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The Cannes Film Festival Has Some Surprises This Year

The annual film festival held in Cannes, France, previews films of all genres, from all over the world. This year it seems that there are fewer English-language films and that just one female director made it to the main race.

 Founded in 1946, the event is one of the most prestigious and publicized in the world, highlighting the diversity of cinematic creation through its different sections. “Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”, said Thierry Frémaux, the General Delegate at The Cannes Film Festival.

This year the festival will take place from May 15 to May 26 and the president of the jury is going to be Steven Spielberg, the great film director.

The first surprise of this year’s edition is the absence of Steve McQueen’s much-anticipated drama that failed to be ready on time for Cannes. There are numerous films missing from the line-up including Ari Folman’s The Congress, Bong, Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real. Roman Polanski is back with Venus in Fur and Paulo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza makes the Italian case.

The final programme sums up 19 films and lots of world cinema, including from some of the globe's most difficult locales for artists, because the competition also helps talented people from countries where freedom of expression is threatened. The diversity of this year tries to counteract the great number of disappointments of the numerous English-language films from last year.