Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes  Film Festival will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this yeay. The 70th annual Film Fesitval is scheduled to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017. Spanish film director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar has been selected as the President of the Jury for the festival with Italian actress Monica Bellucci hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. Ismael’s Ghosts, directed by French director Arnaud Desplechin,  has been selected as the opening film for the festival.

The official poster of the festival revealed featuring Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. The actress responded:

I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes, and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around … Happy anniversary!

Claudia Cardinale

Today 60 years ago, Her Highness the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III arrivés, as a guest of honer, at the opening of The 10th Cannes  Film Festival, 1957 with her step grandson Her Highness prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

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Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III and Karim Aga Khan IV arrive at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1957

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan Cannes Film Festival

Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III is greeted by Mrs William Wyler at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1957.

Her Higness La Bégum used to assemble the members of the Cannes film festival jury, and many national and international movie stars, at her villa Yakymour , on a hillside at Avenue Victoria, Le Cannet, above Cannes.

The 10th Cannes Film Festival was held on 2-17 May 1957. The Palmed d’Or went to the Friendly Persuasion by William Wyler. The festival opened with Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Anderson.

The Begum and the Cannes Film Festival, 1966

Sophia Loren, President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury, visits Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III at her villa Yakymour, Le Cannet, on May 18, 1966.

Today, 50 years ago, Sophia Loren and the President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury (right), visits Her Highness The Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III and her father Adrian Labrousse (left) at the Begum‘s villa Yakymour, Le Cannet, on May 18, 1966.

Her Higness La Bégum used to assemble every year the members of the Cannes film festival jury, and many national and international movie stars.

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.