By Natalie Padron |Staff Writer|
Cannes legendary actor, Jean-Pierree Léaud, who debuted in 1959, will be presented with the honorary Palme d’or (French for Golden Palm) award at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
The event once known as the International Film Festival, until 2002, is now the Festival De Cannes, as they say in French, and it previews footage of upcoming films that cover the whole spectrum of genres.
This annual invitation-only gathering of talents was founded in 1946 and put into action in 1947 with films from 16 different countries.
There are 21 possible awards to be given out, and the most prestige one being the Golden Palm, which has only been given out once to the leads and the director of the 2013 heartfelt film, “Blue is the Warmest Colour.”
Like any red carpet event, most stars come prepared to strut their stuff in front of the many cameras.
Supermodel Jordan Dunn, topped the best-dressed list wearing a beautiful ivory and floral high low gown to the premier of the debuting film, “The Unknown Girl.”
Fashion maven and actress, Chloë Sevigny, kept the ivory and floral theme going when she appeared wearing an outlandish drop waist dress embellished in flowers and a pink bow.
Pregnant actress Blake Lively strolled on the carpet in an all blue gown that trailed behind her like ocean waves designed by Atelier Versace and, being the bombshell that she is, looked perfect like a beautiful body of water.
On the carpet for the premiere of “Julieta” was another blonde bombshell, Sports Illustrated model Petra Nemcova, in a showstopping metallic creation that was structured to perfection, paired with a slicked back hairdo and a chunky silver belt.
Nemcova also made waves earlier at the festival when she attended the Chopard party wearing a sheer jumpsuit sans bra, while it was quite the controversy she clearly made up for it with her later looks.
Even though fashion plays its roll, this event is centered around films and their creative process.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s film, “The Neon Demon,” starring Elle Fanning and Jenna Malone, is a look into the psychosis of the modeling world when a fresh face enters.
Refn’s film will be a tough competitor along with Pedro Almdóvar’s, “Julieta,” a story about a mother’s struggle and also deals with fate, guilt and mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love.
Coming to a theater near you is Shane Black’s, “The Nice Guys,” starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, although the film is out of the competition it will still be bringing comedy to the Cannes’ screen.
There are many more films and exclusives to be excited about; to follow along with all the excitement, or for more information on the films and projects for the cutting edge festival, go to their website; www.festival-cannes.com.