The Cannes Film Festival is a great combination of film and fashion, and of course, this year was no exception. With screenings, conferences, interviews, photcalls and worldwide stars as the basis, it forms one of the most glamourous film events of the year. The films fall into a variety of categories, from Cannes Classics, to in and out of competition feature films and Séances Spéciales. This years films included: DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT) BY JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNELUC DARDENNE staring Marion Cotillard. GRACE OF MONACO BY OLIVIER DAHAN staring Nicole Kidman and a screening of the classic JAMAICA INN BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK staring Maureen O’Hara.
This year, Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or award winner for his film “Winter Sleep” which was described as having “all the key components of a fairy-tale, but its magic blows through the film in whispering breaths, raising the hairs on your arms even as you barely notice the air’s movement…This is a beautiful, bold, intently serious film about a failing marriage in a mountaintop hotel on the Anatolian steppe: think The Shining as retold by Chekhov, without the axe and spooks.” by Robbie Collin of The Telegraph
First female Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion told The Guardian “My sense is that Cannes is very interested in new voices in cinema, never mind where it comes from or the sex of it. It’s to do with who funds films in the first place.”
British household name Timothy Spall also made headline at the festival winning best actor for his role in Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic of British artist JMW Turner and said in an interview with BBC News, “Finally though, with Mr Turner, it feels like someone has made me into a leading actor – albeit an ugly one.”
Many awards were given out throughout the duration of the festival including: Grand Prix – The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher (In Competition) and Best Director – Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (In Competition), Un Certain Regard Award – White God by Kornél Mundruczó (Un Certain Regard). First Prize – Skunk by Annie Silverstein (Cinéfondation), Caméra d’Or – Party Girl (Golden Camera) and Short Film Palme d’Or – Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto (Short Film) were amongst some of the winning tittles.