Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cannes 2016 Preview

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival is coming its way in May. So, I figured I'd give a quick preview as to what may make its way into the main competition. Let's take a look:

Now, the beauty of the Cannes Film Festival is that it compiles of artistic visions from around the world and not just France. But first, I will delve into which films from here in America may make their way to the Cannes lineup.

Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O'Connell, might premiere along with the children's fantasy The BFG by Steven Spielberg and Cannes regular Woody Allen's latest Cafe Society starring Kristen Stewart. Sean Penn is also a regular at Cannes. So we could see his latest directorial effort The Last Face starring Charlize Theron make its premiere. Jeff Nichols, who just came out with Midnight Special, has a bit of a history with Cannes, having Mud in the main competition for the Palme D'Or back in 2012. So I wouldn't be surprising to see his upcoming Loving compete there.

Speaking of Kristen Stewart, she might also have the film Personal Shopper from her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas from France. Other films that feature French talent that could make their way to Cannes include Elle starring Isabelle Huppert, From The Land Of The Moon starring Marion Cotillard, Staying Vertical by Stranger By The Lake's Alain Guiraudie, and Eternity starring Berenice Bejo, Audrey Tautou, and Melanie Laurent. With Eternity having those three French staples, how could they pass that one up?! The Dardenne Brothers, who did Two Days, One Night, are another Cannes staple and their upcoming The Unknown Girl could enter the competition.

Now onto talents from other parts of the world that could make their way in. Previous Best Director winner for Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn will release his upcoming horror effort Neon Demon starring Elle Fanning. Xavier Dolan, who was on last year's main jury, has It's Only The End Of The World starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel.

But how about someone who hasn't even won the Palme D'Or? Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has collected Oscar hardware: Best Foreign Language Film for All About My Mother and Best Original Screenplay for Talk To Her. But never a Palme D'Or. That could change with his upcoming Julieta. Fellow Hispanic director Pablo Larrain from Chile could also premiere his upcoming Neruda starring Gael Garcia Bernal which depicts an investigation on real-life fugitive poet Pablo Neruda.

While Jodie Foster will likely screen Money Monster at Cannes, how might things look for other women directors? First, there is Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold's U.S. debut American Honey starring Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough along with Planetarium starring Natalie Portman and directed by Rebecca Zlotowski. Also, From The Land Of The Moon is directed by a woman, Nicole Garcia.

For more Cannes coverage on these films and more, please be sure to click on the link down below: