At the end of the last week, Paris hosted the usual press conference which announces the lists included in the schedule of the Cannes International Film Festival, who reached the 70th edition, held between May 17 and 28, 2017. As usually, the discussions were held by Mr. Pierre LESCURE, the President of the festival, and the all-knowing, the energetic and efficient Thierry FREMAUX, General Delegate.
Having Pedro Almodovar in the head of the conclave granting Palme d`Or, or Cristian Mungiu leading the jury for short films and Cinéfondation productions, and Sandrine Kiberlain for Caméra d`Or, the festival added one more important chapter, announcing the titles and the directors. The names of the members of the main jury will be announced in the next days; after that, the schedule and the halls of the screenings will be presented.
However, a quick view provides us with eloquent data. Out of a total of 1930 movies sent to be selected, 49 movies were retained, representing 29 countries. 18 titles participate in the “battle” for Palme d`Or, and 16 of them are distributed for Un Certain Regard. Unbelievable, but true, movies from China, India, Brazil, and we should admit that also from Romania, who is represented only by a project at the Workshop and, of course, by Cristian Mungiu, are not competing in this edition. Spain is also not so good, making Pedro Almodovar’s responsibility easier. There are 12 women who are film director with movies included in the various sections. Three of them participate in the official competition: Sofia Coppola, Naomi Kawase and Lynne Ramsay.
We could say that Nicole Kidman has a special, privileged situation. The Australian actress is present in the festival, this year, with no less than four movies. Two of them are in the main competition: The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola, and The Killing of a Sacred Dear (directed by Yorgos Lanthimos). One of the other two movies is outside the competition (How to Talk to Girls at Parties, signed by John Cameron Mitchell), and the other one, Top of the Lake, is included in the section of the anniversary events, being directed by the famous Jane Campion. Other feminine personalities will also be present in the festival, and I am referring to Isabelle Huppert, as well as high class directors, such as Agnes Varda, for instance. The poster itself is a cardinal point, representing Claudia Cardinale. The edition has no “subscribers”, as some ironic commentators noted before, but it’s important to note that Jacques Doillon(Rodin), Michael Haneke(Happy End), Mic hel Hazanavicius(Le Redoutable), Serghei Loznitsa(A Gentil Creature), Kornel Mundruczo (Jupiter`s Moon), François Ozon (L`Amant double), Andrey Zvyagintsev(Nelyubov) will be present in the competition.
Therefore, we refer only to the titles in the competition for Palme d`Or, but other notable filmmakers are also present in the festival: from Arnauld Desplechin (in the opening – Les fanthomes d` Ismael), to David Lynch, with the TV series Twin Peaks, or Vanessa Redgrave, the author of the documentary Sea Sorrow.
We remind about Cristian Mungiu’s presence, who is invited to preside the short film section, without omitting to notice the participation of a young filmmaker, Ruxandra Ghitescu, at the Workshop, with the project called Otto the Barbarian.