2015 Cannes Film Festival

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The streets are quiet again in sunny Cannes. Everyday’s normal life has resumed…..

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 to 24 May 2015. Joel and Ethan Coen were announced as the Presidents of the Jury for the main competition. It was the first time that two people chaired the jury. Since the Coen brothers each received a separate vote, they were joined by seven other jurors to form the customary nine-juror panel. French actor Lambert Wilson was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Cannes Filmfestival 2015 poster

The festival poster featured Hollywood star and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, photographed by David Seymour. The poster was chosen to pay tribute to Bergman for her contributions to films and who also served as the Jury President at 1973 Cannes Film Festival. As part of the tribute to Bergman, the Swedish documentary ‘Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words’ was screened in the Cannes Classics section.

The Palm d’Or was awarded to the French film ‘Dheepan’ directed by Jaques Audiard. On winning the award Audiard said “To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I’m very touched”.

‘Standing Tall’ directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, was the festival’s opening film. This was the second opening film in the festival’s history to have been directed by a woman, after ‘A Man In Love’ by Diana Kurys wich opened the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Ice and the Sky’, directed by Luc Jaquet, was the festival’s closing film. Both the opening and closing films were selected for the strength and importance of their messages. Standing Tall’ for the way its themes respond to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and ‘Ice and the Sky’ for its concern for the future of the planet.

French film director Agnès Varda was presented with the honorary Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony. She is also the first female filmmaker to ever receive the award.

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