Thursday, April 30, 2009
Cannes International Film Festival 2009
In just 2 weeks there will be released the 62nd Edition of the Cannes Film Festival. From 13th May to 24th May the cream of the big screen will meet in this small French town. As a great novelty at the festival, it will open with a Diseny-Pixar animation film: Up. Still, this is not the first time that an animation movie participates in the official section of the event.
The jury is made up of big names of the world of cinema: the famous French actress Isabelle Huppert will preside the table and she'll be accompanied by the Korean writer and director Lee Chang-dong, the Italian Asia Argento, the U.S. actress Robin Wright Penn, the Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the British novelist Hanif Kureis and the U.S. director James Gray.
This year Asia and Europe have more presence than United States, which is the great absent from the festival. These are some of the names that compete for the Golden Palm: Michael Haneke with Le ruban blanc; Marco Bellocchio with Vincere; Ang Lee with Taking Woodstock; or Tarantino with Basterds and Antichris (he will be the only North American filmmaker in the festival). From Asia comes the Chinese director Lou Ye, the Filipino director Brillante Mendoza or Johnnie To from Hong Kong.
Spain will be very well represented in Cannes due to two important nominations: Pedro Almodovar with 'Los abrazos rotos' and Isabel Coixet with 'Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio'. Alejandro Amenábar will participate "out of competition" with Agora.
There are some directors who repeat nomination such as Tarantino, who had participated with Pulp Fiction or the Danish director Lars von Trier with Antichris. Other awarded directors are the British director Ken Loach with Looking for Eric and the New Zealander Jane Campion, the first woman who won the Golden Palm in 1992 with 'The Piano' and who this year is presenting the film 'Bright Star'.
Do you love cinema? Would you like to see on live one of the best festivals of the international cinema? Travel to France and discover The Cannes International Film Festival 2009! And while you are there, why not take advantage and visit the city of lights, too. Rent Paris Apartments and find the best accommodation.