Whether you are into movies or not, the Cannes film festival is a huge event and not only in France. This year should be a very good year, starting with the talented French actress, Mélanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’). She will serve as Cannes 2011 master of Ceremony of the 64th Festival de Cannes.
Robert de Niro will head the nine-person jury that decides the Palme d’Or, as the President of the jury – Feature film. Michel Gondry is President of the jury – Cinefondation & short; Emir Kusturica, President of the jury – Un Certain Regard; and Joon Ho Bong, President of the jury – Golden Camera. 21 films from around the world are in competition for the Palme D’Or.
Here is what Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, says about the festival:
For it seems that floating on the Croisette is a scent of lightness, desire and peace. If each edition has a particular mood, 2011 is already, even before the first screen lights up, very exciting. Why, how and when does public opinion decides that “Cannes will be great this year”? It’s a mystery … and rightly so […] This year, Cannes has installed a little innovation here and there: As a guest, Egyptian film culture, home of great cinema, has signaled to the world their desire for democracy and freedom and like Tunisia, which will is also present, shows how cinema moves to the rhythm of world events; a feast of selections for film crews to meet each other rather than in competition or rivalry, or the stress of an audience’s reaction…
This is very well said and we are eager to see some of these movies! We appreciate the approach of the 64th Cannes Film Festival and we hope it will keep its promises.
Vive le Festival de Cannes!