Paris Journalists attend Press Conference for 68th Festival de Cannes

Pierre Lescure and Jane photo credit Michel Ngu ,
Pierre Lescure  and Jane photo credit  Michel Ngu ,
Pierre Lescure and Jane
photo credit Michel Ngu ,

by Jane Rosenstein


To learn about the 68th Festival de Cannes from May 13, 2015 – May 24, 2015 and the list of films that were selected , the world’s largest film festival. there was a the press conference for journalists from Paris on April 16, 2015 at the UGC Normandie Theatre on the Champs Elyseee.

First I  stopped to admire the official poster for the 68th Cannes Festival featuring  a young Ingrid Bergman.  Then I headed into the theatre to hear Thierry Frémoux, General Director, and Pierre Lescure, the President of the Film Festival,  talk about the 68th Festival de Cannes and announce the films that were selected.    Hardly any good seats were left but I was lucky to have found  a seat with good visability near the front.

The films were selected primarily by three committees:  French Committee, Foreign Film committee and young people who volunteered to see the films. All films that were submitted were viewed. Please see the list below of the selected films for the official competition .  A few more will be added to the list.

  • Jacques Audriad    DHEEPAN  (TEMPORARY TITLE)
  •  Stéphane Brisé     LA LOI DE MARCHE  (MARKET FORCES)
  •   Valérie Donzelli           MARGUARITE ET JULIEN
  •  Matteo Garrone            IL RACCONTO DE RACCONTI (TALE OF TALES)
  • Todd Haynes               CAROL
  • Hsiao Hsien  Hou       NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASIN)
  •  Zhang-Ke Jia               SHAN HE GU REN (MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART)
  • Justin Kurzel      MACBETH
  • Yorgos Lanthimos         THE LOBSTER
  • Maiwenn         MON ROI ( MY KING)
  • Nanni Moretti       MIA MADRE (MY MOTHER)
  • Lazio Nemes          SAUL FIA (SAUL’S SON)
  • Paolo Sorrentino        YOUTH
  • Joachim Trier                 LOUDER THAN BOMBS
  • Gus Van Sant                  THE SEA OF TREES
  •  Denis Villeneuve              SICARRO
  •  Neeeraj Ghaywan           MASSAN
  •  Grimur Hakonarson         HRUTAR (RAMS)
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa          KISHIBE NO TABI (TOWARDS THE OTHER RIVER)
  • Laruent Larivière             JE SUIS UN SOLDAT ( I AM A SOLDIER)
  • Dalibor Matanic                 ZVIZDAN (BLAZING SUN) 
  • Roberto Minervini            THE OTHER SIDE 
  • Radu Muntean              UN ETAJ MAI JOS ( THE FLOOR BELOW)
  • Seung-Uk Oh               MU-ROE-HAN (THE SHAMELESS)
  • David Pablos               LAS ELEGIDAS (THE CHOSEN ONES)
  • Ida Porumboiu             NAHID
  • Corneliu Porumboiu     COMOARA (THE TREASURE)
  • Gurvinda Singh          CHAUTHI KOOT (THE FOURTH TRACT)
  • Suwon Shin                  MADONNA
  • Alice Winocour              MARYLAND

The opening film  will be Emmanuelle Bercot   LA TETE HAUTE.

There will also be special screenings and short films.

Pierre Lescure photo credit  Michel Ngu
Pierre Lescure
photo credit Michel Ngu

After the presentation I went on stage and listened as Pierre Lescure  remarked that ¨to succeed a film festival has to give the people in the whole world a desire to go to the cinema.¨

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He answered my question about how many films were submitted  by replying 1852. Then I asked how they chose the official  films.. He said that they chose 400 films and then picked the final ones. There will be a few more added to the list we received.

 After the presentation, the press was offered champagne, wine and soft drinks and snacks.

 The other journalists I spoke to were looking forward  to going to the 68th Festival de Cannes.

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