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Nowadays the Cannes Film Festival is not only about the films

The 71st Year of the Film Festival in Cannes Heads into Finals

Jana Fikotová
18.May 2018
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Cate Blanchett

As soon as this Saturday at the theatre Grand Theatre Lumière the luxury award, Golden Palm, is to find its owner. Soon after, the films will fly to all corners of the world to be enjoy by the local movie fans. In the Czech Republic, films will be projected already on Thursday, when the first to come to the silver screen will be the luxury sci-fi adventure, Solo: Star Wars Story from director Ron Howard.

Which film is the favourite to win the Golden Palm award?

The best picture to win the luxurious prize is selected by a jury at the forefront with Australian actress, Cate Blanchett out of 21 competing feature films. The main favourites are films Cold War by Pole Pawel Pawlikowský, Lazzaro felice (Happy Lazzaro) by Italian documentarist, Alice Rohrwacher, Manbiki kazoku (Shoplifters) by Japanese creator Hirokazu Kore-Edy or BlacKkKlansman by American Spike Lee.

The film presentation will be concluded by projection of the luxury picture, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which is a free inspiration of the novel of Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes. The picture of acclaimed American director, Terry Gilliam, former member of the British comedy group, Monty Python, nearly failed to be projected at the French Riviera due to luxurious legal disputes.

Vila na prodej - Klánovice - 465m
Vila na prodej - Klánovice - 465m, Praha 9

And the worst film is...

While in Cannes it is still not clear who the winner is, the worst film is already known. Director Lars von Trier, who was allowed to return after a period of seven years from the incident where in Cannes he expressed his sympathy for Hitler, caused great outrage by his novelty about a serial killer "The House That Jack Built". Although the main part is played by American actor Matt Dillon, Swiss veteran, Bruno Ganz and famous Uma Thurman the film is nothing but sad reality snippets of perversion, murdering, weapons and militants. In many instances it created the impression that we find ourself just before the start of the war. 

The subject of gender equality

This year of the film festival in Cannes was not just a parade of various luxury movies, actors or precious gowns, but there was also a greater issue. This time round it was most of all devoted to gender equality. According to their words, in the future, the organisers want to focus on greater balance between the competing films depending on whether they were created by a man or a woman. The actress as well as female directors in Cannes also supported the campaign against sexism #MeToo. It is precisely in Cannes, that 20 years ago American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, supposedly raped one of the actresses. This affair then stood at the beginning of the global campaign against sexual harassment.

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