The 71st Cannes Film Festival is about to open and it is time now to talk of all the films in the official sections. With so many films by the world’s well known filmmakers still at works when the Berlinale announced their selections in January this year, there were wild speculations as to how many of these films will Cannes screen this year. When Cannes announced an initial selection of 18 films only in competition, with some big names missing, the Director of the Festival simply asked the speculators to wait. In the following days, Lors Von Trier and Nuri Bilge Ceylan appeared on the list leaving Paolo Sorrentino, Mike Leigh, Naomi Kawase and Xavier Dolan to festivals after Cannes.
Cannes never mentions the country of origin while listing the films. Only the directors and titles of the films are indicated as if to send a loud message that the quality of films alone matter. So going by the final selections we have them all, starting with the octogenarian Jean Luc Godard to Asghar Farhadi, Matteo Garrone, Stephan Brize, Jia Zhang Ke, Koreeda Hirokazu, Nadine Labaki, Lee Chang Dong, Spike Lee, Jafar Panahi and Terry Gilliam. Sergei Loznitsa, another big name in the international film scene leads the Un Certain Regard section where Nandita Das’ MANTO will also be screened.
Lors Von Trier makes it to the 'Out of Competition' section along with Ron Howard and Gilles Lellouch. Wim Wenders is in the Special Secreenings section.
Let us think of all the wonderful films served in Cannes and savour them instead of nitpicking and worrying about what is not there.