Baz Luhrmann gives his take on an American classic in his latest dazzler, The Great Gatsby, which will open the Festival de Cannes next week. The film opens in the United States this weekend.
France presented the Hong Kong filmmaker with one of its highest arts honors; Fox and Cannes will fete the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra; Helen Mirren wails on some drummers; and TIFF is set to celebrate 100 years of Chinese cinema.
Only Lovers Left Alive will compete for the Palme d'Or and more titles were announced for Un Certain Regard and out of competition sections. Also: Zach Braff cashes in on Kickstarter; Jon Favreau returns to indie roots; Tom Hooper to head Shanghai jury; and this weekend's Specialty newcomers.
Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee are among the eight selected for this year's Cannes jury; Gus Van Sant reportedly shot a steamy scene in hopes of winning the director's chair on Fifty Shades of Grey; Nantucket Film Festival unveils its lineup; Zach Braff turns to crowd-funding; and Metallica goes IMAX.
Kim Novak will be this year's special guest in Cannes, celebrating a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Also: Bernardo Bertolucci's Me And You receives an award; GLAAD hands out its honors; Tribeca honors filmmakers; and Filly Brown scores at the box office.
Cannes Critics' Week unveiled seven features and 10 shorts set for this year's Competition. Out of competition, Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne will open the sidebar, while David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints joins the selection as a Special Screening.
Sofia Coppola's latest will hit Cannes. Also in today's digest: Baz Luhrmann talks The Great Gatsby; David O. Russell's latest gets a title; and Sundance fave C.O.G. heads to theaters.