This year a female director will open the Cannes Film Festival. La Tête haute (Standing Tall), a film by Frenchwoman, Emmanuelle Bercot, will open the 68th edition of the Festival de Cannes on Wednesday May 13. Bercot is the second female director to launch the event after Diane Kurys in 1987. The French drama “Standing Tall” was chosen as response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
There are 20 movies competing for the Palme d’Or. Last year Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish drama Winter Sleep won the prestigious Palme d’Or award.
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors, screenwriters and producers, will be the two Presidents of the Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes. It will be the first time that the President of the Jury role will be shared by two people. The Coen brothers will each get a separate vote. They won the Palme d’Or in 1991 together with Barton Fink.
This year the Coen Brothers will be joined by seven key figures in world cinema from Canada, Spain, the United States, France, Mali, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The Jury will thus be made up of nine distinctive voices - four women and five men. The jury consists of Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller,Rokia Traoré, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Swedish Hollywood actress Ingrid Bergman is the star of the official festival poster. She is best known for movies such as Casablanca, Spellbound and Notorious. She was also Cannes jury president in 1973.
Luc Jacquet, director of the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins will present his fourth feature film, Ice and the Sky, as Closing Film of the 68th Festival de Cannes on Sunday May 24 in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals.