Oh la la! The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off today and will run through May 22. Opening the event was Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and the early buzz has been quite positive, so now I’m even more excited to see it.
While Cannes is typically home to many films that will never make it to theaters in the US (at least without an extensive search), this year there are definitely more mainstream titles than one would expect — a growing trend which I’m sure cinematic snobs are not pleased about. Puss in Boots, anyone? OK, so PiB wasn’t an official entry, but still, a forty-minute sneak peek of the DreamWorks film was shown at the festival today. And Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides IS an official (albeit “Out of Competition”) selection!?! It’ll show on Saturday. Midnight in Paris was an Out of Competition title as well, and so is Jodie Foster’s The Beaver.
Perhaps the most mainstream film that’s competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or — and which is also the odds-on favorite to win — is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. (Last year’s victor was Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives – which still hasn’t even been released in its homeland due to censorship issues.) There’s been so much intrigue surrounding Malick’s film that I’m anxious for the reviews to start trickling out of the French Riveria. I don’t want to spoil myself too much, but I am curious to know whether or not all of the hush-hush hype is warranted. And, of course, being the Angelina Jolie fan that I am, I’m psyched that she and Pitt will be walking the red carpet for his film’s premiere. (Kung Fu Panda 2, for which Jolie reprised her voicework for Master Tigress, has a screening and press junket timed to coincide with the festival as well.)
The winners of Cannes 2011 will be announced on the final day of the competition, May 22. If you’d like to see the list of all the films competing across the various categories in the meantime, here it is.
Redbox movies that screened at Cannes 2010: