Cosmopolis at Cannes: Official Film Site Press Release

From the official Cosmopolis film site, Cosmopolisthefilm.com

David Cronenberg’s much anticipated film starring ROBERT PATTINSON will have its World Premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival running from 16-27 May 2012.

The film will play in Competition which is the most prestigious section at the festival and is one of the films that will compete for the Palme D’Or.

Cronenberg’s new project assembled a remarkable cast, headed by Robert Pattinson in the leading role, and some of the most amazing contemporary stars, including Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand, Samantha Morton, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire and Patricia Mckenzie.

World famous Howard Shore, and Oscar winner composer for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy soundtrack, is also involved in COSMOPOLIS, as well as David Cronenberg’s regular cinematographer, Peter Suschitzky, renowned for his works in “Empire Strikes Back” or “Crash”. COSMOPOLIS is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s story about a 28 year-old billionaire who crosses Manhattan for a haircut.

The other films that are in competition with Cosmopolis for the prestigious Palme d’ Or are:
Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard)
Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)
Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg)
The Paperboy (dir. Lee Daniels)
Killing Them Softly (dir. Andrew Dominik)
Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone)
Love (Amour) (dir. Michael Haneke)
Lawless (dir. John Hillcoat)
In Another Country (Da-Reun Na-Ra-E-Suh) (dir. Sangsoo Hong)
Taste of Money (dir. Sangsoo Im)
Like Someone In Love (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
The Angels’ Share (dir. Ken Loach)
Beyond the Hills (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
Baad el Mawkeaa Apres la Bataille) (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
Mud (dir. Jeff Nichols)
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu) (dir. Alain RESNAIS)
Post Tenebras Lux (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
On the Road (dir. Walter Salles)
Paradies: Liebe (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
The Hunt (Jagten) (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Im Nebel (Dans la Brume) (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)

 

This will be the 65th year of the Cannes International Film festival. First held in 1946, the festival was developed by the French Minister of Education and Fine Arts Jean Zay, as a way to have an international cultural event in France.

At first the festival was just another event, but later on as stars such as Kirk Douglas, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant began to make appearances, it began to gain its international and prestigious reputation.

Films are screened at the festival by invitation only. In addition to In Competition, where the 20 selected films are representative of “arthouse cinema with a wide audience appeal”, a film can be selected in the following catagories: Un Certain Regard (original aim and aesthetic), Out of Competition, Special Screening, Cinefondation (15 short to medium films from film schools over the world) and Short Films. 1955 marked the first year that the Palme d’ Or was awarded to the best film in competition.

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