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The Cannes Film Festival - le Festival International du Film de Cannes
By Philip Suter

The Cannes Film Festival (le Festival international du film de Cannes) is held in May every year and in 2007 it will be the 60th festival.

The history of the Cannes Film Festival goes back to 1939 when Jean Zay, the French minister for Public Instruction and the Arts (Ministère de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts), proposed a "creation of an international film event in France".

Cannes was chosen for its "sunshine and enchanting setting" according to the minister. The reason to set up a Festival in France was as a response for the effect of Mussolini's fascist take over of the Venice Film Festival. Unfortunately because of the Second World War the festival did not commence till the September 20, 1946 and was held at the former Casino de Cannes. As from 1951 the month was changed to May and it now runs for two weeks. It has run every year since 1946 with the only exception being 1948 and 1950. Every year there are thousands of movie makers who go to Cannes accompanied by nearly 4,000 journalists.

The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film. This non-public Festival is attended by numerous film stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the world.

It is a fascinating experience to spend part of the day or evening there soaking up the atmosphere and although restaurant, hotel and bar prices are higher than normal, it is still possible to eat and drink at "normal" prices in some of the establishments away from the "main arena" that is the section along the beach - La Croisette.

Naturally hotel beds are at a premium. If you walk along the La Croisette in the early evening you will find early evening television shows being transmitted by channels like TF1 and Canal+ and as dusk draws in the visitors to the evening film showing in the Palais des Festivals et des Congres start arriving. They are dressed in: - dinner jackets - smart dresses and the film stars and their entourage arrive in a fleet of cars picking them up from their hotels and delivering them to the red carpeted steps. The cars are normally supplied by a major French car manufacturer. Men have to look smart and wear a tie, otherwise they might not be admitted.

When it is dark there is usually a public screening on the beach with a giant screen. It is a fabulous setting with the sea beyond and lazar lights illuminating the entire bay and the yachts and boats anchored in it. This can certainly be an interesting (and inexpensive) way to pass a few hours and if you don't know who is in the chamfered driven cars, there are still newsstands open where you can buy one of the popular "people's lives - celebrity" magazines.

The hundreds of film screenings that take place during the festival are not only for the privileged. There are screenings across town as well as the open air screenings. A visitor can get information from the Tourist Office.

The 59th Festival de Cannes was held on the 17th to 28th May 2006

Ken Loach the veteran director won the 2006 Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film The Wind That Shakes The Barley.(Le Vent se lève) It beat 19 other films. The film is about the early days of the IRA and stars Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham as two brothers in early 1920s Ireland, when volunteer guerrilla fighters rose up against the British Black and Tans.

The Grand Prix was won by Flandres by Bruno Dumont. Andrea Arnold, a new director, won the Jury Prize( Prix du Jury) for Red Road, starring Kate Dickie as a CCTV operator on a Glasgow, Scotland council estate who spots a man from her past in video footage

Some further information about Cannes: It is described by some as one of the classiest resorts on the Cote d’Azur, although very expensive and having one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, you can still find a reasonably priced hotel and meals locally.

It is has a picturesque old town overlooking the town. It has wonderful sandy beaches that are accessible from the main promenade “La Croisette” and at either end these beaches are public beaches. The area in between on La Croisette is full of beach restaurants and although you can walk past them on the sand if you want to sun bathe, you have to pay to use the facilities (loungers - chairs - umbrellas).

There is also a working fishing port contrasted by private moorings from some the most expensive yachts in the world.

If you are staying in the South of France in May a visit to the film festival makes great entertainment and can be for FREE!

In the same month you can also watch the Monaco Grand Prix - Very expensive and the less expensive Historic Monaco Grand Prix - Grand Prix de Monaco Historique that is held every other year

Philip Suter is a Director of jml Property Services; http://www.jmlproperty.co.uk a UK based company offering Insurance products on line at http://www.jml-property-insurance.co.uk and a holiday home advertising service http://www.jmlvillas.comand management training within the uk. He a travel writer and is a very experienced property consultant with over 30 years work in the Residential letting business in the UK and served on the National Council of ARLA. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and a Member of The association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)

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65th Cannes Film Festival - Festival de Cannes 2012 - will take place 16-27 May 2012

61st Festival de Cannes: from 14th to 25th May 2008

The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was won by the French production Entre les murs (The Class) on the 25th May 2008. The film, directed by Laurent Cantet, used teachers and students to chronicle a year in the life of an inner-city school. This is the first time a French film has won the Palme d'Or since Sous le Soleil de Satan by Maurice Pialat in 1987

Grand Prix GOMORRA de / by Matteo Garrone

Prize of the 61st Festival de Cannes ex-aequo Catherine Deneuve dans / for UN CONTE DE NOËL de / by Arnaud DESPLECHIN Clint Eastwood pour / for L’ÉCHANGE (The Exchange)

Award for the Best Director ÜÇ MAYMUN (Three Monkeys / Les Trois Singes) de / by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Jury Prize IL DIVO de / by Paolo Sorrentino Prix d'interprétation masculine Benicio Del Toro dans / for CHE de / by Steven SODERBERGH

Best Performance for an Actress Sandra Corveloni dans / for LINHA DE PASSE de / by Walter SALLES, Daniela THOMAS

Award for the Best Screenplay LE SILENCE DE LORNA de / by Jean-Pierre et Luc DARDENNE

Benicio del Toro won the prize for best actor for his lead role in Guerrilla, Steven Soderbergh's biopic of Che Guevara

The President of the 2008 jury was the American actor Sean Penn

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60th Festival de Cannes: from 16th to 27th May 2007

Romania wins major prizes at 2007 Cannes Film Festival

The Palme d'Or, went to Cristian Mungiu for "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," described as an unsparing yet humane look at life during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. It follows the ordeal of two female university students as one tries to help the other obtain an illegal abortion. Cristian Mungiu's film had critical support from the start and the The audience in the Palais des Festivals was audibly delighted by Mungiu's victory. The jury for Un Certain Regard, gave its highest honour to "California Dreamin,' " a first feature by Cristian Nemescu set in Romania during the Kosovo war of 1999. Cristian Nemescu died in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 27.

Diane Kruger was the Master of Ceremonies for the 60th Festival de Cannes. She welcomed the President Stephen Frears and his Jury onto the stage of the Palais des Festivals on May 16th 2007. She also hosted the Closing Ceremony, on Sunday May 27th, during which the Awards will be announced.

Meanwhile early in 2007, the town of cannes and the Palais des Festivals has launched an exciting programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Cannes film festival. In 2007 a series of screenings of old films tracing the history of cinema on the Croisette will be shown several times a month at various venues. Entrance to these films will be free from 6pm and open to all, subject to availability.

As part of the 60th Celebrations the city of Cannes will be showing some of the biggest festival winning films including - Death in Venice, Easy Rider, MASH, Taxi Driver, Apocalyspe Now, La Ville est Belle and Cinema Paradiso. There will be about 60 films played across the year at various cinemas throughout Cannes including La Licorne, Studio 13, Miramar, Le Raimu and Alexandra 111. There will also be seven "Red carpet" screenings in the Grand Auditorium.

Bono of U2 brought Cannes to standstill in the early hours of Sunday 20th May with a concert performed on top of the red carpeted steps leading to the Palais des Festivals. Bono yelled "Bonne anniversaire Cannes", just before 1 am wishing the festival a 60th birtday greeting. Bono and U2 was there for the screening of "U2 3D" their concert film that has been filmed in 3D. The film was scheduled to be screened at 12.30 am, but was delayed by the impromptu concert. The audience were handed a pair of 3D glassed to watch the film and guests included Prince Albert of Monaco and German film maker Wim Wenders.

The President of the jury was British Director Stephen Frears.

From the archives:

59th Festival de Cannes: from 17th to 28th May 2006

The 59th Festival de Cannes was held on the 17th to 28th May 2006 Ken Loach the veteran director won the 2006 Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film The Wind That Shakes The Barley.(Le Vent se lève) It beat 19 other films. The film is about the early days of the IRA and stars Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham as two brothers in early 1920s Ireland, when volunteer guerrilla fighters rose up against the British Black and Tans.

The Grand Prix was won by Flandres by Bruno Dumont. Andrea Arnold, a new director, won the Jury Prize( Prix du Jury) for Red Road, starring Kate Dickie as a CCTV operator on a Glasgow, Scotland council estate who spots a man from her past in video footage

Some of the earlier years winning films and Directors:

2005: L' Enfant - Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 - Michael Moore

2003: Elephant - Gus Van Sant

2002: The Pianist - Roman Polanski

2001: La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) - Nanni Moretti

2000: Dancer in the Dark - Lars von Trier

1999: Rosetta - Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

1998: Mia Aioniotita Kai Mia Mera (Eternity and a Day) - Theo Angelopoulos

1997: Ta'm e Guilass (A Taste of Cherry) Unagi (The Eel) - Abbas Kiarostami & Shohei Imamura

1996: Secrets & Lies - Mike Leigh

1995: Underground - Emir Kusturica

1994: Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino

1993: The Piano Ba Wang Bie Ji - Jane Campion & Kaige Chen

1992: Den Goda Viljan (The Best Intentions) - Bille August

1991: Barton Fink - Joel Coen

1990: Wild at Heart - David Lynch

1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape - Steven Soderbergh

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