Students from across the School of Arts applied and those showing the strongest motivations for attending the festival were successful. Students stayed in groups in apartments near Cannes, some for a few a days and some for the full exhausting two weeks.
The festival is an amazing experience. It feels as if the whole of the film industry and most of the world’s press are all crammed into the glamorous French Riviera town to make deals, work contacts and most importantly to see lots of films. Screenings ran across many sites and started at 8.30am every day, continuing until the red carpet gala premières in the evening.
Highlights this year were: Foxcatcher starring Steve Carrell which is already generating Oscar buzz; winner of the Un Certain Regard prize White God, the story of a doggy uprising on the streets of Budapest; and the 20th anniversary screening of Pulp Fiction on the beach attended by Quentin Tarrantino, Uma Thurman and John Travolta.