2013 Cannes Film Festival

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival was held in the South of France from May 15 through May 26, 2013. Every year, actors and actresses from around the world attend the most prestigious festival honoring the craft of cinema. On opening night, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, was screened to lukewarm reviews. However, that would not dampen the mood of the festival—even though it rained almost every day. For the next eleven days, films from the official selection premiered; actors, directors, and producers attended the premieres for their movies, and were subject to being booed or praised by the audience after the screening. The official selection consisted of three sections: In Competition, Un Certain Regard, and Out of Competition. Juries, which were made up of admirable persons in the film world, were present for the In Competition and the Un Certain Regard. Each section had a jury, which voted for the best film, actor, actress, and director for movies that were screened during the festival. Steven Spielberg was the president of the jury for the In Competition section. He, along with Christoph Waltz, Nicole Kidman and others, gave out the Palme d’Or and Grand Prix, which is first and second place, respectively, for competing films. The Palme d’Or, which is the most prestigious award any director can receive at the festival, was given to Abdellatif Kechiche for his controversial film, Blue is the Warmest Color. In an unexpected move, the jury also gave the two main actresses in his film, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulous, an Honorary Palme d’Or. For the Grand Prix, American directors Joel and Ethan Coen were handed this award for Inside Llewyn Davis, a depressing tale about a struggling musician in the 1950s. Best Actor and Best Actress were given to American actor Bruce Dern and French actress Berenice Bejo, respectively. Although the festival contained many spectacular films that many will enjoy, there are high hopes that next year’s festival will continue on that tradition.