• Nicole Ruskell

2022 Cinema de la Plage

One of the best parts of the #CannesFilmFestival is the nightly film on the beach, open to all and FREE! Here are this year's films and the directors presenting them.


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What's better than watching a film with your toes in the sand? How about watching a film presented by the actual director? And then, make it open to the public and free.


As with all the festivals that place in Cannes, the city makes sure that the local community is included and has the opportunity to take participate for free. The Cinema de la Plage, or the Beach Cinema, is a free film screening every night during the #FestivaldeCannes featuring a selection of classic films, blockbusters of yesterday and even some world premiers! This is also a great way to see a director’s cut, or hear about the film from the filmmaker him/herself when they present the film on stage, in person.


Did anyone catch the legendary filmmaker, Oliver Stone last year when he presented his personal version of "JFK", as he wanted to make it? It was a long night with a 4+ hour film starting at 10pm, but what an opportunity! Then, of course, it was the Grand Master himself, Spike Lee, who presented the final film on the beach, his musical documentary "David Byrnes American Utopia". This year, other filmmaker greats like Rob Reiner and Baz Luhrmann will take the stage.


The films start at 9:30 pm each night of the #Cannesfilmfestival .

The screenings are open to the public and no tickets are needed to enter, however, there are a limited number of seats so you need to queue early (plan on getting in line no later than 7pm).


And make sure to have a few €s on hand for the resident 'chou-chou' vendor, selling his candy-roasted nuts.



2022 Cinema de la Plage lineup:


  • Tuesday 17 May THE TRUMAN SHOW, Peter WEIR 1998 - USA

  • Wednesday 18 May THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Rob REINER* 1984 - USA *presented by Rob Reiner

  • Thursday 19 May BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, Christophe GANS* 2001 - FRANCE *Presented by Christophe Gans and Samuel le Bihan

  • Friday 20 May EST-OUEST, Régis WARGNIER* 1999 - FRANCE/RUSSIA/BULGARIA/SPAIN *Presented byRégis Wargnier

  • Saturday 21 May THE GODFATHER, Francis Ford COPPOLA 1972 - USA *Presented by Andrea Kalas (Paramount Archives), Charles Rivkin (President of the Motion Picture Association)

  • Sunday 22 May A MONKEY IN WINTER, Henri VERNEUIL 1962 - FRANCE *Presented by Nicolas Seydoux (President Gaumont)

  • Monday 23 May SAVE OUR SCHOOL, Carine MAY, Hakim ZOUHANI* 2022 - FRANCE *WORLD PREMIER Presented by Carine May, Hakim Zouhani, d'Anaïde Rozam, Sérigne M'Baye, Gilbert Melki, Sébastien Chassagne and Raphaël Quenard

  • Tuesday 24 May STRICTLY BALLROOM, Baz LUHRMANN* 1992 - AUSTRALIA *Presented by Baz Luhrmann

  • Wednesday 25 May CHRISTOPHE... DEFINITELY, Ange LECCIA, Dominique GONZALEZ-FOERSTER* 2022 - FRANCE *Presented by the filmmakers, followed by live musical evening, see below

  • Thursday 26 May E.T, Steven SPIELBERG 1982 - USA

  • Friday 27 May FANFAN LA TULIPE, Christian-JAQUE 1952 - FRANCE

  • Saturday 28 May THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, Peter BOGDANOVICH 1971 - USA


Giant Karaoke Evening

On Wednesday 25 May, the film screening of "Christophe...Définitivement" will be followed by a GIANT KARAOKE presented by Aline Afanouké. The audience is invited to get up and dance and sing their heart out to classic French chanson, standards, rap and international pop hits. This event celebrates the 30th anniversary of ARTE and they will be present filming the evening for a future televised show.

For more detailed information, visit the official Festival de Cannes website.



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