Get your shades on and your sunscreen out. You’ll need both to protect you from the bright rays generated by the Hollywood elite and the sunny beaches of Cannes. The 66th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, which runs May 15 to May 26, will once again premiere some of the year’s most-talked about films.
Kodak has a long history and presence at the Cannes International Film Festival, which is evident once again when you look at the titles that make up this year’s program:
Ethan and Joel Coen will be seaside to debut their film Inside Llewyn Davis about a singer-songwriter (played by Oscar Isaac) who navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s. The directors reunited with Oscar®-winner Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC, whom they previously collaborated with on their segment of Paris, je t'aime. The filmmakers chose Kodak 35mm to bring the sentiment of the Greenwich Village folk scene to the big screen.
The Immigrant, from director James Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC, was shot on Kodak 35mm motion picture film to tell the story of an innocent immigrant woman (Marion Cotillard) who is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville. A dazzling magician (Jeremy Renner) comes to the rescue and tries to reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award-winner Fruitvale Station is based on the real-life event that ended the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant. The San Francisco Bay area resident was shot by transit officers at the Fruitvale station on New Year’s Day in 2009. The film is Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison chose Super 16mm for this film’s soulful look into Grant’s life and the incident that ended it.
La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) was written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The film is the fifth collaboration between Sorrentino and cinematographer Luca Bigazzi. The story looks at Rome through the jaded eyes of a writer whose personal stories about Roman nobility, actors, fallen aristocrats, intellectuals, social climbers and high-class criminals come to life. The filmmakers captured the Eternal City on KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219.
Some additional titles shot on Kodak screening at Cannes include Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (director Arnaud Desplechin, DP Stéphane Fontaine); Le Démantèlement (Sébastien Pilote, Michel La Veaux); Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)and La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez, María Secco), among others.
Congratulations to all the filmmakers whose work was chosen to be part of the legendary Cannes International Film Festival. Bonne chance!