The 64th Cannes film festival will unroll here today with Woody Allen’s romantic comedy, Midnight in Paris. The movie is about a family that goes to Paris on business and how two young people engaged to be married share exciting experiences there that change their lives.
The festival, to run till May 22, will screen about 50 films from 33 countries, including India. Forty-four will be world premieres and 20 will vie for the famed Palm D’Or to be decided by a nine-member Robert De Niro-led jury that will have among others, Jude Law and Uma Thurman.
Shekhar Kapoor’s, Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the sole Indian movie in the festival’s official sections will not, however, be part of the competition lineup.
Much as Mumbai and its Bollywood has been enamouring masses, both at home and outside, Cannes has been even more magical. And as the festival’s General Delegate, Thierry Fremaux, says, "Between Allen’s opening shot, Midnight in Paris and Christophe Honore’s closing film The Beloved, Cannes will deploy its charm, its mysteries and its traditions".
An exhilarating swirl through people and places awaits us in the next 12 days.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will be covering the Cannes Film Festival)