Cannes Film Festival 2017: The 70th Edition

Cannes Film Festival 2017: The 70th Edition

A celebration of film and fashion, the Cannes Film Festival will officially kick off on the 17th of May in France for a fortnight of film screenings, glamorous red carpet appearances, after-parties and galas. One of the world’s most recognized festivals of the year, Cannes is well-known for taking on board old and new concepts and is one of the most prestigious platforms for emerging new talent in the industry. This year, the twelve days of festivities will mark the 70th anniversary of Cannes brining together creative geniuses from all over the world.

Fitting to the celebration this year, Cannes has unveiled a joyful poster starring none other than the legendary actress Claudia Cardinale for her artistic achievements and record of social activism. “I am honored and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes and delighted with this choice of photo,” Cardinale says. “It’s the image I myself have of the festival, of an event that illuminates everything around.” The laughing, dancing image of the Italian star with her free-spirited attitude perfectly symbolizes the festivities edited from black and white to a rich mix of vibrant red and luxurious gold.

Keeping with the Italian theme, Monica Belluci has been selected as the Master of Ceremonies of the festival. In addition to her role as Master of Ceremonies, the talented actress has also starred in the much-awaited TV project ‘Twin Peaks’ screening as part of the 70th anniversary events.

I am honored and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the festival, of an event that illuminates everything around.

Claudia Cardinale

As the world prepares for the biggest night in cinema and fashion, we draw our attention to the growing talent in the Middle East – set to impress the international cinematic community. Showcasing the region’s best films and talent, the Arab world is expected to have a strong presence at Cannes this year. Screening in the Un Certain Regard category is Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania leading the way with his new film Aaal Kaf Ifrit (Beauty and The Dogs), a story about Mariam, a victim of assault who faces an uphill battle to bring her attackers to justice. Five films that debuted at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival are also scheduled for screening at the Cannes Short Film Corner including Fadhilat An Takona La Ahad by Bader Alhomoud, Laila Fe Taxi by Aisha Alzaabi, Mahal Bu Teir by Sager L’Khrebani Al Nuaimi as well as Mamsous and Robian by Emirati directors Shatha Masoud and Yaser Alneyadi respectively.

Cannes Film Festival 2017

The festival closes on the 28th of May, where the winner of the prestigious Chopard designed-Palme d’Or will be announced under the presidency of the Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar and his jury.

In addition to our excitement leading up to the much-anticipated screenings, we’re eagerly awaiting the bold and modern fashion moments that will highlight the red carpet. Year after year, an endless parade of models, actresses and A-list attendees all aim to deliver the chicest looks from the runway or custom-made outfits for the occasion. With an abundance of opportunities for celebrated appearances, special events and screenings, we put together our top picks to help the Symphony Girl prepare for this prestigious festival and each and every other event on her calendar this summer.

Stella McCartney | Cannes Film Festival

Bold and energetic, like the festival, Stella McCartney’s Slit Sleeves Column Dress is our first choice for the opening ceremony. Shoulder-skimming earrings and a statement clutch will complete this modern, polished look. Shop this look now.

Gucci | Cannes Film Festival

Shimmering in all its glory, Gucci’s Pleated Lurex Dress is a standout option for evening events at the festival. With everyone wearing long dresses, embrace the midi length and complete the look with equally glamorous high heels. Shop this look now.

Delpozo | Cannes Film Festival

Embrace the artistic theme of the festival with Delpozo’s Sleeveless Ruffle Dress. The soft colours make it an undeniably modern choice for both day and night events. Shop this look now.

Temperley London | Cannes Film Festival

Celebrate the 70th anniversary fête with the dazzling Temperley London Fairy Queen Long Dress. The waves of shimmering sequins will surely make a statement on the red carpet. Shop this look now.

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Editor Mariam Irfan
Published 11 May