CANNES, France — Decked out in a shimmering silver Chanel robe, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard helped kick off Cannes’ comeback on Tuesday as film stars from far and huge descended onto the pink carpet for the French cinema showcase.
The world’s greatest movie competition is marking its return after skipping 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, in barely extra subdued type, with fewer attendees and events over the 12-day whirlwind of movie premieres.
Stars have been out in drive on the French Riviera for the opening ceremony, in a present of assist for an business hammered by the pandemic after theaters closed for months.
“It will likely be my first time in a cinema for 15 months,” Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho, one of many jury members who will decide the winner of the highest Palme D’Or award, advised a information convention earlier on Tuesday.
Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Adam Driver, who stars alongside Cotillard within the musical “Annette,” the opening movie, have been amongst celebrities who travelled to France for the occasion, together with Spanish movie director Pedro Almodovar and British actress Helen Mirren.
In a pearl-colored Givenchy shift costume, Jodie Foster, who first got here to Cannes as a 13-year-old when she starred in “Taxi Driver,” arrived to obtained a lifetime achievement award.
Sean Penn and Wes Anderson will likely be amongst heavy hitters vying for prizes in the principle movie competitors, one in all a number of parallel occasions and premieres happening over the following fortnight.
They embody outside screenings on the seaside alongside Cannes’ famed Croisette walkway, the place vacationers starting their summer time holidays within the resort metropolis will get an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Hollywood royalty.
The competition retains a really French flavour, and can showcase the newest outings by administrators Francois Ozon and Jacques Audiard in addition to Catherine Corsini’s “The Divide,” set in modern-day France towards the backdrop of Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrations.
Competition director Thierry Fremaux on Monday stood by strict French guidelines barring inclusion within the film competitors for movies promoted by streaming platforms like Netflix until they get a run in cinema theaters first.
U.S. director Spike Lee, who wore a scorching pink swimsuit for the opening ceremony, chimed into the long-running Cannes versus Netflix debate, supporting the platform on which he launched “Da 5 Bloods” on the peak of pandemic lockdowns final yr.
“Cinema and screening platforms can coexist at one time,” Lee advised a information convention on Tuesday. “There was a pondering as soon as that TV was going to kill cinema. These things is just not new.” JB
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