Fire Up Your Love of Cinema at the Cannes Film Festival

Let LVH Plan Your Festival Time in Cannes, May 17-28

It is likely the movie industry has impacted most people in some way. Films elicit all kinds of emotions, can foster important discussions, they can be teachers, break down barriers, help us to learn lessons and make us ask questions. They can make us laugh, they can make us cry and they can make us angry. An event that presents the best motion pictures to the world is one surely not to be missed. Such is the Cannes Film Festival.

In the beginning

In July 1945, after the turmoil of the Second World War, an event took place that would impact the world of cinema from then on. There were talks of starting the Cannes Film Festival in 1939, but the war made it impossible. By 1945, France was devastated by the war and the government and the municipality of Cannes could not afford the expense of a film festival. The French people, however, were undaunted and money was raised through public subscription. In September 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival kicked off a new golden era of film, making Cannes and its festival one of the most important places for filmmakers of all countries.

The Fab 50s

It was in the 1950s that Cannes really made a name for itself. Everyone who was anyone in the film industry attended the Cannes Film Festival, along with hundreds of journalists. In 1956, censorship was eliminated from the festival, ushering in yet another era. After screening parties became vogue, each trying to outdo the other. It’s interesting to note that Brigitte Bardot was discovered at Cannes, further amplifying the festival. Of course, films receiving accolades benefitted as well – those selected met with unparalleled commercial success.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor and her film producer husband, Mike Todd, attend the 10th Cannes Film Festival in 1957. [Source:]

The 21st Century

The Cannes Film Festival has cemented itself as the premier cinema event in the world. As the world becomes smaller with technological advances, it is vitally important some artistic genres – like filmmaking – continue to flourish. The Cannes Film Festival has been thriving for more than seven decades and has never strayed from its original intent – to draw attention to and raise the profile of films. It will continue to do so moving into the future, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.

The Red Carpet

The red carpet at Cannes is a vital part of the festival and certainly draws the most media attention. Thierry Frémaux, festival general delegate since 2007, said the red carpet represents an opportunity to give an initial and equally special welcome to both the world’s greatest film artists and emerging talent.

“It also represents an opportunity to honor the creativity of those artists on whom the festival’s prestige depends,” Frémaux added. “After appearing at Cannes, which boosts directors’ reputations, the films often enjoy success at cinemas and festivals around the world.”

If you’re staying in Cannes for the film festival, the accommodations you choose should reflect that red carpet glamor and elegance. Choosing Villa Darina gets you that and then some. In addition to a spectacular water view, this 13-bedroom home is located in one of Cannes’ most coveted areas – Californie. The vast, beautifully-landscaped garden is the ideal place for lovely meditative moments. With room for 26 people, everyone will appreciate the amenities, some of which include an outdoor, heated pool; gym; sauna; private elevator; cinema room; an exemplary outdoor dining space with a BBQ, patio and terrace; and a tennis court.

Actress Sharon Stone walks the red carpet in a Dolce & Gabbana gown at the Cannes Film Festival last year on her way to the screening of the Hungarian film, The Story of My Wife. [Source:]

The Official Selections

The Official Selections highlight the diversity of film through different sections, each having its own identity. Films representative of "arthouse cinema with a wide audience appeal" are presented in competition. Non-competitive selections are films having a big impact, while special screenings and midnight screenings give people the chance to view more personal works. Restored copies of films important in cinematic history are brought back to life for Cannes Classics, which also offers tributes and documentaries focusing on cinema.

Cinema lovers can also explore the world of cinema in different ways by attending masterclasses, tributes, or exhibitions. In 2021, for example, "Rendez-vous" sessions gave festival-goers the chance to spend time in the company of such exceptional artists as Bong Joon-ho, Matt Damon, Steve McQueen, and Isabelle Huppert, as well as Marco Bellocchio and Jodie Foster, both awarded Honorary Palme d'ors for lifetime achievement.

The official selection of films for the 2022 festival has not yet been released. An announcement is expected in late April.

LVH can arrange for you to attend the Cannes Film Festival this year from May 17-28 – one of filmdom’s most monumental events usually reserved for film industry professionals and the press. Not only will we arrange accommodations for you in one of Cannes’ luxury villas, we will also round out your itinerary with wonderful experiences based on your personal preferences – experiences sure to last a lifetime.

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