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Cannes 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch officially in competition

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Cannes Film Festival found a last-minute berth for the undead as Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive was announced as a late entry in this year’s competition.
Described by its director as “a crypto-vampire love story”, the film joins 19 other titles in the race for the festival’s crowning Palme d’Or award.

Only Lovers Left Alive stars the British actors Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as an underground musician and his enigmatic lover of several centuries, while the supporting cast includes John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright and Mia Wasikowska.

The film is about love in the end” Hiddleston said recently “And time, and our creative power.”

He added: “When I was making it, it raised an interesting question for me which is; we have a limited time on this planet and every day we face a choice as to how we use that time, and spend that time most effectively and usefully for ourselves and for the world.
But if you had an endless stretch of time, how would you use it and what would you choose to become expert at? You could become a concert pianist, you could become a fantastic artist….I found it a really interesting exploration.”

Elsewhere, The Last of the Unjust, a documentary from 87-year-old Claude Lanzmann, will given a slot outside the main competition. Reports suggest that the film follows on from Lanzmann’s most famous work – the 1985 holocaust documentary Shoah – by focusing on the experiences of rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein, the “Jewish elder” at the Thersienstadt concentration camp.

Three new titles were also announced for the Un Certain Regard section – My Sweet Pepperland, Tore Tanzt and Wakolda.

Jarmusch, 60, is a longtime favourite of the Cannes film festival. He won the Camera d’Or award for 1984’s Stranger Than Paradise, his first major film, while 1989’s Mystery Train was commended for “best artistic achievement”. The director was last in competition with Broken Flowers, which won the Grand Prix award back in 2005

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2013

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Cannes Film Festival reaches its 66th edition in 2013 which will take place May 15th to 26th, the day when the official prizes are awarded for this edition, including the Palme d’Or for best film.

Godmother of the opening and closing ceremonies is the French actress Audrey Tautou, famous throughout the world for the title role of “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie” by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Opening film, out of competition, is The Great Gatsby, the new 3D version of the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald signed by Baz Luhrmann. It is the second time that the director opens Cannes: the first was in 2001 with Moulin Rouge.
On Montée des Marches the main actors will parade : Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. The film released in Italy on the day after the screening on the Croisette, May 16.

CURIOSITY ABOUT THE OFFICIAL POSTER:
The official poster of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taken from a picture of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman during the shooting of “A New Kind of Love”, by director Melville Shavelson in 1963, is seen in this handout image released to Reuters on April 18, 2013.
Organizers announced the competing films at a news conference in Paris April 18, 2013.
Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month’s Cannes Film Festival after organisers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films. The films to be shown at the world’s most important cinema showcase were announced in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees underneath a huge video screen of this year’s Cannes poster – Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward curled up kissing.

A JURY DREAM

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There is little to say about the “commission” that will award the Palme d’Or and other official prizes at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
If Steven Spielberg was already an outstanding name as Chairman, the other eight jurors form a  truly remarkable jury.

Three names stand out immediately, first of all to Nicole Kidman. The rumor about the presence of the actress in Jury turned to weeks, and here it is, officially confirmed.

The other two names known to the general public, are those of Ang Lee, two-time Academy Award for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi”, and Christopher Waltz, actor twice Oscar for “Inglourious Basterds” (with whom he also won the Palm for Best Actor in 2009) and “Django Unchained”.
Equally notable are the other five jurors: Cristian Mungiu, Golden Palm for “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days” and prize for the screenplay of “Beyond the Hills”; Daniel Auteuil, beloved French actor of “36” and “Caché”; Lynne Ramsay ,director of “We Need to Talk about Kevin”. Naomi Kawase, Japanese director winner of the Camera d’Or with Moe no suzaku and the Grand Jury Prize with “The Mourning Forest”; Vidya Balan, Indian actress.

Sources : The Guardian – Cineblog

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