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Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival honors films from around the world at this annual spring event in the south of France. The famed Golden Palm (or Palm D'Or) is the coveted prize at this festival. Directors, producers, movie stars and journalists convene to take in the world's top cinematic productions, as they have since the event started in 1946. The most recent winners are Amour (2012), The Tree of Life (2011), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), The White Ribbon (2009) and Entre les murs (2008), while other previous winners include L'Enfant (2005), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Pianist (2002), Farehheit 9/11 (2004) and Taxi Driver (1976). The festival celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007.

There are several Web guides and blogs that can help you through the festival. Check out below the best sites for reading reviews and catching some of the flicks from across the Atlantic.

Guides

  • Official Cannes Film Festival Site: Get all the latest news here first, as well as fun features like a "Pictures through the Years" slideshow, festival history, unofficial coverage and facts and figures over the years.

  • Cannes - A Virgin's Festival Guide: This site offers crucial information for first-time visitors, including the best places to eat and sleep, as well as buzz about this year's festival and a basic overview of the festival structure.

  • Official city of Cannes website: Check out an interactive map of the city to help you get around. There's also a Tourism section that gives you accomodations, restaurant and shopping tips.

  • IMDB Cannes Guide: See a list of all the past winners (and the year's nominees), with links to the IMDB profiles to the movies themselves and the directors, and you can also read an overview of the festival and get more info on related events.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Cannes Film Festival Page: Browse the list of past winners and competitors chronologically. Also, test your knowledge of Cannes Film Festival Winners.

  • InfoPlease Cannes Film Festival Winners: See the winners of every category since the first festival in 1946.




    News

    If you miss the festival, you can still listen to podcasts and check out the best news dedicated to Cannes.

    The New York Times has an entire section on its website devoted to Cannes coverage. The Guardian's comprehensive coverage of Cannes includes video, reviews and articles. The Chicago Tribune offers comprehensive and up-to-the-minute coverage of the event. Access Hollywood also features a Cannes section focusing on celebrity style at the festival, as well as festival gossip. Jaunted, a pop culture and travel site, also has a Cannes section that both gives travel tips to those attending and plenty of photos and gossip for those who want to feel as if they were attending. Hollywood Reporter and ABC News have celebrity pictures from the red carpet and various parties from last year's festival.

    Watch and Listen

    The official Cannes podcast lets you listen to press conferences, the announcements of winners and more. A quick Cannes search on YouTube and you can instantly view red carpet interviews and sneak peaks of the presented films.

    For more information on film festivals, see our film festival page.






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