Cannes is a city in the French Riviera full of luxury and glamour, from haute couture shops to 5 star hotels. Since 1946 it has hosted the Festival de Cannes, where the highest award Palme d’Or, or the Palm award is bestowed with much honor to the director of the Best Feature Film. This year the festival took place at the Palais des Festivals, from the 14th until the 25th of May.
I was fortunate to experience the ambiance and brightness of the city during the festival. I must admit I’m not a fan of really crowded places, which is why I decided to walk passed the Carlton. People wait outside the luxurious hotel where many actors stay to see what celebrities they can see. Instead, I decided to grab ice cream and take a stroll around the Promenade de la Croissete, the strip facing the turquoise water with an incredible view of the mountains and yachts.
I walked by Nikki Beach, a lounge I have visited in Miami, and I was able to strike up a conversation with the guy at the door. He explained to me that they were having a private party and some areas of the beaches were also restricted to the public. He was nice to let me in to take a look around. I grabbed a mojito at the bar, took off my shoes, and went for a walk at the beach.
Before heading back, I watched the actors and guests from the film industry arrive at the red carpet. It was a spectacle like no other, with flashing lights, screaming fans, and photographers yelling the actors names to get their picture.
Here are some pictures I took with my iphone since I did not have my camera with me. Also, the following are the awards of the festival this year.
- Palme d’or WINTER SLEEP by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN
- Grand Prix LE MERAVIGLIE (The Wonders) by Alice ROHRWACHER
- Best Director Award Bennett MILLER for FOXCATCHER
- Jury Prize ex-aequo MOMMY by Xavier DOLAN
- ADIEU AU LANGAGE (Goodbye to language) by Jean-Luc GODARD
- Best Screenplay Award Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV and Oleg NEGIN for LEVIATHAN
- Best Actress Award Julianne MOORE in MAPS TO THE STARS by David CRONENBERG
- Best Actor Award Timothy SPALL in MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH
- SHORT FILMS Palme d’or
- LEIDI by Simón MESA SOTO
- Special Mention – Ex-aequo
- AÏSSA by Clément TREHIN-LALANNE
- JA VI ELSKER (Yes we love) by Hallvar WITZØ
- UN CERTAIN REGARD
- Un Certain Regard Prize
- FEHÉR ISTEN by Kornél Mundruczó
- Jury Prize
- TURIST by Ruben Östlund
- Un Certain Regard Special Prize
- THE SALT OF THE EARTH by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
- Ensemble Prize
- PARTY GIRL by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis
- Best Actor Award
- David Gulpilil in CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by Rolf de Heer
- CAMÉRA D’OR PARTY GIRL by Marie AMACHOUKELI, Claire BURGER, Samuel THEIS presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection
- First Prize
- SKUNK by Annie Silverstein University of Texas at Austin, USA
- Second Prize
- OH LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
- Joint Third Prize
- LIEVITO MADRE by Fulvio Risuleo Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy THE BIGGER PICTURE by Daisy Jacobs National Film and Television School, United Kingdom The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:
- Dick POPE, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH
For more information on the festival, visit the official Festival de Cannes website, where the following photos can be found.