Cannes Film Festival ignites French Riviera

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Stars from DreamWorks’ “How To Train Your Dragon 2” answer questions.

The 67th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday this week, in what’s considered one of the most prestigious cinema events in the world. While the Oscars ceremony is still top dog, Cannes has to compete for importance with other major gatherings like the Venice, Toronto, and Sundance film festivals. However, the French festival is definitely known as the most free-spirited and imaginatively unchained of them all.

About 30,000 entertainment industry insiders attend Cannes, with a mix of A-list actors, producers, and directors mingling alongside fresh and independent talent.

Over the decades, its rewards have become more exclusive, especially the Palme d’Or top prize that rivals the Oscars. Winning it is no smooth road, either, since Cannes is known for its speak-your-mind, throw-down-the-gauntlet atmosphere of artistic wildness.

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival opened with Nicole Kidman portraying the classic actress Grace Kelly in the movie Grace of Monaco. As for this year’s guest of honor, it’s Sophia Loren, who is Italy’s most famous actress and was a major international film star of the 1950s. She is excited to present her son’s short film La voce umana (The Human Voice), in which the Oscar-winning actress herself starred. Then, there’s a few actor-turned-directors to watch out for, like Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, which he worked on with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep, and Ryan Gosling’s Lost River.

Images courtesy of Festival de Cannes – Page Officielle Facebook.