Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tim Burton Will Head Cannes' Jury

SERIES: Major Film Festivals

Tim Burton

Sundance is in full-swing and Berlin is about to open in a few weeks, but the most anticipated festival each year at this time is Cannes. Venice is the oldest film festival but Cannes is the most glorious. Thus, I was thrilled when an e-mail from the festival popped into my e-box today.

Gilles Jacob, president of the 63 Annual Cannes International Film Festival announced today that filmmaker Tim Burton will head the Festival Jury in May. Burton's ED WOOD screened at the festival in 1995, and he served on the 1997 jury helmed by Isabelle Adjani. With this announcement, and the Websites opening, the cinephiles begin their march toward the Croisette where all will coalesce beginning 12 May 2010. The festival will run through May 23rd.

When making his announcement, President Jacob joyfully said about Burton, "A filmmaker with a heart of gold and silver hands, Tim Burton is first and foremost a poet. He’s a magician of visual delights who turns the screen into a fairy wonder. We hope his sweet madness and gothic humor will pervade the Croisette, bringing Christmas to all. Christmas and Halloween."

Burton stated, "It's a great honor and I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to watching some great films from around the world. When you think of Cannes you think of world cinema. And as films have always been like dreams to me, this is a dream come true."

There is currently an exhibition, "Tim Burton at MoMa" which opened 22 November, and will run through 26 April 2010. It includes a film retrospective and a gallery exhibition. Those living near NYC, don't miss it! Also, here are all of Burton's films with some videos.

Registration for badges begins 1 February. The official press conference of the competition films will be held, as usual, in mid-late April.

Click the title of the post for the Festival's Official Website in English.

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