The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, running until May 22nd, and a number of Canadian-made movies, including shorts as well as documentaries, will be presented at the world-renowned fest.
At the Directors' Fortnight the documentary "At Night, They Dance" ("La Nuit, elles dansent") by Quebec filmmakers Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault will be presented – it's the same event where the Denis Villeneuve flick "Polytechnique" first gained notoriety (and then went on to win Toronto Film Critics Association and Genie Awards). Meanwhile, "Ce n'est rien" ("It's Nothing"), by Quebec's Nicolas Roy,and "Big Muddy" from Saskatchewan's Jefferson Moneo are two Canadian short films that will screen as part of the Cannes competition.
Thierry Frémaux of the Cannes Film Fest said on their official site just prior to the event, "Consider what is required: the enthusiasm of the press at the announcement of the selection on April 14th, the arrival of the greatest filmmakers, actors and other film artists, the massive return of professionals, film-buffs, and a vibrant film market. As to the weather, unless our favourite Icelandic volcano acts alone over the skies of Europe, we have done everything to make it perfect."
Other well-known and highly-regarded visitors to this year's Cannes Film Fest include jury chair Robert De Niro, directors Olivier Assayas, Mahamat Saleh Haroun and Johnny To, actors Jude Law and Uma Thurman, Argentine actress and producer Martina Gusman, and Chinese producer Nansun Shi.
A detailed list of the films awarded during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 festival will be online as of May 22nd.