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Clint Eastwood
Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse. So as a kid I liked (Westerns) very much. A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect. That was at the beginning of the era that we're in now where everybody thinks everybody's politically correct and we're killing ourselves by doing that, but we've lost our sense of humour. Anyway, I made it, I thought it was interesting, and it was daring at the time, and that was the only reason. Big guns: it was the ultimate kid's dream.feedback
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NEW May 23 2017
Cannes Festival has been commented on by 126 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Cannes Festival are: Ted Sarandos, Thierry Fremaux and Therry Frémaux. For instance, the most recent quote from Ted Sarandos is: “Studios have no appetite for risk. Take 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which came to Cannes with no distribution deal at all. We don't want to signal to competitors where to focus their dollars. The number of people who have seen Palme d'Or-winning films in theatres relative to the population who see these movies [overall] is very small.”.
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Nicole Kidman

I don't have to work. I work because it's still my passion, it's the way in which I express myself. I want to support people who are trying different things or have a very, very unique filmmaking style. I love to be asked to be in those things because that's just where I am. I have always had that slightly rebel spirit where I have gone: 'I don't want to conform, I want to find a way not to.' And that's just who I am.feedback

Nicole Kidman

I still have that passion, at this age, for acting and cinema and storytelling and pushing boundaries and moving out of my comfort zone to try things with an abandon.feedback

Nicole Kidman

I'm at that place in my life where I'm trying to pretend I'm 21 and starting my career. I want to try new things and support the filmmakers I believe in. This film.feedback

Yorgos Lanthimos

The material is brutal in accumulation. We never dealt with it with seriousness. Nicole likes to say that I told her all the time that this is a comedy, and I believe that.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

If you go to New York, you have less theaters than in the past. In Rome, you have very few theaters. In France, you have a lot. Why? Because there's a system which protects all of these theaters.feedback

Pedro Almodóvar

As long as I'm I alive, I'll be fighting for one thing that I'm afraid the new generation is not aware of ... the hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer.feedback

Ben Stiller

I just think it's cool to hear Happy Gilmore mentioned at the Cannes. This was a really special experience, having a chance to connect with him like this. Where we're at in our lives personally, it was a chance for us to really get closer than we've been before. Playing brothers, it was really like one of the best experiences I've had.feedback

Dustin Hoffman

We would work for him for nothing. That's not a good word ... you really didn't like it!feedback

Ben Stiller

I just think it's cool to hear 'Happy Gilmore' mentioned at Cannes. He said that about 'Happy Gilmore'!feedback

Clint Eastwood

And it was the last Western, because I have never read one that worked as well as this one since that. But who knows, maybe something will come up in the future.feedback

Alejandro Inarritu

The highest technology with the most beautiful human beings is a very powerful combination. The experience of working with the immigrants was the most inspiring and rewarding [part] of all these years that I have devoted myself to this project. I had to do a lot of travel and a lot of research with border patrol officers and a lot of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. And the stories I heard and the situation of these people -- which is not even close to what it is now, and it was already tough -- they haunted me.feedback

Michel Hazanavicius

Louis is very concerned of what Godard fans will think but I said 'we don't care'. I want the film to get seen by a lot of people and most people don't give a damn about Godard. That's absurd! That's like saying 'most people don't give a damn about (16th century Italian painter) Caravaggio'!feedback

Jane Campion

It's about bringing world class authorship to television drama. I think it shows what TV is now able to offer as a medium to filmmakers worldwide. When Jane came to us, she said I want to make a novel for screen and I need more than 90 minutes to do that and I want to tell it over six hours.feedback

Lucy Richer

It's celebrating an extraordinary story, really well told, by a brilliant filmmaker, at one of the world's greatest film festival.feedback

Tamara Ralph
Michael Russo

[The Ralph & Russo woman] is a very strong woman. She is feminine but she has a strong sense of self. They're leaders in their field, they're very elegant, very strong, but very feminine at the same time. So we dress women who embody the brand.feedback

Kristen Stewart

There's a distinct dress code, right? People get really upset at you if you don't wear heels, or whatever. But you can't ask people that anymore. It's kind of a given. Like, if you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either. Which is nice because even four years ago, that wasn't a question. I'm doing a movie in a couple weeks called Underwater and I play a mechanical engineer that's working on an oil rig that's on the bottom of the ocean floor. So for me, it's practical. I'm not going to be able to have touch ups when I have a helmet on. I must have my head!feedback

Peter Bradshaw

It "brings some gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle, with moments of pure showstopping freakiness.feedback

Claes Bang

Around take 95 he drags me down to the monitor and he points to the monitor and he says: 'Now this is gonna stop. I am not going to have any more of that shitty television acting that you're doing. Now you pull yourself together and you do it for real!feedback

Ruben Ostlund

I was a little bit scared of how to deal with all these layers. I was super, super happy when I was reaching 75 percent of the editing or something because then I realized: OK, this will work, it will actually fit together and make a solid film.feedback

Robin Campillo

This was really a fear to confront a subject that is really important in my life, and really crucial.feedback

Julianne Moore

I always say that my jam is 'Brick House,' . I think she likes clothes and fashion and image, but I think she also knows it's something that's created. It's not something that's innate, a lot of people come together to make an image.feedback

Julianne Moore

She's a wonderful student and a really great girl and an interested person. I think growing up so close to what I do and what her dad [director Bart Freundlich] does, I think she knows that – I remember she this when she was really little about movies, she said, You know mommy, some people get really scared when they watch movies but I don't because I know that they've made everything up.feedback

Robin Campillo

What I wanted to do was get back to the electricity there was in those days, the energy.feedback

Robin Campillo

I lived things myself which appear in the film. I actually had to dress a friend of mine who had died. When you really experience that kind of thing firsthand, you realize these are very simple moments. You don't break down and cry. You have certain forms of self- defence . It would be too easy if you could just cry and feel better.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

The story of this festival, for whatever reason, has been those two films. And remember, those films were invited here solely on their merits. Thierry [Frémaux, Cannes Artistic Director] has an incredible track record of cultivating the greatest movies of the year from all over the world, and these two films, according to him, qualify. If you are inventing qualifications for how a film has to appear on a commercial basis, that seems very out of step with the spirit of the festival, and the independence of the festival.feedback

Jonathan Friedland

If you look at the output of American major movie studios it's pretty non-risk-oriented. So if there are projects that people have really wanted to make for a while which are risky or different than what people are comfortable with, they're not finding a home, which has opened up a tremendous opportunity for us to come in and do that.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

There's no mechanism to make a movie like Okja today outside of what we're doing. No studio would take that risk on a Korean director on a film that barely has any English language in it.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

Studios have no appetite for risk. Take 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which came to Cannes with no distribution deal at all. We don't want to signal to competitors where to focus their dollars. The number of people who have seen Palme d'Or-winning films in theatres relative to the population who see these movies [overall] is very small.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

I'm really thrilled for director Bong and and Noah Baumbach that people are talking about their films.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

They were fully aware of our release strategy. I talked to them before Oscar weekend [in February] about some of these films.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

We are living among a generation who have seen every great movie ever made on a phone. So I think we all just have to come to grips with where technology and culture take us. And by the way, I'm more thrilled that they are seeing the movies than I am concerned with the size of the screen they're watching them on. Okja is a beautiful movie when you see it, but if you had to bet your career on filling movie theatres on opening weekend with that film you'd be losing sleep. So we've become a major exporter of European content to the world.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

And in my opinion while that may sound risky, putting it in the hands of director Bong? Not very risky at all.feedback

Tilda Swinton

Let's be honest, there are thousands of films that are screened in the Cannes Film Festival that people don't see in the cinema -- the most beautiful, the most esoteric films that people never see in the cinema. Netflix has given Bong Jong-ho the chance to make his absolutely liberated vision a reality, and for that I'm so grateful. The truth is, we didn't come here for prizes. We came here to show this film to the Cannes Film Festival.feedback

Kemal Harris

I loved its vintage feel but the fabric and fit is totally modern. The jewel tone of the green inspired me to accent with the raspberry Stuart Weitzman heels and the royal blue velvet Hayward clutch. I topped it off with the Cartier Panthere bracelet because its green emerald eyes matched the dress.feedback

Kemal Harris

I'm a huge fan of Stella's tailoring and thought a suit would be a nice way to break up the dress story. I flipped the cuffs of the jacket and pants to show a bit more skin and added the leopard Schutz heels to keep it feminine.feedback

Kemal Harris

Cannes is a very traditional event but it takes place in a very bohemian, romantic, vacation-style location, so I tried to align the looks with that energy. I loved the contrast of the sharp, tailored shoulders with the stone-encrusted fabric. Sexy meets strong! You must have a confident attitude to wear a backless version – it means no bra. I would also recommend seamless underwear by Commando or Calvin Klein.feedback

Elle Fanning

They're oversized Dr. Suess boxers and this Gap red shirt – I think it was for a charity my sister had done with Bono. I cut the whole neck out and made it bigger….It was my designer phase of wanting to cut my clothes and make them unique. They go with me everywhere–those pajamas are staying with me for my entire life…or until they disintegrate.feedback

Elle Fanning

I remember my mom always slathering sunscreen on me [and Dakota]. Both her daughters have extremely pale, pale skin! It's interesting. My mother actually gets very tan, but she had daughters that are part German [from our dad's side] that are so white! Learning about your individual skin is very important.feedback

Elle Fanning

It almost feels like a first Cannes again 'cause last year I came kind of towards the end of the festival, and this year I was here for opening night. It is even more energy than last year. I have these pajamas that my sister [Dakota Fanning] completely makes fun of. She was like, We are going to burn these' because I've worn them since I was little.feedback

Elle Fanning

For me, I always have to keep a good lip balm or mascara in my purse. Mascara is very important to me. I feel like my eyelashes can be a little rebellious. They kind of stick straight out and go kind of wonky, so I have to curl them, put mascara on and get them under control to make my eyes open up.feedback

Caroline Scheufele

Rihanna and I collaborated closely on these creations. With her unique style, she redefines the way people see and wear jewellery. I am thrilled to welcome Rihanna in Cannes; the Festival is very special to Chopard and to me. To see Rihanna walk the red carpet wearing our co-designed creations was a unique moment; the pinnacle of glamour and creativity.feedback

Susan Sarandon

I mean the first time I came to Cannes was for Pretty Baby. You should look up those pictures, I have no makeup or hair people, I'm wearing a vintage dress. That's where I learned that when you take a flash photograph you can see right through your dress.feedback

Susan Sarandon

I want to be able to survive the evening fairly comfortably…The more comfortable I can be the better, I would wear tuxedos all the time, I wore a tux last time , I wear tuxedos whenever I can.feedback

Jake Gyllenhaal

I think the platform of a film -- how far it can reach, to how many people it can get to to communicate a message -- is extraordinarily important. I think it's truly a blessing when any art gets to reach one person, let alone hundreds of thousands upon millions of people.feedback

Coco Chanel

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.feedback

Will Smith

In my home it's done nothing but broaden my children's cinematic global comprehension.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

The market's too competitive. That's when we bonded and he saw I really do love movies.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

We're living amid a generation that has seen every great movie ever made on a phone, so I think we all have to come to grips with where technology takes us. Why would we want to hold back a movie for an enormous number of people to enjoy throughout the entire country that a few hundred, maybe a few thousand people could see the film in Paris? It seemed to me like the right thing to do was to give the people, our subscribers, who pay to make these movies, access to them immediately all over the world. They were fully aware of our release strategy.feedback

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

I've talked to Thierry many times and said this is where we'd like to show it.feedback

Pedro Almodóvar

The size of the screen should not be smaller than the chair you're sitting on.feedback

Jon Favreau

There is an opportunity to liberate (the moving image) from many, many, many things. It's a quite different way to feel emotions or sensations that sometimes are hard to express. This technology, I think, can offer the possibility to experience those, and articulate them with the mind on another level.feedback

Nadja Swarovski - Swarovski

It was an important element to start with because it speaks to classic fine jewellery. But now we've established it, we can become more fluid and funky.feedback

Nadja Swarovski - Swarovski

When I think of Naomie, I see an individual who has created amazing work but also about what she stands for as a person. To us, kindness is an important quality. Our brand is supposed to embracing, not intimidating so these are the people we want to associate with and celebrate. It's so important to be successful but kind and down to earth - that's power. So often, there's a misinterpretation that somebody successful will be arrogant. For the younger generation, it's so important to have that as a role model.feedback

Nadja Swarovski - Swarovski

It's such a special time so we thought what can we do? We decided to not just design crystal handbags on the red carpet, but to do fine jewellery.feedback

Julianne Moore

It boiled down to how we communicate and what language is and how we effectively use, our bodies, our hands, our selves, without spoken English.feedback

Todd Haynes

It was an intensely cinematic idea on the page. For a filmmaker it was an irresistible piece of material.feedback

Will Smith

In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit. They get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen. Netflix brings a great connectivity. There are movies that are not on a screen within 8,000 miles of them. They get to find those artists.feedback

Todd Haynes

It was our incredible good fortune to find this girl, Millie, who from the very beginning – the very first time I saw her tape – I just shivered. There was something about the integrity of her as a person that showed through that was true and ultimately you see it on the screen. Our good fortune in finding Millie can't be overstated.feedback

Arik Aviad Herman

This year we are celebrating 50 years since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem. I am proud to celebrate this historic date through art and fashion, and I am happy that this work by Israeli designer Aviad Herman is so moving and honours the beautiful status of our eternal capital Jerusalem.feedback

Will Smith

West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes. I was probably 14 years old the last time I watched three movies in one day! In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they (his children) go to the movie theater to watch. They go to the movie theater to be humbled in front of certain images and there's other films that they prefer to watch at home and there's really little to no cross.feedback

Arnaud Desplechin

You feel a bit more protected than when you are in competition and it's also a huge honour. I think it's less perilous than when you are in competition, when often the French press can be more divided, more brutal.feedback

Arnaud Desplechin

Life comes to us, imperfect, unexpected, not as we wanted, and we have to embrace it, as brutal as it might be.feedback

Carlos Reygadas

I think that as long as you remain silent during the projection it's perfectly legitimate and even healthy to express your feelings by booing or clapping. This thing about respecting the effort seems to me to be nonsense, as you are not valuing humans but films. You express what you feel as you would in a bar with your companions after the film.feedback

Gilles Jacob

We saw a film that does not match the level of a competition that claims to show the crème de la crème of world film production.feedback

Lars von Trier

I think only after a decade or more can films be judged with some sense.feedback

Louise Vesth - Zentropa

I would never see booing as a productive response, although I am sure that all great art at some point needs a hard-core response to prove its value.feedback

Maurice Pialat

If you don't like me, I can tell you that I don't like you either!feedback

Pedro Almodóvar

I personally do not conceive, not only the Palme d'Or but any other prize, being given to a film and then not being able to see this film on a large screen. The size should not be smaller than the chair on which you are sitting and should not be part of your everyday setting. You must feel small and humble in front of the image that is here to capture you.feedback

Will Smith

There's very little cross-over between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix. In my home, Netflix has had absolutely no effect on what they go to the movie theatre to watch. They go to the movie theatre to be humble in front of certain image, and there's other films that they prefer to watch at home. There's really little or no cross-over. It's not as if they would have gone to the cinema if it wasn't on Netflix: it's two completely different forms of entertainment.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

Since Sept. 11, Cannes has ... maximized security measures. You're in a country which has got a lot of terrorist attacks. Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, Nice, one year ago. So we need to pay attention.feedback

Claire Denis

The Fortnight offer was sort of waving to us: Let's meet, let's be together, let's come. It was a possibility to experience happy fright.feedback

Michel Hazanavicius

It's a story of a man who wants to change but doesn't know how. He really revolutionizes himself.feedback

Atsuko Hirayanagi

When I hear all the good things, I start doubting things – it's too good to be true. I think it's Japanese of me.feedback

Todd Haynes

What's unique about this film, and one of the reasons I wanted to do it, is it's another thing I've never done before, which was make a film I really wanted kids to be able to see.feedback

Therry Frémaux

The vocation of Cannes, or all major festivals, is twofold: to honor great auteurs and make beautiful discoveries.feedback

Abbas Kiarostami

Each of these frames is in essence four minutes and 30 seconds of what I imagine to have transpired before and after a single image.feedback

Therry Frémaux

People don't just come to go to the beach, or to watch the films or for pleasure. They come to work. Buyers, sellers, distributors, producers, directors, all sorts of people. Cannes has to be the place to be. It's just where it's all at.feedback

Therry Frémaux

Nowadays you are a star at the click of a finger. If you present the weather, you are a star … if you do reality TV, you're a star.feedback

Olivia de Havilland

Grace struck me on first encounter as a rather reserved, self-possessed, well brought up young woman.feedback

Olivia de Havilland

I guessed things had gone wonderfully well by Grace's manner upon returning from her presentation to Rainier.feedback

Grace Kelly

My husband had been born in Nice on the Cote d'Azur. He suggested the meeting between Grace and Rainier at dinner with Paris-Match editor-in-chief Gaston Bonheur, en route to Cannes – an idea immediately and enthusiastically accepted by Gaston.feedback

Olivia de Havilland

I saw Grace Kelly only once in the long years after our meeting on the train and Cannes. I was lunching with an American friend at a restaurant in Paris and saw Princess Grace at a table across the room with Princess Caroline, then about 10 years of age.feedback

Olivia de Havilland

I'm tempted to think it was destiny. When she took her place at the head of the receiving line at the American reception, instead of offering her hand for a handshake, Grace extended her hand as if offering it to be kissed. She was in a state of enchantment.feedback

Scott Roxborough - The Hollywood Reporter

What Cannes definitely has, it still manages this sort of glamour, the magic of cinema - that still happens here.feedback

Scott Roxborough - The Hollywood Reporter

When the festival kicks off, it's just swarming here with people who are in film, who want to be in film, who love film - and you don't really get that atmosphere anywhere else in the world.feedback

Marc-Olivier Sebbag

The difficulty is that you have a system that's extremely regulated but that works.feedback

Thomas Sotinel

Cannes misjudged. But they found out Netflix wouldn't move, and at the same time they were reminded that on the board of Cannes sit people like the theater owners, who don't want to budge either. So they were caught between those two very immovable protagonists – or rather, antagonists.feedback

Christophe Tardieu

They are the perfect representation of American cultural imperialism. I deplore Netflix's attitude in this affair, which showed total intransigence and refusing to understand and accept how the French cultural exception works.feedback

Pascal Rogard - Netflix

There are idiotic rules that don't let Netflix films come out for 36 months; I understand it's complicated. The real open question that will be given to the next culture minister is, Can we create a modernized media chronology so a film doesn't have to wait three years to go to Netflix?feedback

Yves Daros

It's the densest (camera) network in France. In Cannes, we have a camera for every 140 inhabitants. The state has put in more resources this year than ever in the past.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny. I will not reverse course on any of the commitments taken in front of the French people. From this very evening I will be at work. Long live the republic and long live France.feedback

Thomas Sotinel

It's the best solution. They've bowed to the pressure of the theater owners without compromising this year's festival.feedback

Richard Patry

We're really sorry that Netflix didn't understand the specificity of the French market. They stuck with their position that they wouldn't let the two films – which were done by great directors and deserve to be shown in competition at Cannes – be seen by viewers in cinemas.feedback

Caroline Scheufele

It has become a love story and we have really, also grown our high-class jewellery with the involvement of Cannes. Within this manufacturing location, we have over 37 different crafts, from polishing to watch making, setting, to goldsmith, you find everything under one roof.feedback

Pierre Lescure

France is still under a state of emergency. The same precautions as last year will be in place. We are going through a political phase in France with the presidential election which will take place just before Cannes. We hope the festival will provide the opportunity to talk about nothing but cinema.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

Sometimes people say the Cannes film festival is very political. It's not true. It's not us, it's not me – it's cinema. The makers are concerned about politics.feedback

Rob Tincknell

At the top end of the market, transactions have plummeted since the higher rate of stamp duty was introduced.feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

Cartoon Movie is today the most important co- production for European animated film. It is all about a lot of money and the quality of the films is remarkable. Overall, 14 movies which got their financing here in the past made it to an 'Oscar' nomination – that's quite a remarkable record!feedback

Pierre-Emanuel Fleurantin

We hope that the 10 filmmakers at this festival will be like the 10 regulars of Cannes that they will establish their careers, develop their craft and reach full maturity. We want to push them, to make them known.feedback

Cristian Mungiu

Hopefully after you exit the theatre, you will realise that the film speaks about you, and about your problems, and about the questions that you need to ask yourself, and I think it's wonderful when cinema manages to do that.feedback

Cristian Mungiu

It has become difficult to preserve what I think is the most important thing in cinema which is diversity. (…) If the trend continues at this speed, twenty years from now, we'll just have these formatted genre pieces and not much else, and I don't think cinema was invented for this.feedback

Cristian Mungiu

It ('Graduation') speaks about truth and about lies, and about what happens to your life if you let too many lies in, and finally, it speaks about selfishness and about how we manage always in society, today, to find individual solutions, but we are never capable of finding a collective solution that would save us all.feedback

Park Chan-wook

I hadn't planned on making a film about love. But I was lucky enough to read this novel about a love story between two women. That's when I decided to adapt the novel. The central them is love, but psychological violence is very present in this movie as is physical violence.feedback

Park Chan-wook

The film is set in a time when there were huge differences between social classes – between the very rich and the very poor. The second important element in the film is the psychiatric hospitals. That period, between the two world wars, is the only time in Korea's history when those two elements co-existed.feedback

Park Chan-wook

I didn't want the emphasis to be on the male characters but on the two women. For their love to be possible, they have to overcome both their class difference, but more crucially, the fact that they come from two countries that have long been a war, Japan and Korea.feedback

Houda Benyamina

Dounia is a slave to the money God, she desires success and flashy cars and plans a dream trip to Phuket. But its necessary to reconnect to our spirituality, for me in the society we live we have to question our values.feedback

Alex Balkin - Savills

Wealth is becoming younger as the new generation has been successful in multiplying its parents' savings. Younger clientele are keener on locations closer to the hotspots – such as Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo - than were their parents who tended to prefer more tranquility.feedback

David Lisnard

I think that several people, maybe they wear it in good faith, so we have to explain to them. There are just a few provocative people.feedback

Woody Allen

It was originally conceived in my mind as a novel on film... When you read a book you come in contact with a lot of different characters, you follow them over a few years and you see some and then others and back to those.feedback

Ken Loach

I think it's a dangerous moment now in Europe because we see that the austerity program, the neo-liberal program is driving people to despair, in milions from Greece to Portugal, Spain, millions are really suffering and millions above them are really struggling, with a tiny elite at the top who are hugely wealthy. Now, we can't go on like that because there is such despair at the bottom.feedback

Asghar Farhadi

I would say that writing and acting are just the two sides of creating in cinema, that's how I work, because I start directing while I write. So, that's my best definition in cinema.feedback

Frederic Ponsard

This competition has thrown up some unexpected winners, but no one has found anything to complain about a second Palme d'Or award to Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake – a strong and committed film that defends ordinary people and slams austerity policies. A topical film which shows that the cinema, especially in Cannes, is not just a matter of stars and entertainment.feedback

Kristen Stewart

Do I believe in ghosts? I don't know, I guess I believe in something. I'm really sensitive to energies and I truly believe I'm driven by something I can't really define. It gives me a feeling we are not alone.feedback

Guenther Oettinger - European Union

I think it's a success story. A hundred million a year we are using to co-finance European film, European works and to send out a clear message says European content and says cultural diversity, under a European umbrella. I'm happy.feedback

Fred Ponsard - Euronews

The Cannes film festival offers an incredible variety of films, from the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to conceptual arthouse movies. Among the films competing for the Palme d'Or that we've already been able to watch there was a British social drama, a German comedy, a French comedy and a historical erotic thriller from South Korea, an exceptional mix of films of different genres and origin.feedback

Frederic Ponsard

The film festival is glamour and the red carpet, but this year it's also about political films… Two fine examples at the beginning of this festival are: 'Money Monster' which battles against the world of high finance with the help of Hollywood's biggest stars, and 'Eshtebak' by Mohamed Diab which paints an uncompromising picture of Egyptian society today.feedback

John Cohen

I am a huge fan of the games, I would even say that I'm an addict of the games, so when I was playing the game I started to think, Gosh, I could imagine these characters coming to live as a movie!feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

We must keep in mind as we prepare to open this festival that we are faced with a risk which has never been as high, and faced with an enemy determined to strike us at any moment. We must demonstrate extreme vigilance at all times.feedback

Therry Frémaux

Woody Allen is someone we pay attention to, because he's coming from the middle of the sixties and he became a director. He used to send his films in Cannes, but without him attending. And I think he's one of the greatest auteurs, in both senses, director and really writer dialogue (writer). We are very happy to have him on stage for the opening night.feedback

Sarim Fassi Fihri

My dearest wish is that within five years we will be able to conquer those invincible citadels that are the official selections in Cannes, Berlin or Venice, because since Othello we haven't had a film in the official selections in Cannes and it would mean recognition for Moroccan cinema to be there.feedback

Yorgos Lanthimos

I was surprised by that, mostly because there were so many and I didn't really know them before we worked together, so I didn't know what to expect, but it worked out great.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

Both films are not ready. Scorsese's film comes out December 2016 at the end of this year. And Marty must not delay the post-production. The same goes for Kusturica, whose film has been three-to-four years in the making. He showed me a very long version and I think we'll see his film in the autumn.feedback

Frederic Ponsard

With no clear favourite emerging, even if the Italians and Chinese are often cited, the competition remains wide open and the prize list could bring some surprises.feedback

Deniz Gamze Ergüven

I really wanted to uncover what it is like to be a girl, a woman in Turkey today, it is a burning and contentious issue in Turkish society, where the female voice is rarely heard.feedback

Deniz Gamze Ergüven

I wanted to make these girls into heroines, characters of courage, intelligence and perseverance, values that rarely given to women in the movies. I see them like I see James Dean, rebellious but beautiful with all the vigor and freshness of youth. It could be considered a critical point of view, but I hope it generates something positive.feedback

László Nemes

A lot of the action happens off-screen but the viewers visualise it in their heads. It is in their imagination. And we try to show them a passageway to this off-stage action. That's the big question with this film: are we provoking things, emotions, impressions we cannot show any other way but through the imagination?feedback

László Nemes

We didn't want to make a pretty film, we turned away from any classic aesthetic approach. You won't find attractive compositions in this film, we refused to do that. This film isn't iconographic, you can't take stills from it. The dynamic is the important thing in the film, it's essential not to fall in to the sentimentalism of many Holocaust films.feedback

Geza Röhrig

It's called, We Wept Without Tears' and it's basically just eight interviews with former Sonderkommandos who are now living in Israël. There are twenty of them alive in the entire world, and eight of them are in Israël. And after decades of not talking about it, they started to share their experiences with this historian who interviewed them over thirteen years. Because they could only get the story out word by word. They didn't tell anyone, not even immediate family members, what they did in Auschwitz.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

I like and I don't like that discussion about female directors. I don't like it when Cannes is accused because Cannes is equal. Cannes is the reflection of what cinema is and obviously the number of female directors is too low. It is not good. We need more female directors as we have a lot of female writers, novelists and so on and that discussion I like it, because we need to fight for that.feedback

Manon Serrano

You find yourself in front of a woman who is biologically your mother, but who is a stranger.feedback

Androulla Vassiliou

I'm a very happy to say that as we celebrated 20 years of the media programme, we have twenty films which are supported by the Media program, and some of them are also competing for the Palme d'or.feedback

Frédéric Ramade

What's unique about the movies we select is that most of them don't have distributors at the time they are screened here, so being shown in Cannes is an amazing opportunity for them, allowing most of the movies selected – if not all – to find a distributor.feedback

Rollo Ross

AMFAR is possibly the most glam event of the year but it's a real back-breaker. As a TV producer, once you get past AMFAR you know Cannes is downhill, and you can begin getting an extra hour in bed in the mornings.feedback

Sonam Kapoor

I am third generation and my family has been in the business for 60 years. So out of the 100 years, 60 years of that time my family has been in it. So for me it's great because I have been around for five years and so for me just to be a small speck in that 100 years is incredible.feedback

Amitabh Bachchan

Just the fact that Cannes mentions it (Indian cinema), or at least brings attention to the rest of the world as a tribute to this cinema is big enough. And then to find your self actually being asked to do the opening with Leonardo was just an unbelievable experience.feedback

Angela Merkel

I will go to the G20 in Cannes next week and by then we will have succeeded in developing a programme of restructuring for the world's big banking system. But the future of the Euro will be a result of the right structural changes.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

We often said in these past few months that the 60th Cannes has to be the best one. As for the selection of the films, well that has been a year's work for me.feedback

François Molins

These investigations have helped uncover a network, perhaps you could call it a cell. All these people – born in France and with French citizenship -are linked with the radical Islamist movement.feedback

Jane Campion

And the Palme D'or goes to 'Winter's Sleep' by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.feedback

Isabelle Huppert

This adventure was a sort of enchantment for me. I went into it alone, not really knowing what to expect because Hong Sangsoo works in a very unusual way. There was no script, I only knew I would be playing three characters in his film.feedback

Hong Sangsoo

I wanted to describe Anne's adventures in this foreign country. I hope that the public shares this feeling of being plunged into a totally unknown environment, alone even in one's own country.feedback

Lars von Trier

We are a nation under influence, under a really bad influence of America right now, because it is clear Mr. Bush is an asshole and doing a lot of idiotic things….but I'm not going to talk about Bush.feedback

Emir Kusturica

Tonight. I am called Mr Cinema, thank you very much.feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

You're wearing a skirt tonight, but I have to say the outfits you made for the women on the red carpet were a lot sexier. Why weren't you more daring?feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

Oh look, that's not sexy? Did you look? Tell me that's not sexy?feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

Normally you're a man of fashion who judges women and their clothes, so now you're judging films?feedback

Katie Outinen

It's like he trusts actors, so he lets us work and then he says something like: 'Oh can you be more understated, or now it was perfect.' He makes the atmosphere so there's a relaxed feeling to work and he usually doesn't do many takes – it's one or two takes.feedback

Androulla Vassiliou

Because the Iranian Asghar Farhadi has set up a European production company and they are putting up this project which will be a European film with European casting.feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

This MEDIA award is usually the beginning of an international career for a European movie. We can be sure that Thomas Vinterberg will come to Cannes with his next movie.feedback

Bérénice Bejo

I loved it, I had great fun getting angry with the children, acting with Elyes, who played Fouad, arguing with him… It's great being able to explode like that on screen because I'm not at all like that in real life. So then all that negative energy inside me can get out via this character. It's really great.feedback

Jean Roy

It's the most pleasing offering we've had in a long time. The weather's been great, and that counts. And then, there was an enormous variety to choose from, in every department. You only had to reach in and you'd find excellent films. It's not like that every year.feedback

Nadine Labaki

I don't do politics, I don't have the power to change anything, I don't know anything about politics, maybe I can change things through a film, or maybe I can make people listen to me. If I cannot make people listen to me in a conversation, because they think I am too naive, maybe through a film I can make people listen.feedback

Carlos Del Amor Gomez

My two preferred movies for the Palme d or are 'La vie d'Adèle', called 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' in English, and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' by the Coen brothers. I think these are the two big favourites. But it often happens that the jury and the press don't share the same view. We'll see what Spielberg decides.feedback

Damien Aubel

In my opinion, it will be either James Gray ('The Immigrant'), Roman Polanski ('Venus in Fur') or the Coen brothers. I personally prefer James Gray.feedback

Alan Schoenauer

It's been an exceptional year with exceptional arrivals up the steps each night, and with the jury, the stars, and some amazing moments of emotion each time.feedback

Adriana Karembeu

This is a mythical place. We love to see new movies, movie stars. It's such a mix of glamour, beauty, creativity, imagination. If you can live it only for a moment you have a lifetime of memories to keep.feedback

Viviane Reding

This year, we wondered how European cinema is doing alongside other cinema, in other parts of the world, and so we're going to look at some European maintenance outside Europe.feedback

Michele Berrebi

There is a real problem with European cinema. First multiple languages are a handicap. It means that for a distributor who buys a film in Swedish or even English or any other language, subtitling that film is very expensive. Secondly, very few films correspond to the French structure, by which I mean films which will attract at least 400,000 cinema-goers which will make it profitable for a distributor. There are wonderful films all across Europe but they'll only get 100,000 or 120,000 cinema-goers. So the distributors are pretty cautious about that.feedback

Eduardo Carneros

One of the big problems of distribution in Europe is the existence, perhaps not of an enemy but of a big marketing and sales machine which controls distribution channels and therefore cinema audiences. They have a lot of power, like big fast food chains which open branches all over the place. When there's a McDonalds everywhere, it's difficult to buy and sell other products. You have to look European politicians in the face and say 'Look, this cultural richness needs a helping hand'. And it's not just a question of cultural diversity, but also of economic competition.feedback

Lars von Trier

I really wanted to be a Jew. I found out I was really a Nazi. I understand Hitler. But come on! I'm not for the Second World War! I'm not against Jews!feedback

Thierry Fremaux

Nuri Bilge Ceylan could be compared to one of his countrymen, Ohran Pahmuk, who win the Nobel prize. And saying oh la la, this film runs for three hours is like saying oh la la, aren't there a lot of pages!feedback

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

It is a happy coincidence that this year is the centenary of Turkish cinema. And it is the second Palme d'Or for Turkish cinema; the prize was won 32 years ago by Yilmaz Gulney's film Yol, which I admire very much, it's a very good film.feedback

Georges Goldenstern

I think that young film makers are very proud to be awarded a prize by a jury headed up by Abbas Kiarostami. He is also the Honorary President of the Cinefondation. Right from the beginning he immediately agreed – like Scorsese and others – to have a long-term involvement in supporting the Cinefondation.feedback

Johannes Kuhnke

I think in the nuclear family, we are building our own forts. We are separated from so many other people. In the nuclear family, we invite other people who are like us. We can invite other couples who have children and we don't let any single people in. We cut ourselves out and many people are unhappy in this kind of family settings.feedback

Danis Tanović

It is given to projects which have a good European-wide prospect to be seen by people all over Europe, and which have, of course, a good artistic content.feedback

Roberto Saviano

Today I hate it. I can't take anymore. I don't have the slightest sympathy for my book.feedback

Bernard-Henri Levy

This is not a history about Libya in general, there are plenty of films like those around. For this one, I stick to the story about what I experienced, what I witnessed and sometimes what I took part in.feedback

Véronique Legendre

Firstly we use two cameras instead of one, which are for preference beside each other, the same distance apart as your eyes. So it's quite a complex calculation. And from an artistic point of view it is true that the choice of script and of images isn't exactly the same. I mean for example we always try to find shots which will magnify the 3D effect and really emphasize it.feedback

Cristina Flutur

He is amazing to work with. Really the best director I have ever worked with.feedback

Matteo Garrone

My point of reference for this film is certainly connected to Italian comedy. At the beginning ,the film should be a comedy, but at the end it becomes dramatic.feedback

Martina Riva

The quality of films at Cannes is always rather high. This year in my opinion there were no real masterpieces, like we had last year with the film The Artist or The Tree of Life by Terrence Wallick. This year there were very prestigious filmmakers but no striking films.feedback

Ossama Mohammed

What does it mean shaking the camera? Usually I don't like this effect in cinema. Suddenly I discovered that this shaking cadre is not a fake, the man who is filming is shouting 'Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!feedback

Frederic Ponsard

After five days of competition, the jury members have seen half the films in competition. Among some of the other big names in the running; Abderrahmane Sissako for 'Timbuktu' and 'Winter Sleeps' by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. But between now and Saturday other big names are will be appearing on the Croisette such as Ken Loach and even (Jean-Luc) Godard. So, it is far from over.feedback

Giovanni Magi

Television is experiencing a moment of profound transformation, from economic, artistic and technological points of view. Cannes, where TV movers and shakers have been meeting for 50 years, is the ideal place to understand the future of television.feedback

Jérôme Delhaye - Reed Midem

Today the users and the viewer, people who watch telly, need more and more content, more often, and the screen itself is not important. How can we provide all this content? Plenty of creativity. And how to do we make it pay?How do we engage the audience? This is what we are thinking about, lots of players who come here with bags of creativity, these are either traditional TV players or people from the web. There are no longer barriers between the two because what's important is creativity – content is king – as we say and I think it's going to be that way for a very long time.feedback

Michael Stevens

I think that there are a lot of recipes for success. I happen to know the explanatory and teaching people things recipe, but I think that really what it matters is that you listen to your audience. Right, they don't just wanna be fans, they wanna be friends. When they subscribe your content and talk to their friends about content, they don't you see you as a talent, they see you as a friend, someone that they're connected to, someone that they wanna see their friends with.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

This year we wanted to get across what was most important about the festival. Yes, there are parties. Yes, there is the cote d'azur, the business and the glamour. But it's the cinema that is the most important.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

There's no controversy with Italy. Cannes has selected two Italian films, one of them didn't please the culture minister, who hasn't actually seen it. He's simply seen an extract and he's complained publicly but not to us. We're free to schedule films as we see fit.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

France and Germany have taken the initiative of bringing together, before the start of the G20 summit, all the European institutions as well as the IMF, to examine with the Greek Prime Minister the conditions under which the commitments made can be honoured.feedback

Bill Clinton

I ask you to go home and tell your friends and neighbours that when times get tough that you should give more, not less. Because we live in an interdependent world where we cannot stand this level of inequality and instability.feedback

Manuel Valls

It was a dangerous group or cell, which needed to be neutralized. Other targets were probably planned; investigations will allow us to determine that. Maybe some in this group wanted to take part in Jihad abroad. So we remain cautious.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

The euro implies duties as well as rights, of course, for all those taking part. All members of the eurozone must stick together, there must be solidarity towards all the other members. But a minimum number of rules have to be followed; we cannot accept the explosion of the euro, as that would mean the explosion of Europe itself.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

Greece is in one of the most economically critical situations a country can find itself in. They are on the brink of bankruptcy. If there is not an adequate response they won't have the money to pay for schools, for hospitals and for the basic functioning of the state.feedback

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