8 of the most iconic Cannes movies that we still love today

The list of nominated films and shows for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival has just been announced, and we can’t wait to see them on screen. In the meantime, with the 75th Cannes Film Festival fast approaching, let’s take a walk down memory lane to rediscover some of the best films that have received huge honors at the coveted International Film Festival.

The first Cannes Festival was held in 1946 in France. It has recognized artistic excellence and offered high-quality cinema to global audiences. The world’s sexiest and most influential film event is held annually to honor outstanding performances, exchange ideas, screen films and identify new talent.

The film festival was a meeting point for film lovers and art buffs during the 1940s. The event eventually achieved worldwide fame and is now promoting the development of the global film industry and the craft of filmmaking. It also celebrates emerging talent around the world. Equivalent to the “Best Picture” category at the Oscars, the festival took home its first award called the Cannes Palme d’Or.

The event is scheduled to take place from May 17-28, 2022 at the Palais des Festivals congress center in Cannes, France.

Here are some of the best Cannes movies that made their place in cinema history

Nisha Nagar (1946)

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Before the 1955 classic Satyajit Rai movie Bather Panchali Putting Indian cinema on the world map, Chetan Anand Nisha Nagar (1946) had already made waves at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win the Palme d’Or.

It served as a satirical gateway to India in the 1940s, when the country was about to gain freedom from British rule, Nisha Nagar It depicts a bleak picture of the economic inequality prevalent in Indian society at the time. The film brilliantly presented the sparks of the revolution of the lower economic class against the oppression of the rich and powerful.

With an immortal theme, the film’s title is a sign of India’s economic and political turmoil in 1946. In the fictional city of Nisha Nagar, where “neecha” refers to where the lower economic class lives, young people have to fight against the people of Ooncha Nagar, or The highland city where the wealthy reside and enjoy a life of luxury.

A wealthy businessman, cleverly called Sarkar (meaning government), decides to reroute the open sewage channel carrying dirt from Uncha Nagar and make it pass through Nisha Nagar. Despite facing stiff opposition from the townspeople, Sarkar implements it anyway.

When Neecha Nagar suffers from an epidemic caused by unsanitary living conditions and sewage, Sarkar builds a hospital so that he can exploit people and earn more money from the misery he created in the first place.

The cast includes Rafeeq Anwar, Uma Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Ravi Peer, SB Bhatia and Mohan Segal.

Taxi Driver (1976)

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Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece taxi driver Follows the life of a troubled recluse and Vietnam War veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), who takes a job as a taxi driver in New York City, due to insomnia. The film, written by Paul Schrader, paints a disturbing and violent picture of a man mired in mental illness and isolation within the city.

As Travis continues to stalk the city streets every night, becoming increasingly detached from reality, he begins to focus on bringing justice against the despicable world, beginning with New York City. On this trip, he meets the expedition worker, Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). This leads him to change his life goals and to practice revenge and plot to assassinate the politician she works for.

The film highlights the pervasive and debilitating side effects of loneliness and isolation, an epidemic contemporary society faces today. Supporting actors include Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, and Albert Brooks. taxi driver He subtly delves into how society corrupts and corrupts at the same time, for which he won the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

All That Jazz (1979)

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Released in 1979, All that jazz A semi-autobiographical musical film based on the life of American director, screenwriter, and actor Bob Fosse. The film, directed and co-written by Voss himself, follows the story of his own life and the sordid career of his on-screen embodiment, Joe Gideon (Roy Cheddar), a notorious dancer.

The film offers an unfiltered version of an artist struggling to stay relevant and making his mark on the industry in the face of a looming deadline. All that jazz Inspired by real life events that happened when Fosse manually tried to balance the editing of his film lenny (1974) and the 1975 musical presentation on Broadway Chicago At the same time.

In the film, we see Joe go through a life crisis due to his declining health and disappointing relationships, while working on what could be his last Broadway production. The film realistically depicts how the protagonist navigates life while facing the consequences of his bland lifestyle and poor life choices.

In 1980, the Cannes jury, chaired by Kirk Douglas, ruled All that jazz Palme d’Or winner with Akira Kurosawa Kagemusha. The former also earned nine nominations and four Academy Awards at the 52nd Academy Awards.

Sex, Lies and the Video (1989)

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Another Palme d’Or winner on this list is Steven Soderbergh’s debut Sex, lies and videotape. Paving the way for independent films, Soderbergh explores the intricate details of sexuality, relationships, and complex emotions along with a bold, edgy story and dialogue through this film.

In the movie, Ann (Andy McDowell) is the sexually and emotionally unfulfilled wife of John (Peter Gallagher), a young, up-and-coming lawyer in his thirties. While John is having an affair with Anne’s sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), the delicate threads of their failed marriage unravel with the arrival of the savage Graham (James Spader). Graham, a friend of John from college, videotaped Cynthia and Ann as they confess their sexual desires.

The intriguing tale took the then-young Sundance Film Festival by storm and changed its fate forever. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere, he won not only the Palme d’Or but also the Best Actor and International Critics Award. The movie is nicely aged and still relevant to the current era, where the lines between intimacy and secrecy are blurring.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Quentin Tarantino movie, Pulp FictionFollows the intertwined events in the lives of two Los Angeles killers Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson), the wife of gangster actress Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), boxer Butch College (Bruce Willis), two petty criminals Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer, respectively) and a master fixer called The Wolf (Harvey Keitel).

The film follows Vincent and Jules, who work with mob king Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), with a penchant for philosophical discussions and reflections on life.

Tarantino weaves seemingly separate events and highlights the choices each character makes regarding life and death, honor and shame. All of the characters in the movie helped form the multi-layered collection of crime short stories in this cult favorite.

Filled with postmodern quirks and gritty, grotesque dialogue, the film humanizes the nefarious characters, and elicits an emotional response from audiences. Tarantino and Roger Avary won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, Directly Written for the Screen category.

Pulp Fiction It completely changed the course of the modern film industry and inspired a large number of imitators over the years since its release. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

A Taste of Cherry (1997)

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In this bleak and meditative Cannes film, directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, a middle-aged Tehran suicidal man, Mr. Badi’ (Humayun Ershadi) sets out in search of someone who might bury his body after he kills himself. While driving around town in his Range Rover, he encounters several people, including a Muslim student (Mir Hossein Nouri).

Just as he is about to give up on his quest, the seemingly good Badi encounters a man who agrees to complete the task because he is in dire need of money. However, his new partner soon tries to talk to him about suicide.

Throughout the film, Badi’ reflects on his private life by interacting with various people he meets along the way. Filled with postmodern twists and clever quirks, cherry taste It is the first and only film to win the Cannes Palme d’Or by an Iranian director.

Blue is the hottest color (2013)

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Based on the French graphic novel Julie Marouh, published in 2010, Blue is the warmest color It is a teenage drama about coming of age about a French girl who falls in love with a blue-haired artist. When an openly gay best friend Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) takes her to a lesbian bar, she stumbles across Emma (Léa Seydoux) a vicious, sassy girl with electric blue hair and is instantly attracted to her.

Popping up with youthful energy, rebellion and desire, she quickly enters into a relationship with Emma. This tests the boundaries of her friendships, family, herself, and sexual identity. Clearly illustrated and beautifully narrated, Blue is the warmest color It is a bittersweet story about the elusive and reckless nature of passionate love. The foreign film (the French version) won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2013.

The film won universal acclaim, along with its fair share of controversy, for its candid scenes. Director Abdellatif Kechiche shared the award with actors Exarchopoulos and Seydoux.

Parasite (2019)

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The Academy Award-winning South Korean film, directed by Bong Joon Ho, also won major awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. The dark comedy thriller offers an anti-capitalist look at modern society, by portraying the wealthy as ‘parasites’. And the working class is literally struggling to keep their heads above water.

parasite Follows the life of the poverty-stricken Kims family, who work skilfully in a gardening house. In stark contrast, the Parks family is an extremely wealthy family. The family has also been harboring a stranger in their basement for years.

The brilliantly written film brutally highlights how working or middle-class people are forced to confront each other, fighting for the scraps. On the other hand, families like parks live a life of luxury, backed by the work of the countless individuals who work under them.

(main and featured image credit: Pulp Fiction / © 1994 – Miramax./IMDb)

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.

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