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Cannes Film Festival

What’s It All About?

In its 69th edition, the Cannes Film Festival has arguably become the most prestigious film festival in the world. Created in 1946 on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival, the festival is known for illuminating some of the best cinema, ensuring a line-up of ethnically diverse directors from across the world.

The 69th edition will have Australian director, screenwriter and producer, George Miller presiding over the jury for its prestigious Palme d’or Award. The award ceremony will take place during the closing ceremony of the festival.

Indian Connect

This year, Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui will premiere at the festival. Showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, the film is based on the notorious serial killer Raman Raghav in Mumbai in the mid-1960s. The title role is played by Siddiqui, while Vicky Kaushal is a policeman in the film. Earlier, Kashyap had showcased his film Ugly and his two-part crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur in the festival’s sidebar.

Watch Out For!

OPENING NIGHT

Café Society

Director Woody Allen’s Café Society is an American romantic comedy-drama. The film revolves around a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s, hoping to work in the industry and eventually falls in love. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Paul Schneider, Anna Camp and Judy Davis.

IN COMPETITION

Julieta

American Honey

It’s Only the End of the World

Aquarius

Mal de Pierres

I, Daniel Blake

Ma’ Rosa

Bacalaureat

Loving

The Handmaid

OUT OF COMPETITION

The BFG

Money Monster

The Nice Guys

Goksun

L’Ultima Spaggia

Un Certain Regard

Varoonegi

Apprentice

Voir du Pays

La Danseuse

Eshtebak

La Tortue Rogue

Fuchi Ni Tatsu

Omor Shakhsiya

Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvoat

After the Storm

The Man who Smiled

La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis

Caini

Pericle Il Nero

The Transfiguration

Captain Fantastic

Uchenik

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

Gimme Danger

The Train to Bu-San

CRITICS’ WEEK

Opening Film: In Bed With Victoria

Competition: Albüm,Diamond Island, Raw, Mimosas, One Week and a Day, Tramontane, A Yellow Bird

Special Screenings: Los Pasos Del Agua, From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer, Happy Times Will Come Soon, Apnée

Closing films: Smile, Kitty, En Moi

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

The Death of Louis XIV

Hissène Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne

Le Cancre

Exile

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Opening Film: Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio)

Divines (Houda Benyamina)

Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky)

Fiore (Claudio Giovannesi)

L’Économie du couple (Joachim Lafosse)

L’Effet aquatique (Sólveig Anspach)

Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì)

Les Vies de Thérèse (Sébastien Lifshitz)

My Life As A Courgette (Claude Barras)

Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando)

Mercenaire (Sacha Wolff)

Neruda (Pablo Larraín)

Raman Raghav 2.0 (Anurag Kashyap)

Closing Film: Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader)

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