Vive la Cannes!

Published on website: May 14, 2012
Categories: Industry , Kai Langner , The StoryBoard Blog

The 65th Festival de Cannes is set to begin May16. This small, seaside town has hosted the worldwide premieres of many of the most-celebrated feature films in history, including this year's Oscar®-winning Best Picture,The Artist.

Kodak is proud to have a long history and presence at the Cannes International Film Festival, which is evident once again when you look at the titles in this year's main competition. Over half the movies selected for competition this year were shot on Kodak film.

Opening the festival is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which was artfully captured on Super 16mm by his frequent collaborator Robert Yeoman, ASC. This film is an amusing tale of two young runaways in love that takes place at a scout camp in 1965. Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, and Edward Norton star alongside newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

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Director Ken Loach, who won the 2006 Palme d'Or for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, brings the bittersweet comedy The Angels' Share to Cannes. Shot by Robbie Ryan, BSC, The Angels' Share is the story of new dad Robbie (Paul Brannigan) who narrowly avoids jail, and vows to turn over a new leaf.


The Paperboy, based on Pete Dexter's crime novel, follows a reporter and his young brother as they investigate the events surrounding a murder in an attempt to exonerate a man on death row. The thriller, shot on Super 16 by Roberto Schaefer, AIC, ASC, has an all-star cast including Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nick Nolte, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.

On the Road, directed by Walter Salles and shot by Eric Gautier, AFC, is the screen adaptation the Jack Kerouac’s novel about the Beat Generation. Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, and Sam Riley star.


 Vous n’avez Encore Rien Vu(You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet) was directed by Alain Resnais with images also by Gautier. In this comedy, a celebrated playwright gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play. Do life, death and love after death still have any place on a theater stage? It’s up to them to decide.

In Killing Them Softly, the Mob's poker game is knocked off by petty thieves, so they call in their best enforcer (Brad Pitt) to make things right. His assignment is complicated by those he comes up against along the way. Director Andrew Dominik teamed with Greig Fraser, ACS on this crime thriller.


Warwick Thornton, 2009 Caméra d'Or winner for Samson and Delilah, is director of photography for The Sapphires. Inspired by a true story, four young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission in Australia are given their first real gig entertaining US troops in Vietnam.


The Sundance-winner Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin and photographed on Kodak Super 16 by Ben Richardson, will also screen at Cannes. Beasts features Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, who lives with her father, Wink, in "the Bathtub" a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. The film releases in theaters June 29.


Other titles in the main competition, we're also proud to have on Kodak film, include Reality, Tumane (In the Fog), Beyond the Hills, Mud, Post Tenebras Lux, and Paradies: Liebe.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers whose work was chosen to be part of the legendary Cannes International Film Festival. Kodak looks forward to seeing what next great masterpiece will be discovered along the French Riviera.

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