Monday, 21 April 2014

2014 Cannes Film Festival poster and Official Selection

Next month sees the arrival of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and to promote the legendary film fest, this year's Cannes poster has been launched, showcasing its Fellini influenced shot of Marcello Mastroianni set to adorn La Croisette between May 14 and 25.





The poster is the handiwork of Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer partner Gilles Frappier, who delved deep into the Cannes' archives and pulled out Federico Fellini's 8½, part of the Official Selection back in 1963, and its star Mastroianni. It's certainly none-more-Cannes, and, says its designer, its understated style is in keeping with the spirit of the event.

"The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness," explains Chigioni. "The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together."

Chiara Mastroianni, the Italian great's daughter, said: "I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It's really him through and through."

This years Official Selection has also been announced, which includes several Festival regulars as well as some less familiar faces.

Overall it's a pretty strong selection, albeit mainly from directors who have appeared at the Festival multiple times before. Ken Loach (Jimmy's Hall), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye To Language), the Dardennes brothers (Two Days, One Night), David Cronenberg (Maps To The Stars) and Atom Egoyan (The Captive) are all regulars. In fact, Damián Szifron (Relatos Salvajes) and Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) are the only directors in the competition who are at the Festival for the first time.

Screening out of competition is How To Train Your Dragon 2, occupying the traditional big animated feature at Cannes spot. The Un Certain Regard section will also see the bow of Ryan Gosling's (Only God Forgives) directorial debut, now called Lost River and not How To Catch A Monster anymore. Fellow actors Mathieu Amalric (Cosmopolis) and Asia Argento (Marie Antoinette) also have directorial efforts screening in that strand.


Official Selection

Opening night film: Grace Of Monaco - Olivier Dahan

Sils Maria - Olivier Assayas

Saint Laurent - Bertrand Bonello

Kış Uykusu - Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Deux Jours, Une Nuit - Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Mommy - Xavier Dolan

The Captive - Atom Egoyan

Adieu au Langage - Jean-Luc Godard

The Search - Michel Hazanavicius

The Homesman - Tommy Lee Jones

Futatsume No Mado - Naomi Kawase

Mr Turner - Mike Leigh

Jimmy's Hall - Ken Loach

Foxcatcher - Bennett Miller

Le Meraviglie - Alice Rohrwacher

Timbuktu - Abderrahmane Sissako

Relatos Salvajes - Damián Szifron

Leviafan - Andrey Zvyagintsev


Out Of Competition

Coming Home - Zhang Yimou

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Dean DeBlois

Les Gens Du Monde - Yves Jeuland


Un Certain Regard

Opener: Party Girl - Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Amour Fou - Jessica Hausner

Bird People - Pascale Ferran

The Blue Room - Mathieu Amalric

Charlie's Country - Rolf de Heer

A Girl At My Door - July Jung

Eleanor Rigby - Ned Benson

Fantasia - Wang Chao

Force Majeure - Ruben Ostlund

Harcheck Mi Headro - Keren Yedaya

Hermosa Juventud - Jaime Rosales

Incompresa - Asia Argento

Jauja - Lisandro Alonso

Lost River - Ryan Gosling

Run - Philippe Lacote

Salt Of The Earth - Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Snow In Paradise - Andrew Hulme

Titli - Kanu Behl

Xenia - Panos Koutras


Midnight Screenings

The Rover - David Michod

The Salvation - Kristian Levring

The Target - Yoon Hong-seung


Special Screenings

The Bridges Of Sarajevo - various directors

Maidan - Sergei Loznitsa

Red Army - Polsky Gabe

Silvered Water - Mohammed Ossama and Wiam Bedirxan

Caricaturistes - Fantassins De La Democratie - Stephanie Valloatto

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