EventsTuesday 25 April 2017

70th Cannes Film Festival: official film selection revealed

Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17 to 28 and will be celebrating its 70th anniversary.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17 to 28!

The festival will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. In late March 2017, official poster of the festival was revealed featuring Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

The annual Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world and one of the oldest.

The festival was conceived as far back as 1939, first held after the war in 1946, and since 1952 it has been held annually in May.

Any film from the 12 months before the festival - not participating in other competitions - can take part in the festival.

The process of selecting participating films and winners includes several stages. Earlier, the countries themselves put forward a certain film for the competition. However, recently, a special commission selects films for the festival.

The prestigious "Palm d'Or" award is chosen from films participating in the main competitive program.

Also selected is the best film among short films, in the nomination "A special look" and among the student films Cinefondation. Some films are out of competition.

This year, the main competition allowed 18 films, not counting the opening film.

A full list of selected films can be found here.

The jury of the 70th Cannes International Film Festival will be headed by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu will lead the jury for the Short film and Cinefondation category.

The best debut film will be chosen by a jury headed by French actress Sandrine Kyberlain.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci will be the hostess for the opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the festival.

Ismael's Ghosts, directed by French director Arnaud Desplechin, has been selected as the opening film for the festival
Although Cannes Film Festival is an event for professionals in the film world, everyone can plunge into the festival atmosphere and watch the films outdoor on large screens.

Do not forget that during the time of the festival hotels must be booked in advance.

Deborah Bellotti

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