he Berlin International Film Festival kick started the ‘Big Three’ in February. Presided over by Isabella Rossellini, it was a great success with True Grit opening the festival.
German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl received the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Iranian film Nader and Simin, A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi.
Before the Venice Film Festival in September, which will take place 31st August to 10th September and be presided over by Darren Aronofsky, there is the Cannes Film Festival.
Taking place 11th-22nd May, the President of the Jury will be Robert De Niro. Joining him on the Feature Films Jury are, among others, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.
Last year’s opening film was Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. This year it will be Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Other films due to be screened include Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In).
In the festival’s official press kit, De Niro is quoted as saying: “Having served as President of the Jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.”