Cannes Opens with Comedy and Chaos

The Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday will be opening with Wes Anderson’s child fantasy ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and is pitted against Sacha Baron Cohen’s anarchic alter ego General Aladeen for the world media’s attention.

The French Riviera will be host to thousands of journalists and media executives for 12 days of screenings, red carpet premieres, parties and deal makings and typical of the first day at the festival there are bound to be diary clashes. Guaranteeing a sensational launch on Wednesday evening complete with a press screening, news brief, interviews and a red carpet gala, Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is the official opening entry in the main competition, starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray. Also just a stone’s throw away, on the famous Croisette waterfront, Cohen will also be a part of the action with a press conference at the glamorous Carlton Hotel to promote his latest offering ‘The Dictator’. However, amid the galas and parties there’s a lot of hard work in the huge market of films in the hope of rising out of the economic gloom that envelopes much of Europe with a flurry of sales.

Berlin Film Festival Attracts Young, Old and the Unconventional

As one of the most influential and highly prestigious film festivals globally, the Berlin film festival has attracted the best films in the business and the most talented directors. This year’s Berlin film festival has been equally competitive and includes the most talented of the director from across the world. The line-up this year is said to be more edgy and than normal. While being one of the most talked about and reported film festivals in the world, Berlin film festival is more often than not slammed by critics for its conservative in its programming when compared to other film festivals like the ones in New York and Cannes. However, with the jury comprising of mainstream names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Barbara Sukowa balanced off with unconventional inclusions like Boualem Sansal and Iranian director and writer Asghar Farhadi .


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