The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week, and to celebrate WM Spotlight: Cannes Film Festival is showcasing a selection of films that have wowed Cannes audiences in the past. Tune in Wednesday 13 May from 8:30pm EST to catch the Francois Chalais prize-winner, Where Do We Go Now?, Thursday we’ll be showcasing the multiple award-winning Amour and on Friday we’re bringing you the 2013 Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
Until then, here are 10 fast facts about the 2015 Cannes Film Festival that will surely spice up those dull conversations by the printer with Jane from finance.
1. The main competition jury is headed by the Coen brothers, and it’s the first time the competition has been chaired by a duo.
2. Cannes is pronounced can as in “can of beer”.
3. Two-time competition jury member, George Miller, will premiere his highly anticipated movie, Mad Max: Fury Road at the festival, albeit out of competition.
4. No Australian has ever taken out the top prize, so hopes are high for Aussie director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, which stars Michael Fassbender.
5. Selfies have been banned on the red carpet this year.
6. The population of Cannes rises from roughly 70,000 to 210,000 over the 12 days of the festival.
7. 19 movies will this year compete for the award for best film – the Palme d’Or – which can never be awarded jointly.
8. All eyes will be on another Aussie at the festival – Cate Blanchett – whose performance in Todd Haynes’ Carol has already created Oscar buzz.
9. The festival will open with Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall – only the second time in the history of the Festival that a female director has opened Cannes.
10. One of the Festival’s rules states that all films must be presented in their original language, with French subtitles.