gay romantic drama to be presented an award at the Festival. In addition, the film also made history when Spielberg recognized three individuals for the award, instead of one: director Abdellatif Kechiche as well as leading actresses Adele Exarchopolous and Lea Seydoux.


The Coen brother’s musical comedy Inside Llewyn Davis took home the Grand Prix. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, explores the early 60’s folk music scene in Greenwich Village.


It wasn’t just premieres and new releases that were celebrated at Cannes this year. A 3D version of The Last Emperor (1987) was screened, as well as a 70mm restored version of Cleopatra (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  Cleopatra was not the only restored gem that was brought to the festival as Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels that were worn during the film were worn and walked down the red carpet by North American actress Jessica Chastain.


Robert Redford returned to the big screen at Cannes at age 76 in his new film All Is Lost. The film, which is almost completely free of dialogue, chronicles a sailor stranded at sea. At the conclusion of the screening, the film reportedly received a 9-minute ovation, leading many critics to suggest that Redford may be an Oscar nominee at next year’s Academy Awards.


Other award winners included Soshite Chichi Ni Naru, directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu (Japan) which took the Jury Prize, and Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen (Singapore) took the Debut Film (Camera d’Or). Best Screenplay went to A Touch of Sin (Tian Zhu Ding), directed by Jia Zhangke (China) and the short Film award went to Safe, by Moon Byoung-Gon (South Korea).


At Nettel Media, we have a strong appreciation for professional filmmaking, including international films. In fact, a year ago we began work on another documentary. Filmed in Uganda, this documentary follows the work of the organizations H2O 4 All in partnership with Save the Mothers to provide clean water for a maternity ward in a local hospital there.  Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information this and other projects. 

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