Cannes International Film Festival preview

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Ryan Gosling… the director? This should be interesting.

The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France. The event previews new films of all genres, but is mostly known for its documentaries. This year, the guests scheduled to shine at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival are Ryan Gosling, Jean-Luc Godard, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Gosling has come a long way since starring as America’s dreamy crush in The Notebook. Now, he’s making his directorial debut at the Cannes International Film Festival with his flick Lost River. Despite not being up for any awards, critics and fans have named the movie as the most anticipated screening of the event. Set in a distant, vanishing city, a single mother of two is swept into a dark underworld. It’s up to her 18-year-old son to find an escape route and save her.

Next up is Frenchman Jean-Luc Godard and his movie Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language).  The 81-year-old director explores cinema’s desperate search to master the 3D “language.” He also explained that the film would help tell the story of 3D interaction, by following a man and his wife who no longer speak the same language. I’m already confused, so I guess we’ll have to wait to see it in action.

Lastly, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is up for the Cannes International Film Festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or award. His film, Winter Sleep, is the final installment in his three part drama set in Anatolia, Turkey. Choosing to keep the plot a secret, the award winning Ceylan joked that Winter Sleep was… about humans. Thanks for being so specific, Ceylan! Maybe he and Godard can have mysterious convos with each other.

The festival will run from May 14 to 25, and will have 18 high-ranked films competing against one another.

Featured image courtesy of Festival de Cannes Facebook.