Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Elle

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Elle Paul Verhoeven France, Germany, Belgium SUMMARY Paul Verhoeven has been missing from the film world for about ten years – and it feels like a lot longer. His new movie, entering the Cannes Film Festival, is his very […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Forushande

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes Forushande (Le Client / The Salesman) Asghar Farhadi Iran SUMMARY Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman again deals with the dynamics of behavior within relationships, in this instance a couple try to prevent the cracks emerging as dilemmas and unforeseen circumstances […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: The Neon Demon

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. The Neon Demon Nicolas Winding Refn United States SUMMARY Nicolas Winding Refn has truly received a roller-coaster of opinion for his distinctive visual craft, winning Best Director for the brilliant Drive at Cannes, was followed by what was considered […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Juste La Fin Du Monde

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Juste La Fin Du Monde (It’s Only the End of the World) Xavier Dolan Canada, France SUMMARY Canadian film-making boy wonder Xavier Dolan has been all the Cannes scene in his short, young career. Sharing a prize with the […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Baccalauréat

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Baccalauréat (Graduation) Cristian Mungiu Romania, France SUMMARY Romanian director Cristian Mungiu comes to Cannes this year with Graduation, and earns yet more, warranted, admiration with the film’s great reception. He won the Palme d’Or in 2007 with his magnetic, […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: La Fille Inconnue

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. La Fille Inconnue (The Unknown Girl) Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium SUMMARY The super-talented Dardenne brothers are a part of the regular Cannes movie-going lifestyle in similarly consistent, relentless fashion as Ken Loach. Two Palme d’Ors to their credit […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Julieta

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Julieta Pedro Almodóvar Spain SUMMARY There is a certain efficiency about Julieta, which appears less showy than we tend to expect from Almodóvar. Julieta (Emma Suárez) is a mature woman looking to retire and vanish to Portugal with her […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Aquarius

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Aquarius Kleber Mendonça Filho Brazil SUMMARY Following on from the success of his debut feature film Neighbouring Sounds, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho arrives in Cannes with a drama in three chapters following the intimate and strong-willed nature of […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Paterson

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Paterson Jim Jarmusch United States SUMMARY Jim Jarmusch likes treading his feet in different waters regarding the genre of his movies. I, and those that also have followed the great American independent film wave over the last 30 years, […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Inside Llewyn Davis

  The Cannes Film Festival may be coming to an end this year, but some of the films that came out this year will likely go on to be remembered for years to come. Surely that’s also the case for one that premiered there 3 years ago in 2013. Winning the Grand Prize of the […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Ma’ Rosa

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Ma’ Rosa Brillante Mendoza Philippines SUMMARY Filipino director Brillante Mendoza has set his stall out with a to-the-point family drama. From a struggling family, Ma’Rosa (Jaclyn Jones), mother of four, runs a small local store with her husband, trying […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Personal Shopper

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Personal Shopper Olivier Assayas France SUMMARY Like a few film-makers returning to Cannes this year following competition in 2014 (an incredible year), French director Olivier Assayas follows the intoxicating Clouds of Sils Maria with thriller Personal Shopper. Re-teaming too […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Loving

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Loving Jeff Nichols United States, United Kingdom SUMMARY For those that can remember the Lovings story that ran in Life Magazine many moons ago, may be familiar with the themes of the motion picture Loving (the two main characters’ surnames […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: American Honey

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. American Honey Andrea Arnold United Kingdom, United States SUMMARY Our very own British Andrea Arnold has crafted a well-received American tale, both vast in its exploration of various states it roams through but also claustrophobic in its young cast cooped up in a white […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Mal De Pierres

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Mal De Pierres (From the Land of the Moon) Nicole Garcia France SUMMARY   Playing in a movie in competition at the Cannes Film Festival for an impressive fifth year running Marion Cotillard stars opposite Louis Garrel as a […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Toni Eerdman

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Toni Eerdman Maren Ade Germany, Austria SUMMARY Writer-director Maren Ade has really put herself on the Cannes map with the bittersweet, life-affirming Toni Eerdman, a father-daughter relationship movie like no other it seems. Dentures, a Whitney Houston rendition, a […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Mademoiselle

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Mademoiselle (Ah-ga-ssi / The Handmaiden) Park Chan-wook South Korea SUMMARY Park Chan-wook follows his Hollywood cinemadventure Stoker with a “reworking” of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith where 1930s Korea replaces Victorian England. A picture full of vibrancy in photography and […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: I, Daniel Blake

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. I, Daniel Blake (Moi, Daniel Blake) Ken Loach United Kingdom, France SUMMARY To say the 79 year-old Ken Loach is a British legend and Cannes favorite is an under-statement indeed. His relationship with the festival is nearly 40 years […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Ma Loute

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Ma Loute (Slack Bay) Bruno Dumont France, Germany SUMMARY French auteur Bruno Dumont is quite the veteran in these parts, winning 3 prizes over the years in Cannes, twice a Grand Prize of the Jury bridesmaid for Flandres and […]

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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: Sieranevada

The first rule about not being in Cannes is that you can still talk about Cannes. Sieranevada Cristi Puiu Romania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia SUMMARY Romanian director Cristi Puiu is no stranger to Cannes over the years, was last here with Aurora in 2010, and took the Un Certain Regard prize in 2005 […]

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