Cartooning for Peace Auction
Witty and incisive sketches of legendary directors and films from cinematic history will be sold at auction on Monday 20th May in aid of Cartooning for Peace. The artist Plantu and Kofi Annan lie behind the creation in 2008 of this group of press illustrators. Its aim: to fight against all forms of intolerance and defend freedom of expression. An associated exhibition of 80 drawings will be on display at the Palais des Festivals from 15th to 26th May.
The Guests of Cannes Classics
In memory of Jean Cocteau, who died 50 years ago, Arielle Dombasle will be presenting Opium, her contemporary musical comedy which tells of the director's ill-fated love affairs in the early 1920s. A restored copy of Beauty and the Beast (1946) will also be screened as part of Cannes Classics. In addition, the Festival will celebrate, with a restored copy, the 40th anniversary of The Big Feast by Marco Ferreri, attended by Michel Piccoli and the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg will be celebrated by a screening in the presence of Agnès Varda. Kim Novak will present a restored copy of Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock before a prize-giving at the Closing Ceremony. Finally, to mark the centenary of the birth of René Clément, the Festival will welcome Alain Delon for the screening of the restored version of Plein Soleil (1960).
Spotlight on Indian Cinema
In the footsteps of Egypt in 2011 and Brazil in 2012, the Festival this year shines a light on another great film-producing country: India. A major delegation will be present to mark of the centenary of the film industry in the country of Bollywood. India this year boasts three films in the Official Selection: Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar, Bombay Talkies by Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, and Charulata by Satyajit Ray. Steven Spielberg's jury will also include the Indian actress Vidya Balan while actress and director Nandita Das will form part of the Jury for Short Films and the Cinéfondation.
Jerry Lewis in attendance
The career of the American actor, director and producer Jerry Lewis, famed for his role in The King of Comedy, (1983), by Martin Scorsese, will be honoured at the screening of Max Rose, the first film by Daniel Noah in which he plays an old jazz pianist who suddenly loses his wife.
Portraits of filmmakers
This year will once again see past masters and up-and-coming names from a wide variety of backgrounds offering up their visions of the truth, their emotions and their stories. The Festival has chosen to honour the filmmakers whose works make up the 2013 collection with an unexpected exhibition of their portraits. Head for the Lumière and Debussy foyers at the Palais.
Special screening for secondary school students
As in past years, the Festival de Cannes is offering secondary school students from the PACA region the chance to attend an exclusive screening. They will discover Né quelque part, the first film by Mohamed Hamidi, with Jamel Debbouze, who will both attend a special screening to take place on Tuesday 21st May at 2.00 p.m. at the Salle du Soixantième in the presence of the film team.