The annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France commenced on May 13 and is scheduled to run for 10 consecutive days. The festival is known for debuting spectacular films either for the first time as a proposal to production companies or as a sneak preview before a film’s upcoming release date. It is only four days into the festival, and there are already a number of headlining stories stemming from the event.


Tom Hardy is yet again making headlines with his recent film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Although it is already available to the public, a special screening of it at the film festival is one of the many pictures attendees are anticipating.


Additionally, some interesting concepts are being debuted at the festival that may not necessarily hold A-list celebrities. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is also slated for screening. Pixar’s upcoming movie, “Inside Out” will be shown at Cannes before debuting in theaters this July. The animated picture personifies human emotions and follows those characters inside the brain of a young girl.


Katniss and Primm Everdeen on the poster for "Hunger Games: The Mockingjay, Part 2"

This print for the “Hunger Games: The Mockingjay, Part 2” was shown at Cannes Film Festival to promote the film. (

In a wonderful setting such as the Cannes Film Festival, it is easy to get lost in a world of fiction and fantasy. But social issues sometimes make their way to the red carpet and are actually more prevalent in the industry than one might think. Salma Hayek and Cate Blanchett have both been recognized for their commentary on social issues.


Hayek commented in an event hosted by Variety about the perception of women in the film industry:

“For a long time, they thought the only thing we were interested in seeing were romantic comedies…They don’t see us as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance.”


Blanchett’s role in “Carol” prompted the media to question her sexual orientation. In an interview with Variety, Blanchett allegedly agreed to having past sexual relationships with women. On the red carpet, however, she denounced those rumors and followed it with, “In 2015, the point should be: ‘Who cares?'”


Over the next couple of days, more films will be showcased, and it will be interesting to see if any other pressing topics are discussed during the festival.


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