Excitement has been building over recent months as we have discovered who will be heading up the Cannes Festival jury, the names of those jurors that will sit with him and of course the list of films that will be in competition for the illustrious Palme d'Or award.
With George Miller, director of Mad Max: Fury Road, at the helm, and the list of jury members containing such names as Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Paradis, it was only fitting that the list of films to be screened contain some of the most well known and well thought of names in the film industry. From writers, directors, producers and actors, the red carpet will be rich in talent at this years Cannes Film Festival.
Due to begin in just a few days, the festival will open on Wednesday 11th May with Woody Allen's Cafe Society, which will be followed on the 12th May by Rester Vertical by Alain Guiraude and Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada. The schedule continues on until the 22nd May when we finally find out what the closing film will be - this, for the first time, will be the winner of the Palma d'Or. For full schedule please check out the Festival de Cannes website.
On Monday 16th May the Festival de Cannes will welcome Robert De Niro in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals for a unique and special screening of Hands of Stone by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz.
The movie is about the common history of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez) and manager and coach Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) who is going to take him to the highest worldwide successes of the ring in the '70s and '80s, including legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Cannes especially with this movie Hands of Stone that I’m so proud of, said Robert De Niro. "This movie is uplifting, triumphant and a good time for audiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing my friends from across the world of cinema in joining us for this fun event.”
De Niro has starred in two films that won the exclusive Palmes d’or, Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese in 1976 and Mission by Roland Joffé in 1986. He has also been nominated seven times at the Academy Awards and won two Oscars, one for The Godfather II by Francis Ford Coppola in 1975 and one for Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese in 1981. In 2011 he was also President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes.