Highlights of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Are you a movie buff?* If so, you might be excited for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival! The international film festival, which is currently taking place in the French Riviera, is known as the best place to learn about the most exciting new movies from around the world.

If you are not familiar with Cannes, check out our article about this international film festival and its history before learning about this year’s celebration.

*movie buff = a person who likes movies

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70th Anniversary
This year is the 70th anniversary of the festival. The Jury for the main competition includes American actors Jessica Chastain and Will Smith, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared, and film directors Paolo Sorrentino (Italian), Maren Ade (German), Agnes Jaoui (French), and Park Chan-wook (South Korean). The Jury President is Spanish director and screenwriter Pedro Almodovar. The Jury will award films in many categories: check out our previous article for information regarding these main awards.


Monica Belluci

A few other important names and faces of 2017 Cannes include Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who will be hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. The film Ismael’s Ghosts by Arnaud Desplechin was chosen as the film to open the festival and a beautiful photo of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale was chosen as the film’s official poster.

Golden Palm films
The most prestigious award for Cannes is the Golden Palm. The following films are competing for the award. Have you heard of any of them? Film lovers should check these works out: they are considered some of the best new movies of the year.

  • In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) directed by Fatih Akin (Germany)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) directed by Noah Baumbach (USA)
  • Okja directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea and USA)
  • 120 Beats per Minute (120 battlements par minute) directed by Robin Campillo (France)
  • The Beguiled directed by Sofia Coppola (USA)
  • Rodin directed by Jacques Doillon (France, Belgium)
  • Happy End directed by Michael Haneke (France, Germany, Austria)
  • Wonderstruck directed by Todd Haynes (USA)
  • Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) directed by Michel Hazanavicius (France)
  • The Day After directed by Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)
  • Radiance directed by Naomi Kawase (Japan, France)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland, UK, USA)
  • A Gentle Creature directed by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine, France)
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Jupiter holdja) directed by Kornel Mundrczo (Hungary)
  • The Square directed by Ruben Ostlund (Sweden, Denmark, USA, France)
  • L’Amant Double directed by Francois Ozon (France)
  • You Were Never Really Here directed by Lynne Ramsay (UK, USA, France)
  • Good Time directed by Joshua and Ben Safdie (USA)
  • Loveless directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)

To learn more, visit the official Cannes Film Festival website.

Have you heard of any of these directors or movies? Do you think the jury and the films reflect the diversity of filmmaking? Give us your thoughts on the Ziggurat Facebook page!

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality

Student’s Review. BBC’s website ‘Learning English’ by Lourdes Montero

Hoy os traemos una nueva review escrita por una de nuestras alumnas de inglés. ¡No os perdáis sus recomendaciones hablando de la página de BBC, donde encontraréis infinidad de recursos para practicar! Thank you very much Lourdes!

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One of the biggest difficulties when learning English is understanding people when they are speaking. Oral comprehension is one of the skills that we English learners have to improve in order to gain linguistic skills and fluency.

Nowadays it’s much easier to learn languages thanks to the Internet. In this respect, there are a multitude of free resources available to help in the learning of English. One of the main websites dedicated to this goal is the BBC’s. It’s a virtual place where you can be in touch with real British English.

What’s it about?
The BBC is a world broadcasting reference in the English language. Furthermore, its importance in journalism, news, education and culture is well-known throughout the world, especially within English-speaking countries. In non-English-speaking countries, the BBC represents a model of success and a huge school of this world language.

In its educating role, the BBC has a specific website called Learning English, which is really helpful for vocabulary and expressions and also for listening practice:

Why is this website good for English learners?
BBC’s Learning English website is part of the BBC World Service, which offers free audio, video and reading materials to English learners around the world. Thanks to this wide range of multimedia, every learner can choose the most appropriate material for their needs.

You can access courses according to your level, topics depending on your needs or interests and material relevant for each level. Here are my three favourite sections:

  1. 6-minute English. In these podcasts, BBC presenters discuss a topic and at the same time introduce related vocabulary. Some of the listening files include quotes from an interview or the participation of a guest speaker.
  2. LingoHack. This section uses authentic BBC World news bulletins. Key words are selected from certain pieces of news to help learners go into depth of the meaning.
  3. The English we speak. This part provides phrases and expressions that can be used in everyday conversations, just like native English speakers do.