Festival de Cannes 2011 – Movies and Events Schedule

by Iain Alexander

The south of France is buzzing with activity as final preparations are made for the Festival de Cannes.

With a long list of movies hailing from Asia to America, this year’s festival has that extra popcorn feel thanks to hype surrounding some of the movies in and out of the competition.

Opening the film festival tomorrow night is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which stars Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Carla-Bruni Sarkozy. During the filming in Paris, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy was criticized for her lack of “acting skills”, as it took more than 20 takes to finish her scene. Woody Allen defended criticism from the media, but will she appear in the final cut?

Midnight in Paris Trailer

The Presidential turn of this festival is sure to bring that added security that we saw when Bill Clinton was in town. Will Nicolas Sarkozy make a red carpet appearance?

Outside of the competition and red carpet screenings, the festival boasts many events such as the annual Producer’s Network gathering, the Short Film Corner happy hours (free drinks and thousands of indie filmmakers standing on a dizzying green carpet) and the international pavilions.

Tents are lined up on the beach, from the American Pavilion with celebrity interviews and luncheons to the “Plages De Palmes”, a secluded meeting point with free ice cream, champagne and anything else.

If you have the good fortune of being an insider to the big parties like Vanity Fair’s and top events including AMFAR at the Hotel Du Cap, you are guaranteed to see major stars, public figures and even political leaders.