Cannes: ‘Gotti’ Gala Added; Masterclasses Set With Travolta, Coogler, Oldman, Nolan


With less than a week to go before the Cannes Film Festival kicks off, final arrangements continue to be put in place. Along with the previously announced Christopher Nolan, masterclasses are to be delivered by Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler; this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman; and John Travolta who will also attend a private world premiere Special Gala Screening of Teflon Don biopic Gotti. Cannes has confirmed the May 15 screening is not part of the Official Selection.

During the festival, the four Rendez-Vous with the artists will be held in the Salle Bunuel and will replace the Leçon de Cinéma. The directors and actors have been invited to share their work and passion, with a focus on American and English cinema.

Coogler, who first appeared in Cannes with 2013 breakout Fruitvale Station, is first up on May 10. That film took the Prix de l’Avenir in the Un Certain Regard section. This year, Coogler helmed the cultural and box office phenomenon Black Panther which has grossed $1.33B globally to date. BP‘s Michael B Jordan will also be in Cannes with Ramin Bahrani’s Fahrenheit 451 which is screening in the Midnight section.

On May 12, Nolan will discuss his work, and the next day will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with the world premiere of a mastered 70mm print.

Travolta has a bunch of reasons to be on the Riviera this year. On May 15, he’ll attend the world premiere gala screening of the Kevin Connolly-directed crime drama Gotti about the titular mob boss and leader of the Gambino crime family. Vertical Entertainment is releasing Gotti on June 15 domestically with Sunrider Productions. On May 16, Travolta will sit down for his masterclass, and that evening will introduce a 40th anniversary restored print of Grease at Cinema de la Plage. His previous trips to Cannes have included for 1994’s Palme d’Or winner Pulp Fiction and the 1998 fest opener Primary Colors.

Finally, on May 18, Darkest Hour Oscar winner Oldman will sit down for a rendez-vous with Douglas Urbanski, his longtime artistic partner. Oldman’s first feature as director, Nil By Mouth, screened in competition in Cannes in 1997, and won Kathy Burke a Best Actress prize.

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