24 heures de l’INSA

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The “24 heures de l’INSA” is definitely the biggest event on the campus, and even the most important students festival in France. This event takes place at the end of May during a whole weekend, and brings together well-known artists, incredible sportsmen and more than 10,000 visitors a day !

Created in 1972, i.e. 15 years after the INSA’s foundation, the 24 heures de l’INSA is now fully part of the school’s identity, although its organizations and main goals have evolved throughout the years. Indeed, the event takes its name from a sports competition that appeared years ago : for 24 hours straight, sportsmen were biking around the campus and had to get the highest score (the best bikers travel more than 800 km !). Today, this tradition still takes place during the festival and isn’t restricted to biking : a 24h-long foot race, as well as a 24h-triathlon are organized and open to eveyone who wants to participate. And if you don’t take part in the races, plenty of activities are also set during the day (dance shows, theater plays, outdoor activities, etc.).

But the 24h de l’INSA isn’t only for sportsmen. Actually, the concerts at night draw visitors the most. For two nights, about 20 artists perform on the 3 stages of the festival. Well-known musicians, rising stars, techno music or rock bands, there is something for every taste !

Also fully organized by an INSA students association, this event is outstanding by its magnitude but as well by the large staff crew it necessitates. The core of the organization is made of about 80 voluntary students who work all year long to organize the festival : invitations to the artists, rent of materials for the concert stages and bars, plans for water and electricity flows, etc. But the crew isn’t bound to the association members : as the event approaches, the association hires not less than 100 volunteer students to help on the festival, and also a few others as part of the technical crew.

So don’t forget to buy your tickets for the concerts and take part in the races ! And if you want to help and discover the backstage of the biggest festival of the campus, don’t hesitate to sign in as a crew member. You’ll be more than welcome !

Visit the 24h’s official website : www.24heures.org

Cannes Film Festival

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The closing ceremony of the 69th edition took place on May 22, 2016 where the prizes for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival were announced

The festival always have surprising results, and very few, for instance, saw it coming that 79-year-old Briton Ken Loach’s social commentary, I, Daniel Blake, would win the Palme d’Or, Cannes’s top prize. The film portrays a handicapped laborer struggling to provide for his family, and Loach himself acknowledged (in French) the dissonance of accepting an award for the movie in such a glamorous setting. He won the Palme d’Or once before, in 2006, forThe Wind That Shakes the Barley.

The Grand Prix, went to 27-year-old auteur Xavier Dolan for It’s Only the End of the World, starring Gaspard Ulliel as a famous playwright who returns home after a 12-year absence to tell the family he abandoned (which includes Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, and Marion Cotillard) that he is dying. The movie, comprised of endless close-up shots and cacophonous arguments, is not easy to watch and was one of the most divisive films here, but Dolan already has a long history with Cannes, having first shown a picture at the festival in 2009 when he was only 21. The young director is also known for directing Adele’s sweeping video for “Hello”.

Director Xavier Dolan, awarded the Grand Prix for the film “It’s Only the End of the World”, and director Ken Loach, awarded the Palme d’Or for the film “I, Daniel Blake”, onstage during the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2016.


Here is a full list of the festival winners :
Palme d’Or: I, Daniel BlakeGrand Prix: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only the End of the World
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Best Director: Cristian Mungiu (Graduation) and Olivier Assayas (PersonalShopper)
Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma ‘Rosa
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Caméra d’Or (for best first feature): Divines (director: Houda Benyamina)
Short Film Palme d’Or: Timecode


Etienne Chauvet