The Cannes Film Festival is one of those events that makes France one of the most attractive countries in the world regarding tourism. The red carpet, the Croisette full of people waiting to see stars they can only see if they visit Hollywood, the fancy parties, the cocktails at the Martinez.
Anyone in the industry who went to this festival once will talk about those things to you because, after all, even though there are a lot of stakes, it is still a celebration of the film culture.
Everything is mythical about this festival, and even if there’s always a debate around the given prices, like at the Oscars, it is taken more than seriously by international cinematographers. And this year, like almost every year, a Hollywood star is part of the Jury, and It’s none other than the famous and trending actress Brie Larson that has been selected to be part of it. A great opportunity for sure and an occasion for her to give her point of view as a Hollywood actress who received a lot of hate recently.
Brie Larson is Part Of A Very Prestigious Jury
This year’s Jury is said to be one of the best at the festival. Because not only was Brie Larson in it, but she was selected along with Julia Ducourneau, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2021 with her shocking film “Titane” and the Jury is chaired by the Swedish director Ruben Östlund, who also won the Palme d’Or last year with his movie “Without Filter.”
Composed of 5 men and four women, it has the two latest winners of the festival and an Oscar winner. Other than Brie Larson, Julia Ducourneau, and Ruben Östlund, we have Maryam Touzani, who directed “le bleu du Caftan,” Denis Ménochet who ran “As Bestas”; Rungano Nyoni, who ran “I’m Not a Witch; Paul Dano, who is famous for “Okja,” Atiq Rahimi, who got a Goncourt prize for his novel “Syngué Sabour” and finally the Argentine director Damien Szifron who directed “Relatos Salvajes.”
All those famous people will have to decide who will win which prize, which is a challenging task, and it brings a lot of attention to all of them. It will get even more attention since it is said that many beautiful and surprising films have been nominated for the film festival this year, like Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, which is one of the favorites. Also, six of the nominated films are directed by women for the first time, an event that will undoubtedly lead to many more victories.
Only Two Women Got The Palme d’Or.
Even though times changed a lot these last years, the past still strikes at the door when discussing cinema. Six women have been nominated for the Cannes Film Festival this year, while only two women won the Palme d’Or in the competition’s history. Many people think this event will for sure lead to a third victory for a woman, but of course, the quality of the film will be the only argument to offer someone this fabulous trophy of the cinema industry.
Among those women directors, we have Justine Triet, who was already nominated for “Sibyl” in 2019, who is nominated for her fourth film “Anatomie de Chute,” which tells the story of a woman accused of murdering her husband; we also have Jessica Hausner for “Club Zero,” Alice Rohrwacher for “The Chimera,” Catherine Breillat for ‘L’été dernier,” Ramata-Toulaye Sy for “Banel and Adama” and finally Kaouther Ben Hania for “The Girls of Olfa.”
Catherine Breillat is also, like Justine Briet, signing a comeback since she was nominated ten years ago at the festival for “An Old Mistress.” And even though we have a lot of women directors this year, it will not be that easy since only Julia Ducourneau in 2021 and Jane Campion in 1993 for “The Piano Lesson” won the Palme d’Or at the end of the festival. And with so many films, we are not assured at all that one of them will succeed. However, these six movies seem very interesting, so now It’s the choice of the Jury.