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The Cannes Film Festival
Mai 17 @ 8:00 am - Mai 28 @ 8:00 pm
After months of speculation, the day has finally arrived when we’ll get a solid look at what’s in store for the 70th Cannes Film Festival which runs May 17-28. Chief Thierry Frémaux is announcing the lineup this morning in Paris, and it’s one which has been shrouded in more mystery than I can recall in 20 years of covering the event. Names we expect to be announced as part of the Official Selection today include Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Todd Haynes, Yorgos Lanthimos and Michel Hazanvicius. The latter has been tipped as a possibility to open the festival with his Jean-Luc Godard-themed Redoubtable, although there’s still a question mark there. We’ll know more in just a few moments. The full list of titles announced today (Frémaux typically saves some surprises to be added over the remaining weeks before the Riviera shindig kicks off) is being updated below, so keep checking back.
The Cannes Film Festival has just made a handful of additions to its Official Selection, including Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story (D’Après Une Histoire Vraie), which will screen out of competition. The Eva Green starrer had been tipped to be part of the lineup originally announced April 13, and its inclusion today comes during a time when the director’s 40-year-old child sex conviction is again in the U.S. courts.
Based on a True Story is based on the novel by Delphine de Vigan and co-scripted by Olivier Assayas. It’s centered on a writer who gets involved with an obsessive admirer after the release of her latest book. Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner also stars with Vincent Perez.
Leaving aside the controversy, let’s note that Ruben Ostlund’s The Square also was added to the Cannes competition lineup today, moving up from Un Certain Regard. This is the next from the director of 2014’s Force Majeure, which was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, and many felt was snubbed for a nomination.
Added to UCR today are La Cordillera by Santiago Mitre and Walking Past the Future by Li Ruijun. Barbet Schroeder is getting a Special Screening berth with Le Vénérable W., as is Carré 35 from Éric Caravaca.
Cannes has also added a tribute to André Téchiné including his latest film, Nos Années Folles; a Children’s Screening of Zombillénium d’Arthur by Pins and Alexis Ducord; and an event with concert and film by Tony Gatliff.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin (Out of Competition)
70th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Top of the Lake: China Girl, dirs: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami
Twin Peaks, dir: David Lynch
Come Swim, dir: Kristen Stewart
VIRTUAL REALITY FILM
Carne Y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), dir: Alejandro G Inarritu
Academy Award winners Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki have teamed up once again to create the experimental virtual reality installation “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible).” The six and half minute solo experience is the first virtual reality project to be chosen for the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will premiere next month ahead of its official opening at the Fondazione Prada in Milan in June.
The film explores the human conditions of immigrants and refugees. Here is the official description of the project: Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. “CARNE y ARENA” employs the highest, never-before-used virtual technology to create a large, multi-narrative light space with human characters.
An Inconvenient Sequel, dirs: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk
12 Jours, dir: Raymond Depardon
They, dir: Anahita Ghazinizadeh
Keul-Le-Eo-Ui-Ka-Me-La (Clair’s Camera), dir: Hong Sangsoo
Promised Land, dir: Eugene Jarecki
Napalm, dir: Claude Lanzmann
Demons In Paradise, dir: Jude Ratman
Sea Sorrow, dir: Vanessa Redgrave
AK-Nyeo (The Villainess), dir: Jung Byung-gil
Bulhandang (The Merciless), dir: Byun Sung-hyun
Prayer Before Dawn, dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
OUT OF COMPETITION
Mugen Non Junin, (Blade Of The Immortal), dir: Takashi Miike
How To Talk To Girls At Parties, dir: John Cameron Mitchell
Visages, Villages, dir: Agnes Varda & JR
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov
Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
L’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet
Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui
Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano
Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan
Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille
Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev
Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof
Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Good Time, dirs: Benny and Josh Safdie
You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay
L’Amant Double, dir: Francois Ozon
Jupiter’s Moon, dir: Kornel Mundruczo
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
The Day After, dir: Hang Sangsoo
Redoubtable, dir: Michel Hazanavicius
Wonderstruck, dir: Todd Haynes
Happy End, dir: Michael Haneke
Rodin, dir: Jacques Doillon
The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola
In the Fade, dir: Fatih Akin
The Meyerowitz Stories, dir: Noah Baumbach
Okja, dir: Bong Joon-ho
120 Battements Par Minute, dir: Robin Campillo
Hikari (Radiance), dir: Naomi Kawase
A Gentle Creature, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
The Critics’ Week sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival revealed its selection for the 56th edition this morning with Artistic Director Charles Tesson unveiling 11 first and second features that will make up the main program, including seven in competition, as well as 13 shorts. American helmer Dave McCary’s directorial debut Brigsby Bear, whose film premiered in Sundance in January, will close the sidebar, while Fabrio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s second directorial effort Sicilian Ghost Story is set to open.
Critics’ Week celebrates films from first-time and second-time directors and this year, says Tesson, the section received 1,700 short films and watched 1,250 feature films. Among the 11 features selected, six are first films and five are second films.
Italian directors Grassadonia and Piazza will return to the sidebar for a second time after their debut Salvo won the Grand Prize in 2013. Supernatural thriller and unconventional mafia pic Sicilian Ghost Story focuses on a young girl who rebels against the silence of a village after her love, a young boy of 13, vanishes.
McCary’s debut Brigsby Bear, which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for $5M in Sundance, stars Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg in a quirky comedy about a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one (Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, his life changes forever and he sets out to finish the story himself.
Hubert Charuel’s debut Bloody Milk (Petit Paysan) focuses on a farmer in his thirties, whose life revolves around his farm and cows until misfortune strikes. The thriller will receive a special screening while Thierry de Peretti’s second feature, A Violent Life (Une Vie Violente), which examines the political and historical dimension of Corsica, will also get a special screening.
There’s a big spread of nationalities in this year’s selection, with two French directors in competition and directors from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. in the mix. It’s also the first time in Critics’ Week history that both a documentary and animation film are in competition: Ali Soozandeh’s animation Tehran Taboo, which explores the unconceivable picture of life in Tehran, and Emmanuel Gras’ second documentary Makala, which is set in the Congo, are both in competition.
The 10 short films and seven feature films in competition will be submitted to Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho, who is this year’s Jury President. He’ll award the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for feature films and The Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films.
Critics Week will take place from May 18-26.
Here’s the full list:
FEATURE FILMS IN SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Sicilian Ghost Story, dir: Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Opening Night Film)
Bloody Milk, dir: Hubert Charuel*
A Violent Life, dir: Thierry de Peretti
SHORT FILMS SPECIAL SCREENING
After School Knife Fight, dir: Caroline Poggie & Jonathan Vinel
Bad Bunny, dir: Carlos Conceicao
Islands, dir: Yann Gonzalez
Brigsby Bear, dir: Dave McCary*
Ava, dir: Lea Mysius*
La Familia, dir: Gustavo Rondon Cordova*
Gabriel and the Mountain, dir: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa
Makala, dir: Emmanuel Gras
Oh Lucy!, dir: Atsuko Hirayanagi*
Los Perros, dir: Marcela Said
Tehran Taboo, dir: Ali Soozandeh*
SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION
Los Desheredados, dir: Laura Ferrés
Elsa – Sketches on a Departure, dir: Oliver Adam Kusio
Children Leave At Dawn, dir: Manon Coubia
Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, dir: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Möbius, dir: Sam Kuhn
Real Gods Require Blood, dir: Moin Hussain
Selva, dir: Sofia Quiros Ubeda
Tesla: Luxiere Mondiale, dir: Matthew Rankin
Exposure, dir: Salvatore Lista
*denotes first film eligible for the Camera d’Or