This year’s Cannes lineup is looking like it’s going to be a special one. Cannes has always been the artistic one compared to the other awards but they usually still feature a big name or two from Hollywood. This year’s selection finally embraces the Cannes uniqueness and verve as it’s jam packed full of quiet gems, hard-hitting pieces that are dark, non-conformist and certainly not contrived. Film geeks and nerds will relish the fact people like Michael Haneke and Arnaud Desplechin will be coming out with new films. Todd Haynes follows up his much-beloved Carol with Wonderstruck.
Bong Joon-Ho’s entry, OKJA (features Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton, Steven Yuen, Jake Gyllenhaal) is another sci-fi dystopian that follows after his impressive Snowpiercer.
Sofia Coppola tries her take on the dark feminist tale, The Beguiled while Yorgos Lanthimos, director of the ingenious and wholly original The Lobster, will try to wow us with his dark psychological drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell) about a family psychiatrist and their insidious son.
Fans of Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, Frances Ha) is in with his first ever Cannes-selected film, The Meyerowitz Stories.
Sean Baker follows up his brilliant and darkly comic transgender indie Tangerine with The Florida Project about the contrast between a group of children’s childhood summer wonder and adventure and their parent’s hard struggle with life’s challenges.
Robin Campillo’s 120 battements par minute (120 beats per minute) catches my interest because we rarely see films about AIDS and advocacy groups to raise awareness and fund research for it while Loznitsky’s A Gentle Creature is adapted from Dostoevsky’s (author of Crime and Punishment) novel.
And of course, finally, I’m just super excited because one of my favourite actors ever Joaquin Phoenix will be in a Jonathan Ames adapted film, You were never really here, about a war veteran’s attempts to save a girl from sex trafficking that goes awry.
You see it now? I wanna be at Cannes SO BAD! Hope I’ll be able to catch as many films as possible when it’s released…what are you excited about?
There’s just too many other fantastic films to talk about, so check them all out here http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/selection/competition-1