The Cannes Film Festival will open on May 15 with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. To play out of competition, the movie is bound to set Cannes on an exciting 12-day cruise along the Mediterranean Sea with the fizz of Champagne and the finest of cheese. Adding luminosity to the evening’s Red Carpet will the film’s director, Australia’s Luhrmann, and principal star cast, Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained, J. Edgar and Shutter Island, while his Titanic remains an all-time favourite), Tobey Maguire (the Spiderman series and The Good German) and Carey Mulligan (Public Enemies and Brothers).
The opening evening at Cannes will have one Indian attraction, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan (along with American pop star, rapper Jay-Z). Although had an Indian movie opened Cannes, it would have made perfect sense for the Focus India which the Festival plans this time. Hopefully, some good Indian cinema in the days to follow will pep up the country’s mood.
The Great Gatsby will be screened in 3D, only the second time the Festival is adopting this format after Up by Pete Docter in 2009.
The Great Gatsby has been adapted from one of America’s most famous literary works by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, and it unfolds against the roaring 1920s on the eastern coast of the United States – tracing the tragic life of romantic Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). Maguire portrays Gatsby’s friend, Nick Carraway, who will the film’s “sutradhar
Some of the novel’s most poignant passages were penned by Fitzgerald a short distance away from Cannes, at a villa outside St. Raphael. The book was published in 1925.
Luhrmann – born in Australia in 1962 – was honoured by the Festival on two other occasions, Strictly Ballroom in 1992 and later Moulin Rouge in 2009. The Nicole Kidman starrer, Moulin Rouge, opened Cannes that year. (Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered the Cannes Film Festival for over two decades, and he will return there this May.)