“are you rather… a Film buff and the curious”. With these words written in black letters on fund blur to a scene of cinema, the site of the tourist office of Cannes set the tone for days to come, backed by the Cannes film Festival 2019, the 72nd edition, from 14 to 21 may. But is it possible to take advantage of it when it is not accredited? The question often comes down to the host, reveals to us our own person, on the phone. And the answer is thankfully a positive one.

first Of all, contrary to what one might think, a few hours before the kick-off, all hotels are not full. And the hotels in cannes offer specific deals during the second week on the site weekendesk. There is still availability, may be because this year, there is not a holiday or bridge during the event.

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La Croisette is the boulevard of dreams. The history of this former wasteland is intertwined with that of the city. It has become its own axis, its own emblem. “La Croisette follows the route of an ancient coastal path that went around the Palais des Festival current to the tip of the Palm Beach”, recalls Christophe Roustan Delatour, deputy director of the musée de la Castre, in an interview with the Figaro on the origins of The Croisette. The red carpet is rolled out. Under the palm trees, along the piers of the baths of sea, play of the elbows, behind the poles, it tries to approach his favourite star.

Cannes, the port. HerveFABRE-Photographs Cinema on the beach Mace every evening in the open-access

The palais des festivals was thought to moviegoers “anonymous”, as we call here those who are not “accredited”. The open air cinema returns every evening, from 21: 30, free on the beach Mace in front of the Majestic, accessible to all within the limit of seats available. During this appointment, classic films are projected thanks to the partnership between the city hall of Cannes, the association Cannes Cinéma and the Festival. So The City of fear, the comedy cult of the Void, made by the late Alain Berbérian.

Projection scheduled for may 16 to celebrate the 25 years of the film in the presence of the actors Alain Chabat, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia. A restored version by Studiocanal and TF1 Studio, be broadcast in 4k (higher quality) will be the climax of a series of activities offered by the city around this feature-length film shot in Cannes.

Also open to the general public: the Directors ‘ Fortnight, of which this is the 51st edition of the 15 to 25 may. Tickets can be purchased at the Malmaison, a former hotel located on the Croisette and at the foot of the JW Marriott hotel, for screenings in the hall Theatre Croisette (JW Marriott). The films of this selection are picked in the halls partners in cannes: the Arcades, the Olympia, The Room of Alexander III, The Théâtre la Licorne, Studio 13 at the MJC Picaud and the Cinema le Raimu (sale of tickets from the Tuesday, may 14, at 10 a.m. on the square in front of the Malmaison or the tent Cannes Cinephiles (full Rate: 8 € reduced: 5 €; 6 tickets: from 28 € to 35 €. More info on the website of the Fortnight).

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And the Critics ‘ Week also allows non-accredited free access to its official screenings, which take place at the Espace Miramar. The tickets to remove the ticket office in front of the Espace Miramar – provide access to a queue to attend the screenings in the limit of available places (arrive at least 50 minutes prior to the session).

Exhibition of monumental photographs, “Cannes is the wall”. Here, Roger Moore and Sean Connery at the Hotel de ville Mairie de Cannes

Out of theaters, ride recommended with the “Cannes greeters” (literally “breakfast”), these ambassadors volunteer of the destination. “These are experiences unique visits with fans”, praises to the tourist Office of Cannes that has developed and implemented the concept. René Pierre, who introduces himself on the site of the “greeters” as “retired after a professional career that is very rich, in the crafts, industry, events, and copyright,” to discover, during the Festival the painted walls of the city on the theme of cinema.

Kick off the summer season

With him, the walkers will cross the headliners on canvas in giant format. In the framework of the exhibition “Cannes is the wall” is plastered on the facades of the giant photos of Roger Moore and Sean Connery at the town hall (next to bus station), Natalie Portman at the hotel Cannes Riviera (view from the fast lane), or even Alfred Hitchcock at the Espace Ranguin. But also on tarps on the aerial street of Antibes: Grace Kelly, Jeanne Moreau, Ryan Reynolds, Sophia Loren or Robert Pattinson.

Finally, the Festival kicks off the summer season. Cap on the Lérins islands, 15 minutes by boat, where lived The man in the iron Mask…. This archipelago of pocket -3500 m long and 900 m wide, comprised of two islands, Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat offers a wild nature (152 ha of state forest), an earth red ochre, bathed in turquoise water to relax away from the hustle and bustle, the time of day. Take advantage of this before the high season of summer, when boaters will converge between the two islands, to the point of saturating the view.

The mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, who is also Vice-President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department, has proposed the inclusion of the Lérins Islands on the world heritage list of Unesco. An application sponsored by Gilles Jacob, the President of honor of the Festival de Cannes and Vladimir Gaudrat, Abbot of Lérins, and supported by Yann Arthus Bertrand, Nikos Aliagas, or Marthe Villalonga, a resident of cannes,between other personalities, sensitive to the beauty of the site and the preservation of cultural heritage.

It is possible to stay at the abbey and dine in one of the two snacks near the pier and two restaurants near the fort. Two companies, located on the quai Laubeuf, provide links Cannes to Sainte-Marguerite Island Trans Côte d’azur (tel: 04 92 98 71 30 ; trans-cote-azur.com) and Horizon (tel: 04 92 98 71 36 ; horizon-lerins.com).

Mairie de Cannes

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