The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival 2019 ended a few days ago. Once again, Caffè Aiello was present on the Croisette in the role of the coffee of Italian cinema, a status also confirmed by its multiple participations in the Venice Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival over the years, as part of its mission to promote the Italian film industry abroad.
This edition began on the 14th May, with the opening film “The Dead Don’t Die” by Jim Jarmusch dividing critics and the audience from Day One. But one thing was indisputable: the delicious taste of the espresso made using Gaetano Aiello’s Secret Recipe, which delighted guests as they worked and relaxed in the Italian Pavilion.
The Italian Pavilion in Cannes, a full immersion into human existence
Caffè Aiello played one of the key roles in the Italian Pavilion, the area created by Istituto Luce Cinecittà to promote the Italian film industry. Here, previews, debates, press conferences and many other interesting initiatives were hosted, including the presentation of the restored film “Seven Beauties” by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini.
During this 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the Italian Pavilion was designed in such a way as to allow the public to experience a full immersion into human existence, through an interactive installation composed of a spectacular path of lasers, blades of light, optical fibres, sounds and images.
Cannes Film Festival 2019: the highlights
The jury chaired by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu awarded the Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival 2019 to the film “Parasite” by Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
Some of the most significant moments of this edition included Quentin Tarantino’s return to Cannes (25 years after Pulp Fiction), a duet between Elton John and Taron Egerton (star of “Rocketman”, biopic dedicated to the British music star), the Honorary Palme d’Or presented to Alain Delon and the emotional reaction to the melancholic film “Dolor y Gloria” by Pedro Almodóvar.
The Traitor, the Italian film in the running at the Cannes Film Festival
The only Italian film in the competition was “The Traitor” by Marco Bellocchio, honoured with a welcoming applause that lasted about 13 minutes. The film tells the story of the first great Mafioso justice collaborator, Tommaso Buscetta, played wonderfully by Pierfrancesco Favino.
The film did not receive any awards, but we are sure that some of its scenes will become cult moments for auteur cinema lovers. At times, coffee has also played a leading role in memorable film scenes: discover them all!