May 21, 2010 9:32 AM | 0
If volcanic ash from Iceland and other naturally occurring disasters (see: global economic collapse) have conspired against you this summer, thwarting visions of southern France and international cinema, despair not: your journey to this year’s Festival de Cannes begins at BPL.
As one of the last extant societies for old-guard glamour and art, the films and celebrities that parade through Cannes still exude a certain wattage and grandeur, and arrive each year impervious to the world’s ruptures—volcanic or otherwise. That we cannot all live along such lines is precisely what this festival invites us to forget. Thus, it is in the spirit of forgetting that Brooklyn Public Library invites those detained on these shores to pick up an aperitif and mine our decadent collection of films that feature actors, directors and jury members from Cannes 2010. To begin, carry your ABC card like a passport, visit one of BPLs neighborhood libraries, and perhaps, in the words of this year’s head jury member— Tim Burton—discover a film that knocks on the doors of your dreams.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams), Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless), Woody Allen (Annie Hall), Tim Burton (Beetlejuice), and Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) are among the directors and performers who have been selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and whose work you can checkout at BPL. Revisit some old favorites and discover some new ones while you wait for the latest premiers. View the festival's official selection, then peruse BPLs catalog for complimentary titles, which you can watch for free.