Cannes: A-Z of the croisette


À bientôt Cannes, see you next year!

Controversy on the Croisette, this year’s Cannes Film Festival (15 – 26 May 2013) is sadly, now over. The last champagne

cork has been popped and the great and good of the film world are sailing their yachts away from the Riviera.
If you are going to miss the most famous film festival bar none, here’s an A-Z of all things Cannes –

A – Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest ColourBlue is the Warmest Colour has won the festival’s Palme d’Or this year.

B – Brigitte Bardot and the bikini – it was Bardot who alerted the world to the existence of two piece swimsuit fashions whilst sunbathing during the Cannes festival in 1953. The Cannes beach is also famous for being the place where Sacha Baron Cohen unveiled his mankini at the 61st festival 50 years later.

C – Cinéfondation – a foundation created to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers in 1998. It shows about 15 short and medium length films during the festival at the Salle Buñuel.

D – Dolores del Río, the Mexican actress was the first woman to become part of the Cannes Jury.

E – Elisabetta Canalis, ex-girlfriend of George Clooney, appeared to be thrown from the side of a luxury yacht in a body bag as part of a publicity stunt by The Dictator’s Sacha Baron Cohen in 2012.

F – Fairy-tale love story – Grace Kelly was introduced to Monaco’s Prince Rainier at the 1954 festival. The rest, as they say, is history!

G – The Grand Prix – now, effectively, the runner up prize of the festival since it was replaced by the Palme d’Or.

H – Hitler – Lars von Trier, Melancholia’s director, said he sympathised with the Nazi leader at the festival in 2011 before being booted out!

I – In Bed with Madonna – the film that the Queen of Controversy was promoting when she arrived in Cannes in her iconic bra top at the 1991 festival.

J – Jean Cocteau was declared Honorary President for life in 1965 following his death.

K – Kidman (Nicole), on this year’s Jury alongside Steven Spielberg.

L – Leonardo DiCaprio, star of The Great Gatsby (dir. Baz Luhrmann) which is the opening film of this year’s 66th festival.

M – May, the month in which the festival has taken place every year since it was founded in 1946 .

N – The Bunker – the nickname given to the “new” Palais des Festivals et des Congrès when it was revealed in 1983. The former building’s roof blew off in a storm in 1949.

O – Olivia de Havilland was the festival’s first female President.

P – Palme d’Or is the festival’s highest prize. It was created in the 1950s and replaced the Grand Prix. The first Palme d’Or was won in 1955 by Delbert Mann for Marty.

Q – Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs is an independent section which runs in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. It was created after events in May 1968 brought about the cancellation of the main festival.

R – Red Carpet – an integral part of any festival. The Cannes one is trod by actors, directors and producers making their way to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

S – Steven Spielberg, this year’s President of the Jury.

T – Théâtre Lumière – where the 20 films competing for the Palme d’Or are projected.

U – Uggie – the canine star of The Artist – which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Jean Dujardin won best actor for his role in the film at the same festival.

V – Vincent Gallo’s film The Brown Bunny was famously described as the worst film in Cannes history by legendary film critic Ebert in 2003.

W – World War II – the inaugural festival scheduled for September 1, 1939 was shut down by Hitler the day his troops invaded Poland. And another W, William Dieterle’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the only film which managed to screen before it was closed until after the war.

X – X-rated – the way many of the sex scenes in this year’s Palme d’Or winner about two French lesbians – Blue is the Warmest Colour – have been described.

Y – Yachts – as synonymous with the festival as the films themselves.

Z – Zac Effron’s “Golden Shower” was the talk of the 2012 festival in The Paperboy.

À bientôt Cannes, see you next year!