JMW Turner’s heart-stopping maelstroms of sea and steam and smoke made him a true visionary of his age from the most devastating depiction of the slave trade ever to an erotically-charged shipwreck. This exhibition presents Turner as a passionate and engaged painter of modern life. It shows how alive he was to the liberations and oppressions of his revolutionary age. Born in London in 1775, into a world ruled by aristocrats and monarchs where the horse was the fastest thing on earth, Turner lived to see the coming of trains, steamships, political reform and photography – and the abolition of the slave trade. He adores the modern world in a way no one can today. Read more
It’s what we were all hoping for, and now it’s been decided: the Festival will be at Cannes in this very special year, featuring part of the 2020 Cannes Official Selection. This exceptional event, organised in collaboration with the Cannes This extraordinary “2020 Special Cannes” event will invite the general public to the Louis Lumière auditorium of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where four previews of films from the 2020 Official Selection, the short films selected in Competition and the Cinéfondation’s school films will be screened. A Jury, whose composition will be announced shortly, will award the Palme d’or for short films and the Cinéfondation prizes. Read more
The Croisette Hour
This year, Deauville’s boardwalk will be exuding a glimmer of Croisette magic, as nine of the Festival de Cannes Official Selection’s fifty-six films are set to be screened. As committed to film as ever, the Festival de Cannes – which was unable to take place in May due to the pandemic – will be attending Deauville to stand alongside the artists and films it continues to support. “As the summer winds down, and audiences rediscover the beauty of films in cinemas, Deauville’s decision to include some of the Official Selection 2020’s titles is a sign of shared conviction and friendship, and is this autumn’s first stop-off for the Cannes films, to be followed by San Sebastián, Lyon, Rome, Pusan and many others – before wrapping up in Cannes!
The 2020–21 Premier League is the 29th season of the the top English professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 1992. Twenty days on from the Champions League final, seven weeks on from the end of the last league season, welcome back, roll up and take a bio secured seat for the autumn-to-summer grind of football in the time of plague. For English football this really is a journey without maps, an attempt to return to some modified version of reality at a time when the limits of the possible seem to shift every few days. It is also the right moment to ask how this is going to feel. Nobody knows right now to what degree the public will be allowed to return to the spectacle.
For the 17th consecutive year, here is the program of the classic cinema section of the Cannes Festival. Restored prints, celebrations and documentaries will be programmed.
Since the beginning of the 2000s, when we were still unaware that the relation of contemporary cinema to its own memory would be shaken up by the emerging appearance of digital technology, the Festival de Cannes created Cannes Classics, a selection allowing to display the work of valorization of heritage cinema carried out by production companies, right-owners, cinematheques or national archives from around the world.
Steve McQueen says: “I dedicate these films to George Floyd and all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. ‘If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.’ Black Lives Matter.” The Oscar-winning director and Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Hunger, Widows) has dedicated two of his films, chosen by the Cannes Film Festival for their Official Selection 2020, to George Floyd.
The two films selected by the Cannes Film Festival are Mangrove and Lovers Rock. Although the festival did not take place this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the films selected will be branded with Cannes’ Official Selection 2020 label. McQueen’s two films Mangroveand Lovers Rock form part of a BBC commissioned anthology of five stories, called Small Axe, created by McQueen himself. Read more
The Festival de Cannes revealed its 2020 Official Selection on 3 June. We are delighted to showcase the films that the Selection Committee loved and selected.
This year’s Selection marks a shift away from the Festival de Cannes’ traditional structure, and is divided into six categories:
– The “faithful”, directors who have been included in an Official Selection before,
– The newcomers, included in the Official Selection for their very first time,
-The first features, in an extension of the Festival de Cannes’ trademark passion for unearthing new talent. Read more
Sir Elton John was digitally joined by quarantined stars from around the music world for a virtual coronavirus benefit concert. The British pop legend hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert For America from his home in Los Angeles. The online festival featured performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey from their sofas and home studios. It raised funds for two US charities. Broadcasting from what he claimed was his only house without a piano, the Rocketman dug out his son’s keyboard for a rendition of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and also serenaded a delighted Lizzo with an a capella snippet of her track Juice. Read more
The next Festival de Cannes will take place from 12-23 May 2020. In order to achieve this level of longevity, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films, with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. The American director Spike Lee is to serve as President of the Jury at the next Festival de Cannes. Read more
London Fashion Week visitors have access to many more designers through presentations, multi-brand and individual showrooms. London Fashion Week is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the big four international catwalk influencers. In addition to the official and off schedule events LFW has become a focus for a broader base of fashion linked activities with international designers, media and other high profile brands choosing to host their own events during the weeks. The BFC will devise a dynamic Positive Fashion focused schedule of events and activations in partnership with key retailers, cultural institutions and businesses to engage with new audiences and communities. Read more