Live from Cannes: Gatsby, Gosling, and everything in between
It's that time of year again: where the world's media descend on the South of France for two weeks of premieres, press conferences and parties. Our Head of Programme Mark Cosgrove has dived into the 66th Cannes Film Festival, searching for films, partnerships and creative ideas to bring back to Bristol, and to Watershed.
Cannes remains a touchstone for the film world, a place where filmmakers continue to be discovered and established ones unveil their new releases. At last year's festival Michael Haneke picked up the top prize, the coveted Palme d'Or, for his moving drama Amour, which Mark quickly called a 'masterpiece' and went on to scoop with Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
This year a little director called Steven Spielberg will be heading up the jury for the Palme d'Or, and he has a hard job ahead of him.
Films in the main competition include Only God Forgives, a gangster thriller set in Bangkok which reunites Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn after their hit Drive. The Coen brothers are back with Inside Llewyn Davies, a look at the folk scene in 60s New York, and Steven Soderberg will screen his (so he claims) final film Behind The Candelabra, a biopic on flamboyant musician Liberace starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
The film was deemed 'too explicit' by coy US studios, so Soderbergh looked to HBO to screen his film in the States - but not so in Europe. We're pleased to say we'll be screening the film from Fri 7 June where it belongs - on the cinema screen.
Outside Hollywood, Mark will also get a chance to see The Past, the new film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, his first after the Oscar-winning A Separation. Like Father, Like Son is the new family drama from Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda and over in the Un Certain Regard sidebar section (we were surprised it wasn't in the main competition too!) Watershed favourite Claire Denis is back with her new film The Bastards.
We've been reporting from Cannes for many years, since before 140-character updates were invented! Check out our Festival Diaries section on DShed for reports Watershed staff have created as they've attended festivals - Berlin, Toronto, Tampere, Singapore, South by Southwest, Ars Electronica and more.