Latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film to premiere at Cannes
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 6:32:16 PM (IST)
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bollywood Trade Editorial
The leading European film festivals that are essentially considered to be the launching pads for low budget art house films by independent filmmakers find it difficult to steer clear of Hollywood studio films. These films bring in Hollywood stars who add value to the Red Carpet, an event designed for the benefit of the media and the horde of paparazzi. This explains the paradox of ‘competition’ films that are also ‘out of competition’.
So, even before the announcement of the programme of the 64th Festival de Cannes, the numero uno film festival of the world, the speculation in the western media has started throwing up the names of the prospective Hollywood ‘tentpole’ studio films that are certain to be part of the ‘out of competition’ line up. The latest is that Disney's Johnny Depp starring PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES that premiers at Disneyland on the 7th May, 2011, will be playing at Cannes as part of the ‘out of competition’ line up before its overseas release on May 18 and US release on May 20. It will be an international premiere. The film will be distributed in India by Reliance Entertainment.
The other ‘out of competition’ films are Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Official festival opener) and Terrence Malick’s Brad Pitt and Sean Penn starring TREE OF LIFE (Speculated to either play in ‘competition or ‘out’ of it).
Cannes holds a special charm for the Indian film industry as well and thus the Indian media also does its bit of speculation and Cannes related coverage. The news is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be walking the Cannes red carpet this year as well with her husband Abhishek Bachchan who is in the process of adjusting his shooting dates to be by her side on the appointed day. She is one of the brand ambassadors of L’Oreal, alongside Andie Macdowell, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, and the girl from Malad, Mumbai, Freida Pinto. There is also the buzz that Aamir Khan produced DELHI BELLY may have its world premiere at Cannes, officially or otherwise. The only Indian film that has won the top prize of the festival is Chetan Anand’s NEECHA NAGAR (1946, Grand Prix du Festival). Last year, Vikramaditya Motwane’sfilm UDDAN was part of the Un Certain Regard section.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets forBollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)
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