RENAULT CELEBRATES A LOVE STORY SPANNING 35 YEARS WITH THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Added: 24 April 2018

  • A historic partner since 1983, Renault will be present once again for the 71st Cannes Film Festival
  • The official fleet of 300 Renault Espace and Talisman vehicles, bearing the renowned Golden Palm emblem, will carry guests, jury members and partners throughout the fortnight-long event
  • Australia’s Cate Blanchett will be leading the jury at the event, which takes place between 8th and 19th May
  • 2018 also marks the 120th anniversary of the ties linking Renault with the silver screen
  • Renault has partnerships with the film industry right across the world, including the UK as official car partner with the BFI London Film Festival for the last 23 years

The Cannes Film Festival is joining forces with Renault once again for the 71st edition of the event, taking place between 8th and 19thMay 2018. The official fleet will be made up of 300 Renault vehicles – 170 Renault Espace and 130 Talisman. A ‘brand image’ fleet will also be present, with Renault Trafic SpaceClass, All-New Renault Koleos, and electric vehicles ZOE and Twizy. Based on a schedule spanning the whole fortnight, drivers will take VIPs to film viewings and interviews, from the Croisette promenade to the red carpet. Over 20,000 journeys will take place during the Festival.

Renault, official partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1983
In the beginning, festival-goers used to walk to the steps of the Palais des Festivals. The Cannes Film Festival quickly grew to become the leading international Cinema Festival and as a result, mobility and transport became a central issue. Renault, a French brand with global reach, was chosen in 1983.

Claude Hugot, Director of Public Relations with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “Renault is one of the oldest partners of the Cannes Film Festival. We first worked together in 1983. Back then, VIPs were driven to the iconic steps of the Palais des Festivals in a Renault 25. 1983 was particularly symbolic for us in that it was a Japanese film, ‘The Ballad of Narayama’ by Shohei Imamura that won the Golden Palm".

Renault celebrates 120 years with the silver screen
The story goes back to 1898, when the Lumière brothers set up their first film studios near the Renault factory on Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt. As a result of the close ties forged by the two families, Renault became the preferred partner of actors and directors. Renault voiturettes could be seen in the first adverts, and subsequently in films by Jacques Tati, Claude Sautet, Claude Lelouch, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Wim Wenders and Xavier Dolan among others. Every year, around forty vehicles feature in 200 TV and cinema productions.

Today, Renault is a partner of Unifrance, the Golden Globes, the Ateliers de Beaune workshops and France’s César film awards, as well as the festivals of Deauville, Lyon Lumière, Alpe d’Huez, Cabourg and Angoulême.

In the UK, Renault has been the official car partner of the British Film Institute for the past 23 years, providing a fleet of vehicles to chauffeur talent across the city during the London Film Festival. 

Cannes 2018: a line-up including Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee and Asghar Farhadi
At the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the key notes will be glamour, with Cate Blanchett leading the jury, and humour, with Édouard Baer as master of ceremonies. Love will also be part of the line-up, as illustrated by the official poster for the event, showing a scene from Pierrot le Fou by Jean-Luc Godard in which Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo kiss passionately in their cars.

The line-up for 2018 includes 18 films turning the spotlight on France, Asia and Italy. This year’s event also sees the return of a number of directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Christophe Honoré, Spike Lee, Jafar Panahi, Lee Chang-Dong and Kore-Eda Hirokazu. Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows) by Asghar Farhadi with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will open the festival on May 8 before its general release the next day!

Claude Hugot continued: “The cinema helps us to build our media profile all over the world, from China to Brazil, India, Latin America and Russia. The Cannes Film Festival enjoys huge press coverage with an estimated value of over 40 million euros. That’s good for our brand and for our products.”

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