This year, editor-in-chief Elif Kayi reports live from the Cannes film festival. It is now time for her to say goodbye, at least for 2012.
So here it comes. Everything eventually comes to an end. Good things, bad things, everything. So does the Cannes Film Festival and while I am writing these lines the 2012 edition is about to end.
Some prizes have already been awarded. Now people are waiting for the official Grand Prize ceremony. We don’t know the winners yet, but by the time this post is posted, we will and the speculation will be over.
When I decided to apply for a press accreditation in January, it was honestly more out of curiosity than anything else. I wanted to see and experience this big machine from the inside.
Two or three weeks before the Festival began, when e-mails and documents started to flow into my mailbox, I realized that being a journalist at the Cannes Film Festival might be something a bit more difficult than I had first expected. But then I decided to take things easy and have a good time. After all, what else was left to me?
On the first day I could not help but feeling lost and to some extent… hopeless. I even wondered why I had applied on the first place. I didn’t understand where I was supposed to go (actually you are not supposed to go anywhere nor do anything, all choices are yours), what I should see, etc. But this feeling very quickly started to fade and I was left with a mixture of excitement and amusement instead.
I did not meet loads of celebrities, of course, but I don’t really care. I learnt about the color codes at the Cannes Film Festival: for example I discovered what “yellow” means here. I attended some press conferences and was locked outside others with some equally unfortuanate colleagues. I had crushes (oh yes, many!) and I felt I could almost have found true love (but I am in love already, so that’s okay)! I confirmed my attachment to Algeria and “my fear” of Denmark. I got sick, re-experienced my student years and realized I was still alive. I discovered the other side of the Festival. I got the chance to see many great movies and meet interesting people.
All in all I must say that indeed I’ve had a pretty good time here. And somehow I cannot help but feel a twinge of sadness seeing the Festival Palace emptying now. Things are getting back to routine and by tomorrow the inhabitants of Cannes will be able to breath normally again.
In conclusion, I will say one thing: If I can, I’ll be back!
For those who did not read the news yet:
65th Festival de Cannes Awards
Un Certain Regard 2012 AWARDS
Prize of Un Certain Regard : DESPUÉS DE LUCIA by Michel FRANCO
Special Jury Prize : LE GRAND SOIR by Benoît DELÉPINE and Gustave KERVERN
Un Certain Regard Award for Best actress: Suzanne CLÉMENT for her performance in LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier DOLAN
Un Certain Regard Award for Best actress ACTRESS : Emilie DEQUENNE for her performance in À PERDRE LA RAISON directed by Joachim LAFOSSE
Special Distinction of the Jury : DJECA by Aida BEGIC (Children of Sarajevo)