CANNES 2012 DIARY: Snapshots from the Festival

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.25.2012

As the Cannes Film Festival winds down, take a look back with these photos from the past 10 days:


Outside the busy Palais des Festivals in Cannes on what turned out to be a rare sunny day at the festival this year. Many of us probably talked too much about the weather, but the persistent storms were a surprise. Veterans who have been coming to this festival for decades said they'd never seen weather like this in Cannes. The downpour on the first weekend even damaged one of the temporary theater structures and washed out many of the evening screenings on a nearby beach. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Every day young people stand outside the Palais, dressed in their evening best, holding signs that announce which screening they're hoping to gain access to. There always seem to be way more kids with signs than actual tickets. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux inside the Agora tent, site of many festival dinners and events throughout the week. Here's he's welcoming guests to a party celebrating this year's Festival focus on Brazil. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Daniel Jobim, grandson of the late Tom Jobim at the piano performing at the festival's Brazil celebration, singing with two of Brazil's great filmmakers, Music According to Tom Jobim director Nelson Pereira dos Santos (left) and Carlos Diegues. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Jean-Louis Trintignant, the star of Michael Haneke's Amour has been praised for one of the best performances of the week. Here he is arriving for this week's press conference for the film, enjoying the adulation from the journalists in the packed media gathering. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Talking On The Road (left to right): Kristen Stewart, Garrett Headlund and Kirsten Dunst, with filmmaker Walter Salles and co-star Sam Riley nearby. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Here's Ken Loach (center), director of the warmly received competition comedy Angels' Share alongside whisky master (turned actor) Charlie MacLean and lead actor Paul Brannigan. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Carlos Reygadas, director of Post Tenebras Lux. More on the film in a FilmLinc Cannes Diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Matteo Garrone (center) director of Reality. More on the film in a recent FilmLinc Cannes Diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Wes Anderson, director of the opening night film Moonrise Kingdom, arriving for his press conference. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


On the beach with Anne Thompson (left) is Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


The kids from Michael Gondry's The We and The I, many of whom had never been on a plane before their brief trip to Cannes. Pictured: Raymond Delgado, Brandon Diaz, Jillian Rice, Laidychen Carrasco, Jonathan Ortiz, Alex Barrios and Michael Brodie. More in a FilmLinc Cannes Diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Shailene Woodley, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Ludivine Sagnier, Diane Kruger and Joana Vicente chatting by the pool at an extravagant bash celebrating women in film at the Cannes festival on a year when there was not a single film by a woman in competition at the festival. More in a FilmLinc Cannes diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Kylie Minogue and Léos Carax sitting down to talk about Carax's return to feature filmmaking after more than a dozen years, Holy Motors. More in a FilmLinc Cannes diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Denis Lavant, a frequent partner in crime with Léos Carax, poses for a fan at the fest press conference. More on the film in a FilmLinc Cannes Diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Preparing for the press conference for The Paperboy in Cannes are moderator Henri Behar (left) and publicist Wellington Love (center). Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Lee Daniels, director of The Paperboy, with stars Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. More on the film in a FilmLinc Cannes Diary entry. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Alexandre Desplat at an insightful Cannes masterclass about film music earlier this week. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Jeremy Irons chats with Annette Insdorf and a festival attendee about the new documentary Trashed. Photo by Eugene Hernandez


Meet the Jury! The men and women who will decide the winner of the Palme d'Or and other awards gathered for the annual press lunch hosted by the Mayor of Cannes. Nanni Moretti (center) took the spotlight during a brief photo op. Also pictured (left to right): Ewan MacGregor, Raoul Peck, Diane Kruger, Thierry Fremaux, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hiam Abbas, Alexander Payne and Andrea Arnold. Photo by Eugene Hernandez

Eugene Hernandez is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (@filmlinc) and a founder of indieWIRE. Follow him on Twitter at @eug.

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