ARRI Reflects on an Eventful Cannes 2018

ARRI’s presence, products, and services behind the 71th Cannes International Film Festival—a summary.

Every spring, the film industry travels to the Croisette for the Festival de Cannes. ARRI, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of film and broadcast equipment, also takes part in this global film industry gathering.  

The Cannes International Film Festival has proven to be an important place for ARRI to meet with directors, producers, cinematographers, associations, film schools, and other industry professionals from around the world, to exchange information, talk about new projects, and the usage of our equipment. We welcome world sales opportunities and engage with the up-and coming.

We appreciate the broad usage of ARRI equipment by cinematographers from all parts of the world. We strive to develop reliable products, which offer creative choices in the highest quality—since 1917. We promise to work hard to continue this legacy.

The majority of films shown at the Cannes festival, from the main competition through to “Un Certain Regard” and “Director´s Fortnight” to “Critic´s Week,” were shot with ARRI equipment, in particular the ALEXA Mini. Out of the 21 films selected for best picture at the 2018 Cannes main competition, 15 were shot with ARRI cameras and 11 of these were captured with ALEXA. “Once again, ARRI’s digital cameras reign supreme as the choice of international auteurs and their cinematographers” remarked “Indiewire”.

The top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or, went this year to SHOPLIFTERS by Kore-Eda Hirokazu and was shot on ARRICAM ST. The Jury prize (3rd place) went to CAPERNAÜM by Nadine Labaki and was shot on ALEXA Mini & XT while Best Director was awarded to director Pawel Pawlikowski for COLD WAR and was shot on ALEXA XT with ARRI Ultra Prime lenses.

During the festival, ARRI took the opportunity to produce several video interviews with filmmakers. ARRI had the pleasure of interviewing Danish Cinematographer Mattias Troelstrup DFF about his work on director Eva Husson’s GIRL OF THE SUN, a drama about Kurdish female fighters beautifully lensed by him. During the interview, he talked about his work and explained how ARRI technology has helped him.

In an interview with ARRI at the Festival de Cannes, DP Mattias Troelstrup explained his work on GIRLS ON THE SUN

Christopher Wessels, DP on RAFIKI, which was screened in the “Un Certain Regard” section of the festival, spoke about his work with ALEXA Mini on this film. RAFIKI tells the love story between two Kenyan girls and the difficulties they encounter in an environment hostile to homosexuality. It was the second project to benefit from ARRI´s International Support Program (ISP) with picture post production by ARRI Media.

The RAFIKI team meets ARRI (from left to right): Christopher Wessels (DP), Gerhard Meixner (Razor Film), Mandy Rahn (ARRI), Samantha Mugatsia (Actress), Wanuri Kahiu (Director), Dr. Joerg Pohlman (ARRI), Steven Markovitz (Producer), Ute Boehringer-Mai (ARRI), Tamsin Ranger (Big World Cinema), and Elisabeth Hesemans (Acting Coach)

ARRI also met with Tatjana Krstevski, Serbian cinematographer of TERET showing at Director’s Fortnight, who was one of the few females whose film was nominated for the competition. Other interviews include French DP Eric Dumont and his work on Stépahe Brizé’s AT WAR, which deals with themes such as workplace closings and worker’s strikes, and Federico Cesca’s work on Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky's debut YOMEDDINE which tells a touching story with an uplifting message that champions society’s underdogs.

Marc Shipman-Mueller (l.) and Natasza Chroscicki (both ARRI) welcomed Federico Cesca to the interview

ARRI Media’s International team also had a strong presence at the Marché du Film during the festival. Current project highlights of the group, such as LITTLE MISS DOLITTE (family entertainment from Germany), PARTY HARD, DIE YOU (genre cinema from Austria), and THE ASPERN PAPERS (drama from UK), were featured.

Another important announcement happened at Cannes, when producer Tianying Media announced that the suspense drama JUNE, directed by Wang Yang and starring Aaron Kwok and Miao Miao, would be co-produced with ARRI China. This will be ARRI China’s first co-production endeavor and ARRI Media will be handling European sales.

Announcing JUNE in Cannes (from left to right): May Leung (Top Trend), Jarvis Wu (actor), Miao Miao (lead actress), Aaron Kwok (lead actor), Wu Jian (Tianying Media), and Forest Liu (ARRI China)

This year at Cannes, ARRI also enjoyed gathering with filmmakers from all over the world to toast to the art of cinema. ARRI has always placed great importance on building and maintaining exceptional relationships with filmmakers. In collaboration with Director’s Fortnight, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, ARRI welcomed more than 600 customers, partners, and friends at Plage de Quinzaine. The new ARRI camera system, ALEXA LF, was showcased along with the latest lighting equipment from the SkyPanel series. Whilst enjoying “Cocktails with ARRI,” fruitful discussions and networking took place. ARRI was proud to be a partner again of this diverse and bold category that has proven its important place at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

ARRI would like to congratulate all the participants and well-deserved prize recipients of Cannes 2018. For a complete list of winners, please visit the official Festival de Cannes website.

Opening Image: Stephan Schenk (left, ARRI) and Denis Alarcon Ramirez (DP) in front of an ALEXA LF