Filmgoers flock to French Riviera town for annual cinema festival

London, 17 May, 2010: It’s that time of the year again: the world’s best-known film festival has just commenced with style, for the 63rd year running, encouraging all eyes to be turned to the south of France and the Côte d’Azur resort town of Cannes.

The 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival, held for 12 days in May 2010, has just kicked off with Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The film joins other blockbusters from American directors like Woody Allen and Oliver Stone in the noncompetition section. Yet it’s the comparatively unknown films, directors and actors from all over the world that gain the most attention with their chance to be seen on the international stage. Tim Burton, the American director of films like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Alice In Wonderland,” will be leading the nine-member jury to decide who will take out the prestigious Palme d’Or award. Amongst the 19 entries from 15 countries in the main competition lineup, acclaimed directors such as Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, Britain’s Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, and Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are notable inclusions.

The French coastal towns of Cannes and Deauville are both well known for their cinema festivals, and France is highly regarded for its contribution to the world of cinema. Film, as le septième art (the “seventh art”), is held to be a respected art form, and is also one of the reasons that language students of all ages decide to study French, according to ESL Schools, a leading French-language tuition institute in France and Switzerland. Other reasons include French literature, art, history and cuisine, however it’s cinema that surges in popularity coinciding with major film festivals, new film releases and launches of film retrospectives. The French capital, Paris, features as both subject and backdrop for an innumerable quantity of films from all around the world, and the laid-back pace of life in Provence has been the theme of several popular English-language films and novels in recent years. Learning French in France, an opportunity that ESL provides students, is a sure-fire way to immerse oneself in the country and culture during one’s studies.

About ESL Schools: The Ecole Suisse de Langues (ESL) currently offers one of the widest ranges of holiday courses in France and Switzerland for younger learners, with language centers offering language courses France on the Côte d’Azur and language courses Switzerland in the Swiss Alps. French locations include Valbonne s/Cannes in the south of France and those in Switzerland include Montreux, Leysin, Ascona and Zug for French, German, English or Italian courses. For adults looking for a French language course, there are language centers in Montreux, Switzerland or Lyon and Nice in France. The Ecole Suisse de Langues offers students an enriching experience, regardless of the chosen learning center, marked by the ESL passion for teaching languages by immersion through the use of dynamic and modern methods.