All eyes will turn to the south of France with the upcoming 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. This annual film festival will take place from May 16 to May 27, 2012 in the beautiful city of Cannes, France.
This is the most famed film festival in the world. This year's awards, set in the French Riviera, are set to make a splash. The official poster for the Cannes Film Festival will honor the late, great Marilyn Monroe. Officials selected this beautiful actress because this year marks five decades since her passing.
Film buffs will be eager to learn about the impressive line-up for this year's festival. President of the Jury for the main part of the Cannes Film Festival Competition will be Nanni Moretti, who is a film director from Italy. British actor Tim Roth will serve as president of the jury for the section of the festival known as Un Cetain Regard. French actress Benenice Bejo will host the opening and closing ceremonies.
The film Moonrise Kingdom will open the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Moonrise Kingdom is an American film that was directed by Wes Anderson. Claude Miller's Thérèse Desqueyroux is set to close this year's festival.
This year's line-up caught the attention of industry observers when the films were announced in mid-April. Some criticized the selection of the festival saying there were too many Hollywood films included. Another thing pointed out by observers is that no woman director nor a first-time director were included in the main competition of the festival.
Criticisms aside, Cannes will continue to be a hot spot during the upcoming festival. On average, 200,000 people come to Cannes for the event. The Cannes Film Festival is only open to those within the film industry. It's not open to the public. Yet the events will attract hundreds of fans to Cannes hoping to catch a view of their favorite star. Cannes will soon be packed with well-known directors, stars and other famous celebrities who will walk the red carpet in what is certain to be a parade of amazing fashions from the best designers in the world.
The Cannes Film Festival takes place over two weeks. It includes a variety of films from various genres. The top award is known as Palme d'Or, meaning Golden Palm. This is for the "Best Film." Of course, there many other awards. Two of the most highly watched are for best actress and best actor.
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