Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Catherine Deneuve, or Marion Cotillard are just some of the famous stars that will climb the 24 steps that will lead them to the great hall of the projections.
Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of the legendary Marcello who with his charm lights up the poster of the festival, and the Mexican Alfonso Cuaron, director of the Academy Award-winning Gravity, will declare officially open the 67th edition.
But let us not to be deceived by this almost idyllic atmosphere, because as every year, the Croisette is blurred (intentionally you might say!) by a series of controversies. For this reason Grace of Monaco (starring Nicole Kidman), presented out of the competition, has made headlines due to virulent opposition of Grace’s heirs who see the film as an unacceptable distortion of the history, a disgrace towards the beloved princess of Monaco. Even the U.S. distributor does not seem to look at the Olivier Dahan’s film favourably and would like a new editing for the United States. The press screening confirmed the controversy by accepting the film in a “chilly” to not say ” glacial” way.
Another film that has sparked a lively debate is “Welcome to New York” by the always controversial Abel Ferrara, who had already made headlines in 2007 with his sulfurous “Go Go Tales”, which portrays Asia Argento’s poses that leave little to imagination. This year he is back to Cannes with a film inspired by the DSK case with Gerard Depardieu undoubtedly fascinating.
At the festival will compete a myriad of new talents and confirmed ones among them some real “habitués” of Cannes such as the Belgian Jean -Pierre and Luc Dardenne that this year will attempt to win for the third time the Palme d’Or with their Deux Jours , Deux Nuits, social report which will see Marion Cotillard once again playing the lead role.
Another “historic” name is that of Jean -Luc Godard, who despite his global fame has never been rewarded. Will he make it maybe this year with his cryptic “Adieu au Langage”?
Among the new talents we find the young Canadian director Xavier Dolon who despite his 25 years old can already be proud of his five acclaimed feature films.
This 67th edition will be dominated by women with as the head of the jury the almost mythical Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola and Carole Bouquet in the role of jury members. Also important is the presence of the amazing Italian director Alice Rohrwacher in competition with her film “Le meraviglie” and the always provocative Asia Argento who will take the field of the section “Un Certain Regard ” thanks to her film “Incompresa”. This edition is going to be excited.