It is that time of the year again! Cannes Film Festival 2019, along with some of the best cinematic work done across the world, is set to roll. Like every year, the Cannes red carpet will also witness an extraordinary fashion splash, with the who's who of showbiz from all corners of the globe dropping in. The prestigious festival is about to begin on Tuesday night and will continue till 25th May.
And before we head towards the big night, let us briefly tell you what the gala is about and how it started.
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Formerly knows as the International Fim Festival, Cannes is an annual festival, held in France. Founded in 1946, it is considered to be one of the 'big three' i.e. world's three most prestigious film festivals, with Berlin International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival being the other two.
Late French politician Jean Zay who served as the Minister of National Education and Fine Arts, in 1932, set up an international cinematographic festival. The first chapter of Cannes Film Festival was planned in 1939 but the progress came to a standstill thanks to a fund crunch, followed by World War II. In 1946, finally, 21 countries participated in the very first chapter of the festival with their films. Since then, it has gone through significant formative changes, including being shifted to Spring in order to avoid a clash with the Venice Film Festival. In between, in the years of 1948 and 1950, the festival could not be held due to monetary issues.
Eminent personalities such as actor Gilles Jacob, writer Maurice Bessy, journalist Robert Favre Le Bret and actor, and actor Sophia Loren have chaired important posts of the festival committee. The Cannes 2019 Jury Committee is being headed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Nearly 40 films from around 20 countries are in the competitive categories (Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard). Around ten short films are also contending in the Short Film Palme d'Or category. A section called Cinéfondation is dedicated to short films made by students. American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die is going be this year's opening film.
Watch this space for the freshest updates from Cannes 2019!