The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or simply Festival de Cannes), is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France.  Founded in 1946, it is arguably the world’s most prestigious and publicized film festival.  This, the 65th edition, will take place from May 16 to May 27, 2012. The President of the Jury this time around is Italian film director Nanni Moretti.

As an FYI:  The Marche du Film (“Film Market”) is the business portion of the Festival de Cannes, and one of the largest film markets in the world.  Established in 1959, it is held annually in conjunction with the festival.  More than 11,000 participants and around 4,000 films will be shopped around this year.

The invitation-only festival, and other related festival events and markets, are held annually, usually in May, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congress.   The storied location is a unique convention space first built in 1949, and relocated and rebuilt in 1979 at its current waterfront location.

This year’s Festival will open With Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”, his latest featuring a pair of young lovers that flee their New England town, causing a local search party to band together and find them.  Other featured films include “Killing them Softly” a mob pick starring Brad Pitt, and “Lawless”, an American Prohibition-era saga directed by Australian John Hillcoat. 3 Film “Masterclasses” and a selection of “Cannes Classics” are also amongst the many offerings to 2012 festival attendees.

To complete your Cannes tutorial, be sure to dig on the official Cannes Website for the complete lineup of films and events.


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