Pitt-Kidman to Premiere at Cannes

Pitt-Kidman to Premiere at CannesThe glamorous French Riviera is host to the world’s biggest film festival from the 16th to 27th of May. Two movies starring the famous actors will premiere at Cannes which promises a strong North American accent this year. There are 22 films in the race to win the festival’s top honor the Palme d’or. It’s the most coveted prize at the glitzy cinema showcase known to significantly boost a films box office and awards potential.

Officials are hoping that the strong Hollywood presence and filmmakers from around the world will help to overshadow last year’s controversy relating to the Danish director Lars Von Trier’s Nazi jokes in a press conference. “Killing me softly”, directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt is about a heist investigation during a mob-protected poker game. Anderson’s drama “Moonrise Kingdom” will kick off the festival on the 16th while Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” starring “Twilight” actor Robert Pattison is in the main running. Cronenberg’s son is in the smaller “un certain regard” selection for his film “Antiviral”. Twilight fans also have something to look forward to with “On the Road” starring Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Contenders from the host country include “Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vu” from Alain Resnais and Jaques Audiard’s “De Rouille et D’Os” starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.

A press conference was held by the organizers to salute the great filmmakers from around the world. The festivals’ official ceremonies will be hosted by Berenice Bejo star of “The Artist” and winner of the French Cesar Award. Bejo and co-star Jean Dujardin, winner of best actor Academy Award, shot to international fame with “The Artist” which debuted at Cannes last year and won best picture Oscar in 2012. Previous winners of the Palm d’or vying for the top prize this year too include Britain’s Ken Loach and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu. Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone will be competing with his film “The Reality”. Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah’s “Baad el Mawkeaa” and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s Japanese film, “Like Someone in Love” highlight the growing Middle Eastern influence. Hong Sangsoo with “In another Country” and Im Sang-soo with “The Taste of Money” are representing Asia at the festival. The films not included in the main competition include the hit animated series “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and Ken Burns’s documentary “The Central Park Five” about the conviction of five minors in an assault and rape case in 1989.  Nicole Kidman will be promoting U.S director Philip Kaufman’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn”, also being shown out of competition. This year’s jury deciding for the main competition includes Italian actor/director Nanni Moretti and English actor Tim Roth will be presiding over the “un certain regard” jury.

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