theSkimm's Guide to

THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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THE STORY

Hollywood’s taking a vacay in the French Riviera and the closest you’ll get is watching Entourage Season 4. Bonjour, Cannes.

HOW DO I PRONOUNCE IT?

Can. Like a can of beer. Famous and exclusive beer.

WHAT IS IT?

An annual film festival in Cannes, France that’s like Sundance -- minus ski boots, plus yachts. It’s one of the most prestigious and largest international film fests in the world. For Hollywood vets, it’s a family reunion. For aspiring filmmakers, it’s a very stylish rocket ship. This festival helped launch the careers of people like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh.

BUT HOW?

Unlike the Oscars, anyone can submit a film for consideration. But most of the films need to meet a few requirements. Like being produced within the last year, not being shown on the Interwebs before the fest, and not being shown in any other international film fests. Bottom line: Cannes likes it fresh. A board of directors chooses which movies are shown in a bunch of different categories including short films, feature films, and student films.

ARE THERE PRIZES?

Oui. The Goblet of Fire, or the biggest deal, is the Palme d’Or Award for the best feature film. Other honors include best actress, best actor, and best director.

WHICH MOVIES WILL I BE HEARING ABOUT THIS YEAR?

“Hands of Stone”...as in that MayPac fight everyone watched last year but bigger. Robert De Niro stars in this boxing biopic that’s expected to punch out the competition.

“Café Society”...as in fest-goers are knocking on Wood(y) that it’ll be good. This Woody Allen film is a 1930s love story starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg aka Mark Zuckerberg.

“The BFG”...as in it’s a BFD. The movie doesn’t actually come out in theatres until July, but it’s getting an early showing at Cannes. Roald Dahl meets Steven Spielberg meets your childhood book dreams come true.

“100 Years: The Movie you Will Never See”...as in the one that puts your middle school time capsule to shame. This movie starring John Malkovich will be inside a safe that’ll be on display at Cannes, but that safe won’t open until 2115. Talk about a long-term bet.

theSKIMM

Welcome to the pregame for summer movie madness. A lot of titles that become hits at Cannes will go on to be the indie sleepers and the blockbuster hits you hear about for the rest of the year.