CANNES JURY ANNOUNCED | Jean-Paul Gaultier is on the guest list

"When a person is in fashion, all they do is right" (Lord Chesterfield)

Who will decide the fate of this year's crop of movies in Cannes, under the supervision of our favorite friendly agitator Nanni Moretti? Some French actresses, a British filmmaker woman, an American director and, (a first) a fashion-designer--Jean-Paul Gaultier. Hiam Abbas (Palestinian director and actress, you might have seen her in "Lemon Tree," available for streaming online), Andrea Arnold ... more >

TIM ROTH to lead U.C.R. jury at Cannes

Lie to me actor no stranger to the French riviera

The Cannes Festival announced that actor Tim Roth will be presiding over the Un Certain Regard jury this year. Created in 1978, Un Certain regard is the festival’s twin brother program, with a distinctive birthmark: it fetes new filmmakers. The U.C.R jury will hand out its own awards, albeit during a more low-key ceremony, on the day before the main selection's closing. A generous 30,000 euros ... more >

CANNES ’12 – Short Film jury announced

Jury members reflect filmmaker pool diversity

Belgian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with the Bike) and Arsinée Khanjian will be part of the Cinéfondation and Short Film jury this year at the Cannes Festival (Dardenne will be this year’s jury president). The Cinéfondation, the festival's own Bell lab, was created in 1998 as launching pad for new filmmakers, helping them produce and distribute their films. Fifteen filmmakers are ... more >

CANNES PLAYBOOK: Anderson and Salles films on tap


American cinema has always been prominent in the Cannes Festival’s programming, thanks to Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux, president and programming director respectively, both of whom give our cinema ample screen time (the festival will take place May 16-May 27. Italy’s Nanni Moretti will be president of the jury). Last year, Cannes was the launchpad for two American productions, The Artist, ... more >

Thierry Frémaux

Cannes Festival director lets us in on it

Screen Comment. Thank you for accepting to be interviewed for Screen Comment. I’d like you to talk to us about this 64th Cannes Film Festival, of course, but also about what cinema (and the Cannes Film Festival) mean to you. There is no career in the field more prestigious than yours. You are the General Delegate of the Festival and the Director of the Lumière Institute in Lyon. A few years ago, ... more >

Once upon a time in Anatolia

Turkish film a serious contender for the Palm?

Spotlight on this year's Cannes Selection and who the Palme winner will be. What's playing out in the jurors' hotel suite as I type these words is anyone's guess. How Robert De Niro will steer his jury is hard to tell. When Tim Burton was at the helm last year, people guessing "Uncle Boonmee" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wouldn't have been too far off. Burton responds to dream-like, ... more >

Catherine Deneuve

A legend at my lunch table

I caught up with legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve at the Cannes Festival to discuss the animated film "Persepolis" currently showing in competition. We also talked about how the festival compares to others, and what is her own favorite film out of her long career in cinema. Screen Comment - will you be in Cannes for the week? Catherine Deneuve - I never stay long. When you’re in ... more >