Did You Know? The origins of the Festival de Cannes
A preview of the fun: Dinner at Matisse
Les Expressions Françaises: "Dérouler le tapis rouge"
Appear on our Red Carpet
If you did not have a chance to appear on the Red Carpet at the Festival de Cannes this week, don’t worry, on July 15th come to our celebration of Bastille Day and experience the excitement of an evening on the Côte d’Azur.
You will walk on our Red Carpet and be received like celebrities!
If you want to have a preview of the conviviality of our events, join us at 6:30 PM on June 6th at Matisse Restaurant.
Matisse Restaurant artfully prepares modern French Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful setting.
Matisse is located between Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest and provides Contemporary French Fusion cuisine to neighborhood locals and the power players of Washington. In a space designed by Thomas Pheasant, guests dine on the freshest seasonal, organic, and local ingredients in a chic and elegant atmosphere.
25 tickets are available at the price of $94 per person, which consists of $69 for your meal (tax and tip included, drinks excluded) and $25 as a donation to the Comité Tricolore (larger donations are of course encouraged). The donation is tax deductible.
The Cannes Film Festival owes its origin to a diplomatic crisis in 1938, when the jury of the Venice Mostra, then the International Film Festival, changed the award winners under pressure from Hitler and Mussolini in favor of “Olympia”, a nazi propaganda movie.
The decision provoked an outcry from France, the United States and Great Britain whose members left the Mostra determined not to return.
Therefore, the proposal from diplomat Philippe Erlanger to organize another festival, free of pressures, received support from the French Minister of Education and Fine Arts, Jean Zay, and the first edition of the festival was scheduled to be held in September 1939.
However, it wasn’t until 1946 that the Cannes Film Festival finally took place. headed by Jean Cocteau, and held in Cannes.
From then on the Cannes Film Festival grew in popularity. It expanded its scope by introducing various categories of awards, such as the Palme d’Or, the Grand Prix, the Jury Prize, and the Best Director Award.
The opening night tradition of walking up the steps on the red carpet is still considered by celebrities and audiences as one of the essential parts of the Film Festival.
Dérouler le tapis rouge Roll out the red carpet
The expression has its origins in ancient times: the practice dates back to ancient Greece and was associated with welcoming and honoring important guests.
In ancient Greece, red carpets were used to create a path for gods and goddesses during religious ceremonies. The color red was significant because it was associated with power, wealth, and status. The red carpet was a way to show respect and reverence to the deities.