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Lights, Camera, Cannes: A Movie Lover’s Guide to Hosting the Ultimate Film Night!

The Cannes Film Festival 2023 is here and movie lovers around the world are gearing up for one of the most highly anticipated events in the entertainment industry. If you’re planning on hosting a movie night soon, what better way than to showcase some of the best films that have premiered at the festival over the past 15 years? Without further ado, let’s dive in!

“Parasite” (2019) 

This South Korean comedy thriller made history by becoming the first film from South Korea to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” follows the story of a poor family who infiltrates a wealthy household by posing as highly qualified employees. The film is a masterclass in storytelling and won several other awards at Cannes, including the FIPRESCI Prize.

“The Tree of Life” (2011) 

Directed by Terrence Malick, this American film won the Palme d’Or in 2011. “The Tree of Life” is a poetic interpretation of the meaning of life, death, and existence, featuring stunning visuals and a showstopping score. Starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, who give powerful performances as the parents of three boys growing up in 1950s Texas.

“The Square” (2017) 

Directed by Ruben Östlund, this Swedish film bagged the highest honor award at Cannes on year of release. “The Square” is a satirical drama that follows the story of a museum curator who sets up an installation called “The Square,” a symbol of trust and compassion. Biting commentary on contemporary art, class, and modern-day society, this film is a must-watch. 

“Moonlight” (2016) 

This coming-of-age drama won the prestigious Palme d’Or and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Directed by Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” follows the life of a young man from childhood to adulthood as he navigates his identity, existence, and place in the world. This critically acclaimed film is a powerful exploration of love, family, and self-discovery.

Bringing the action straight to you

The festival is truly a celebration of the art of cinema, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by hosting a movie night with friends. Invite the ASKWHO arts group to join in the fun and make it a night to remember. Get creative with decorations, snacks, and drinks that match the theme of each film. You can even hold a small-scale awards ceremony and give out prizes for categories like “Best Director” or “Best Performance”. So why wait? Start planning your evening now and don’t forget to share your highlights with the rest of the community!