Ever since its inception the Cannes Film Festival has remained focus on its mission of highlighting and raising the profile of films with the objective of prosperity of cinema. Moreover acting as a catalyst in the growth of global film industry and cherishes cinema at an International forum.
The Cannes Film Festival raises the curtains every year for 12 days in May. The 68th Festival is on the chart which is to be held this year from 13th to 24th May. This small town on the splendid Cote d Azur seems like a galaxy with all the stars sprinkled all over it. It pulls in around 35,000 producers, distributors, actors and publicists looking to watch, buy or sell more than 2000 films. The Festival has an unmatched legacy and glory, which lure about 5000 journalists from around the world, which ensure a worldwide fame to anyone with the desired looks or prestige to capitalize on it.
The Film Festival was the initiative of Jean Zay, the Minister of education and Fine Arts and was supposed to be held in September 1939. The underlying purpose was to counter the Venice Film Festival which was heavily influenced by Mussolini’s fascist movement. However, things didn’t go as planned as the Germans took over the Poland and it was in the year 1946 that the first Film Festival was held in September after the WWII came to an end. Since 1952 the festival has been celebrated in May.
The festival is divided into two categories i.e. the ‘in Competion’ and ‘out competition.’ The in completion films strive to get the Palme d Or awarded which is given by the jury to the film that best serves the or facilitates the evolution of cinematic art. The array of out competition films is much wider. The Marche du film (Market) facilitates business of billions of Euros. This sheer commerce is mixed well with telecast of the event which spices it up. Though you won’t be able to see the official screening as it takes place in Palais des Festival, access to which won’t be granted to you unless you are a celebrity. You can alternatively resort to Cinema de la Plage, which is an open-air cinema showing classical movies and the new films from the complementary Film Festival of Quinzaine des Realisateurs. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets from La Malmaison.
Cannes favourite sport is to spot the celebrities on the red carpet of Palais des Festivals. The droves of fans sets in immediately after lunch, so hold your spot as early you can. Later on, meander around La Croisette which is brimmed with up-market hotels and you might just see your favorite celebrities hanging out.
For a lavish party, go the Le Baoli nightclub. Just make sure that you are dressed up as a celebrity, otherwise the giant bouncers won’t permit you to enter.
If you wish to take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle, board on to the fairy which takes you to the magical island of Ille Ste Marguerite. It is sure to provide you tranquility with its dense eucalyptus forests and pristine beaches.
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