Cannes 2012: Festival Schedules Masterclass Sessions

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Philip Kaufman, Alexandre Desplat and Norman Lloyd will give lessons in their crafts at the 65th annual Riviera gathering in May.

PARIS - The Festival de Cannes will head back to school for cinema lessons from director Philip Kaufman, musician Alexandre Desplat and multi-hyphenate Norman Lloyd in a series of Masterclasses sessions to fete the festival's 65th anniversary.

Kaufman, Desplat and Lloyd will each speak about their work at the Buñuel Theatre followed by Q&As with the audience.

Kaufman will give a lesson in directing. The Unbearable Lightness of Being filmmaker has been a prominent figure in American cinema since the 1960s with a filmography spanning both studio and independent movies. Kaufman's latest film, made for HBO, is Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, which will host its world premiere in a festival out of competition screening on May 25.

Ubiquitous musician Desplat will provide festival goers with “A personal history of film music.” Desplat has signed the scores for several titles in this year’s Official Selection and was in Cannes for a Masterclass in 2006.

American actor, producer and director Lloyd will teach "A History Lesson." The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy will interview the 97-year-old legendary figure in U.S. cinema history.

The Festival de Cannes runs May 16-27.