This years Cannes Film Festival will be heading back to the heady days of the Roarin' Twenties, a time of affluence, jazz, glitz and glamour and the setting of the newly release The Great Gatsby. The 3D film will be opening the festival in what should be an extravagant event, even by Cannes' standards, when things kick off this Wednesday (May 15).
Whilst the movie has already had it's premiere in the U.S., the grand stage of Cannes still makes it's European unveiling an exciting prospect, especially for all those involved, such as director Baz Luhrmann and stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan, who will all be flying over the the south of France to attend the screening. Mulligan wont just be preoccupied by commitments to Gatsby either, as the star's next film is also being premiered at the festival too, the Coen Brother's latest effort Inside Llewyn Davis.
Carey Mulligan at the US premiere of Gatsby
The new film, which co-stars Coen Bros. regular John Goodman as well as Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake, is a story of a singer-songwriter who explores New York's folk music scene during the 1960s, at the height of the Greenwich folk movement headed by such artists as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. The film is already tipped to be one of the stand-out pictures of the festival, with the coveted Palme D'Or at stake for whichever film impresses the judging panel (which this year includes Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Christophe Waltz) the most.
Also being shopped around during Cannes is Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, Ryan Gosling's next venture; Only God Forgives, and a host of other films looking to take the jury by storm.