Celebrating its 70th year, Cannes Film Festival is on its way to steal our screens. Hosted by Monica Bellucci, we’re set to see not only an amazing and diverse lineup this year, but also the first virtual reality installation by Birdman and The Revenant director entitled Carne y Arena, Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut of Come Swim, and a screening of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. With notable films like The Beguiled and closing film Brigsby Bear screening, the festival will take place from May 17 to 28, and we’ve got several sights for sore eyes this year.
Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev steels a moment of chaos in between heartbreak as a married couple goes through a divorce when their child goes missing.
Based on a True Story
After his last film Venus in Fur, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist auteur Roman Polanski comes back to Cannes with Eva Green in a story about a writer who sinks into depression after the release of her latest book and gets involved with an obsessive admirer.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Following up his amazing dystopian black comedy The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos teams up again with Colin Farrell, now with Nicole Kidman by his side, and any Lanthimos fan can tell we’re about to see disaster unfold. Surgeon Steven Murphy bonds with a teenage patient, who turns out to have more sinister than sensitive sensibilities.
Todd Haynes clearly knows how to wax a visual tale of emotion, off of his 2015 drama Carol. Weaving two stories of escape, loss, and the search of a different life, he sees through two separate lives (one played by Millicent Simmonds, a 14-year old deaf actress) in different times, both running away from home to find answers.
You Were Never Really Here
Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay’s upcoming thriller drama competes for the Palme d’Or with Joaquin Phoenix as the story’s protagonist, a war veteran who attempts to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring.
After winning multiple awards for her performance in Elle, Isabelle Huppert teams up with two-time Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke (who might make history by winning a third) in a drama concerning the life of a bourgeoisie family settled in Calais as the European refugee crisis goes on.
120 Beats per Minute
In the running for Palme d’Or as well as the Queer Palm award, French-Moroccan director Robin Campillo goes back in time to tell the story of HIV/AIDS activists in the ’90s who joined the Paris chapter of the advocacy group ACT UP.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Adapting Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi short story to the big screen, John Cameron Mitchell casts Alex Sharp in the sci-fi romcom set in the ’70s UK as a shy teen who ventures to a party with his friend to talk to girls, only bonding with one played by Elle Fanning who turns out to be out of this world, literally.
With her penchant for fiction through documentarian lenses, Naomi Kawase tells a visceral tale of Misako (Ayame Misaki), a screenwriter who meets Masaya (Masatoshi Nagase, who has collaborated with Kawase as well as Jim Jarmusch several times), an older photographer who slowly loses his eyesight. As she falls in love with him, he teachers her to see the radiance in the mundane before he stops seeing it himself.–JANROE THE BOAT