70th Annual Cannes Film Festival Celebration Begins Today Through May 28th


Today kicks off the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France. A number of anticipated entries are included in this year’s competition. Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled with Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst is her first indie film since 2013’s The Bling Ring. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s new drama Loveless has high expectations after the director’s last film, Leviathan, earned he and his co-writer Oleg Negin the Best Screenplay award in 2014. Director Hong Sang-soo has two films premiering at this year’s festival, The Day After and Clair’s Camera, but both have been kept well under the radar until their upcoming debut.

Director Lynne Ramsay is also looking to impress with her latest project You Were Never Really Here, a drama about a veteran who attempts to help a young girl involved in a sex trafficking ring. Other anticipated projects being tossed around the web are Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Michael Haneke’s Happy End. The festival will open tonight with director Arnaud Desplechin’s Les fantômes d’Ismaël (Ismael’s Ghosts). Another big event at this year’s festival will be a Virtual Reality (VR) film called Carne Y Arena from acclaimed writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant). The film runs a full hour and twenty minutes and is the first Virtual Reality film to ever appear at Cannes. The festival will run from the 17th to the 28th in Cannes, France. You can see a full list of this year’s entries below.

Official Selection

Opening Film – Out of competition
Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (Arnaud Desplechin)


(BPM) Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)
Good Time (Benny & Josh Safdie)
Happy End (Michael Haneke)
In the Fade (Fatih Akin)
Jupiter’s Moon (Kornél Mundruczó)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius)
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)
Okja (Bong Joon-ho)
Radiance (Naomi Kawase)
The Square (Ruben Ostlund)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)

Un Certain Regard

Barbara (Mathieu Amalric) – opening film
April’s Daughter (Michel Franco)
Beauty and the Dogs (Kaouther Ben Hania)
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Closeness (Kantemir Balagov)
The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)
Directions (Stephan Komandarev)
Dregs (Mohammad Rasoulof)
Jeune Femme (Léonor Serraille)
L’Atelier (Laurent Cantet)
La Cordillera (Santiago Mitre)
Lucky (Sergio Castellitto)
The Nature of Time (Karim Moussaoui)
Out (György Kristóf)
Walking Past the Future (Li Ruijun)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Wind River (Taylor Sheridan)

Out of Competition

Based on a True Story (Roman Polanski)
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell)
Visages, Villages (Agnès Varda & JR)

Midnight Screenings

A Prayer Before Dawn (Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)
The Merciless (Byun Sung-hyun)
The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil)

Special Screenings

12 Jours (Raymond Depardon)
24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
An Inconvenient Sequel (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk)
Carré 35 (Eric Caravaca)
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Demons in Paradise (Jude Ratman)
Le Vénérable W (Barbet Schroeder)
Napalm (Claude Lanzmann)
Promised Land (Eugene Jarecki)
Sea Sorrow (Vanessa Redgrave)
They (Anahita Ghazvinizadeh)
Top of the Lake (TV – Jane Campion)
Twin Peaks (TV – David Lynch)

Children’s Screening – Zombillénium (Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord)

Virtual Reality – Carne y Arena (Alejandro G Iñárritu)

Director’s Fortnight

A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano)
Alive in France (Abel Ferrara)
L’Amant d’un Jour (Philippe Garrel)
Bushwick (Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott)
Cuori Puri (Roberto de Paolis)
The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
Frost (Sharunas Bartas)
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
L’Intrusa (Leonardo Di Costanzo)
La Defensa Del Dragón (Natalia Santa)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya)
Mobile Homes (Vladimir De Fontenay)
Nothingwood (Sonia Kronlund)
Ôtez-moi d’un Doute (Carine Tardieu)
Patti Cake$ (Geremy Jasper) – closing film
The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
Un Beau Soleil Intérieur (Claire Denis) – opening film
West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited) (Amos Gitai)

Critics’ Week

Ava (Léa Mysius)
La Familia (Gustavo Rondón Córdova)
Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa)
Makala (Emmanuel Gras)
Oh Lucy! (Atsuko Hirayanagi)
Los Perros (Marcela Said)
Tehran Taboo (Ali Soozandeh)

Special Screenings:
Sicilian Ghost Story (Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza) – opening film
Brigsby Bear (Dave McCary) – closing film
Bloody Milk (Hubert Charuel)
A Violent Life (Thierry de Perretti)

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