With Cannes Film Festival fast approaching in the glamorous south of France, our thoughts are turning to the region’s swankiest occasion in the calendar. If you’re a film fan, while you may not be able to attend the big event itself, why not head to sunny Cannes anyway to soak up the atmosphere and hopefully spot a few film stars and directors? Stay in a luxury villa to give yourself the genuine experience and roam around the harbour looking your best, and see if you can attract any of the congregating paparazzi.
There are some massive names popping up at 2013’s festival, including acclaimed directors Baz Luhrmann, with his hotly anticipated The Great Gatsby, and the Coen brothers with Inside Llewyn Davis. With international and French names alike, this is the perfect opportunity to spot some of your favourite actors from European and world cinema alike.
There are two midnight screenings taking place: Amit Kumar’s ‘Monsoon Shootout’, exploring the impact of a rookie policeman’s dilemma about whether or not to shoot a gangster in an alleyway, and Johnnie To’s ‘Blind Detective’, about a former detective who leaves the service after losing his vision who uses his other senses to solve cases. If you’ve decided to visit Cannes at festival time, you might want to choose these nights to explore the town, and if you happen to end up in a bar close to the screenings you might just meet some of the stars heading out for a late night drink.
The nightlife throughout the Cannes Film Festival improves greatly, with lots of tourists and locals flocking to the region to enjoy the atmosphere. Many cinemas hold special events to celebrate in their own way, so real French film buffs should check out what’s happening at the cinemas throughout Cannes to see if there is anything worth catching.
In 2012, all the big names from the silver screen turned up in their droves. Movie stars such as Bruce Willis, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen graced the red carpet with their presence to watch the crème de la crème of world cinema. Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ scooped the coveted Palme d’Or prize and the highly regarded ‘Djeca [Children of Sarajevo]’ by Aida Begic taking the ‘Un Certain Regard Special Distinction’ award.
Cannes is a beautiful place to visit whether it’s festival season or not, but if you want to enjoy the cultural buzz and get the chance to spot some elated film stars celebrating their wins, May is the month to be there.
About the author: Arnie Pye has been covering the Cannes Film Festival as a blogger for the past eight years and finds it as fascinating today as when he first arrived.