All the films screening at the 72nd edition of France’s celebrated film festival. Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pop Stars Expect to appear on the Cannes red Carpet & Five Films to Look for…
Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits… The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to look like a dream rock festival line-up.
Rihanna is not to mention and a couple of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Which starts Tuesday, Led Zeppelin may yet put in an appearance at the world’s biggest film festival.
The opening movie alone, the tongue-in-cheek zombie flick ‘The Dead Don’t Die’, is chock full of A-lister musicians.
As well as Waits and Iggy Pop who plays a rampaging member of the undead. It also stars singer Selena Gomez and rapper and Wu-Tang Clan guru RZA.
Its director Jim Jarmusch is a composer in his spare time. And leads Bill Murray and Adam Driver are both musical. With the “Groundhog Day” actor touring North America as a singer with a chamber orchestra in 2017. Cannes Film Festival 2019: Pop Stars Expect to appear on the Cannes red Carpet & Five Films to Look for.
And that is all before the promise of Elton John. Bringing his grand piano to the Croisette to play at the premiere of his biopic, ‘Rocketman’.
$900 million at Box office
With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ taking more than $900 million at the box office, cinema bosses are wetting their lips over the amount a film about the sex and drug-fuelled life story of the writer of such standards as ‘I’m Still Standing’ will rake in.
Unlike that the Freddie Mercury movie, which skirted around the singer’s complex personal life, the Elton John picture prides itself on its warts-and-all portrayal.
The singer who has been frank about his struggles with his sexuality, drugs and alcohol was himself deeply involves in the film. Which his husband David Furnish produces.
Furnish says: “We didn’t want to compromise the fact we felt it had to be hard-hitting and truthful,”. “I think we would have got a lot more interest (from studios) at the higher-budget levels if we’d been willing to produce a more sanitised version of Elton’s life.
He Added: “That never appeal to Elton,”. “His life has had incredible moments of lightness but also moments of real darkness. We wanted to be very honest about those and not gloss them over.”
More than a decade in the making, the film was written by Lee Hall of ‘Billy Elliot’ fame with its star Jamie Bell playing Sir Elton’s friend and lyricist Bernie Taupin, who Penn such classics as ‘Rocketman’. ‘Candle in the Wind’ and ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ with John.
Actor Taron Egerton
British actor Taron Egerton, who shaves his hair to mimic the singer’s receding 1970s hairline and painting a gap in his teeth. Says he has freaked out when the man himself walked onto the set as he was performing ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’. “I don’t think I could have done it if he was around a lot,” he admits.
But the now 72-year-old superstar impress. Telling last week that “I didn’t think it was Taron. I thought it was me.” to Hollywood Reporter.
Distributors at Cannes will also get a sneak preview of a first authorise documentary on the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Spoke to Director
All spoke to director Bernard McMahon like Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham. The maker of the acclaim television series on roots music, ‘American Epic’.
Page says in a statement: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,”.
Speculation is also rising that pop idol. Rihanna who is about to launch her new luxury Paris-based fashion house Fenty could also turn up on the Riviera. With a source close to her entourage telling AFP that he “wouldn’t be shocked up she drops by”.
U2 frontman Bono will definitely be there to support the documentary ‘5B’ which is showing in the official selection. And tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the States to treat patients with AIDS.
The festival says, “Bono has been a fervent champion of the cause” and the “fight against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria”.
Star pianist James Rhodes’ struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. After a teacher raped him as a child is also coming to the big screen. In the forthcoming film ‘Instrumental’, with its producers, Lionsgate set to unveil the project at Cannes.
Londoner Rhodes, who will play by actor Andrew Garfield, had to go to court in 2015. To get a ban on the publishing of his autobiography lifted. Cannes Film Festival 2019: Pop Stars Expect to appear on the Cannes red Carpet & Five Films to Look for
Cannes Film Festival
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival begins on Tuesday with a heady mix of star names, fresh faces and both high- and low-brow subject matters. Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pop Stars Expect to appear on the Cannes red Carpet & Five Films to Look for
From familiar-looking zombies to a late Hollywood arrival – via football icons, rock stars and zero-hour contracts.
Here are Five films sure to make the headlines:-
1. The Dead Don’t Die
It all gets going on Tuesday evening with the official premiere of US director Jim Jarmusch’s comedy-horror. The Dead Don’t Die, at the city’s Grand Théâtre Lumière.
The film, which boasts “the greatest zombie cast ever disassemble”. Finds police officers (Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver) and a morgue expert (Tilda Swinton) attempting to keep the humdrum town of Centerville safe from a horde of zombies, including Iggy Pop, Sara Driver and Carol Kane.
Are you keeping up so far? Good.
The un-dead Iggy previously team up with Jarmusch on 2016. Stooges rock doc Gimme Danger and he isn’t the only music star in this one, as Selena Gomez, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Tom Waits all appear. The festival opener is one of 21 films ‘in competition’ for the prestigious Palme d’Or prize finale. And in a show of strength for cinema. It will be broadcast simultaneously in more than 400 theatres across France.
2. Little Joe
Little Joe is an unsettling-sounding story, about a genetically engineered crimson flower plant causing strange changes in living creatures.
It stars Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw, and as one of two BBC and BFI-backed films at this year’s event, you’re bound to see it on UK telly over the next few years. Austrian director Jessica Hausner is also one of only four female directors up for the top prize this year, including Celine Sciamma for her Portrait of a Lady on Fire. The only other time that not-so-lofty figure was reached was in 2011.
Last year, dozens of women – including acting stars Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek – staged a red-carpet demonstration against gender-based discrimination in the industry. As Blanchett remark: “The prestigious Palme d’Or has been bestowing upon 71 male directors… but only two female directors.”
You do the maths.
For the first time, Cannes claims to have “methodically count the female directors submitting their films for selection” and the jury for the big one is made up of four men and four women; including movie star Elle Fanning. Festival president Pierre Lescure honour the late French filmmaker and “icon of the festival” Agnès Varda, by featuring her on the official poster.
3. Sorry We Missed You
Ken Loach is on a Palme d’Or hat-trick as he returns to Cannes this year. With the other British-back film, Sorry We Missed You – written by Paul Laverty. The 82-year-old UK director has baggies the big one twice before, first in 2006 for the Irish war drama. The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Ten years later he won again for I, Daniel Blake, which tackle unemployment and food banks in England.
That film sparked a national debate and Loach will be hoping for more of the same with his latest politicise effort, which follows a delivery driver. And his carer wife, who is a push to breaking point as they struggle to keep their family going on zero-hour contracts. Because one of Loach’s veteran US counterparts, Terrence Malick, 75, returns this year too with his historical drama. A Hidden Life, which tells the story of Franz Jägerstätter. So a conscientious objector from Austria, who refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War Two.
Malick took the Palme d’Or in 2011 for The Tree of Life. So an experimental movie which found Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain pondering the origins of existence. And the very meaning of life itself (we’ve all done that on a rainy Wednesday in work). Cannes loves nothing more than a good ‘auteur’ and so along with Malick and Loach. Pedro Almodóvar’s new film about a director in decline. So Pain and Glory – starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz – also makes the esteem list. Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pop Stars Expect to appear on the Cannes red Carpet & Five Films to Look for
While female directors have often been overlooked in the competition, black female filmmakers have been absent entirely.
French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, therefore, makes history this year by becoming the first-ever woman of African descent in the Cannes competition. And with her feature directorial debut, Atlantics.
It stars Mame Sane (above) as a young woman in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, whose lover disappears by boat in search of greater opportunities in Europe.
A most topical movie for the festival which will also hold discussions about the impact of Brexit on the film industry.
Thursday night’s alright for screening so a touch of showbiz stardust will be sprinkled on the Croisette as the Sir Elton John biopic. Rocketman is launch into orbit out of competition – one week ahead of its UK release.
So It is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who stepped into the breach of another rock biopic 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired from the project.
Notably, this one produces by Sir Elt’ himself alongside his husband, David Furnish. But Taron Egerton, who plays the piano, recently told the Sources that his portrayal will show him at his best and worst.
“Elton essentially gave me licence to go and make him look ugly at times,” he said.
So the pair perform together at an Oscars viewing party in February. And with the Rocket Man expects in town. There are whispers of another possible pre-screening performance.
Cannes festival 2019 full list of films.
The Cannes film festival runs on 14-25 May.