Spike Lee and Jodie Foster shine at the opening ceremony
Cannes (AP) .- The Cannes Film Festival kicked off the red carpet for the first time in more than two years yesterday, starting the event with the premiere of Leos Carreaux’s “Annette” on the French Riviera, a presentation by the presiding jury by Spike Lee , and high hopes of dealing with the pandemic and a one-year sentence for films.
The festival is at its 74th position. version, it was inaugurated with all the talent it could call for “Annette”, a musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard with a score from the duet Sparks.
Again at the ceremony were director Bong Joon Ho, winner of last year’s Palme d’Or for “Parasite”, and Jodie Foster, who first came to Cannes when she was 13 with Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”. And this year he received an honorary palm.
The occasion brought cinema stalwarts back to Cannes to celebrate the festival, which was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren and Bella Hadid walked the red carpet, again surrounded by photographers in tuxedos and curious onlookers.
“It’s nice to go out,” said Jodie Foster in French. “Long live France!” Lee shouted.
The festival was officially opened by Bong, Almodovar, Jodie Foster and Lee in a mix of Korean, Spanish, French and English. Over the next 10 days, Cannes will try to revive world cinema in a big way.
But Cannes has gone ahead with its lucrative red carpet exhibitions and regular schedule featuring many of the world’s most respected filmmakers, including Asghar Farhadi, Wes Anderson, Mia Hansen-Love and Paul Verhoeven.
Lee, who heads the jury selecting this year’s winning film, arrived in a “1619” baseball cap and tried to keep a low profile. “I’m not trying to be a pig,” he told reporters, urging him to ask questions to his fellow jurors.
But Lee’s presence was hard to ignore. His face as Mars Blackmon in the 1986 debut “She’s Gotta Have It,” which premiered at Cannes, is gracing the poster at the Palais des Festivals, the venue this year. Lee is the first black person to chair a Cannes jury.
Excited and smiling, Jodie Foster received the Palme d’Or honor at the Cannes Film Festival from Pedro Almodovar, who described her as an “extraordinary artist” who started out as a charming little girl and at one time Became a female filmmaker. was not so common. In the words of the actress, it is a great honor to receive this honour.
“It’s been over 45 years since ‘Taxi Driver’ won the Palme d’Or and I am very grateful to this place that started my career.”
The jury members enthusiastically defended the future of more inclusive cinema. This year’s competition featured four films directed by women, the highest number at Cannes, but they still represent a fraction of the 24 filmmakers, as measured by the Palme d’Or.