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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.13.17]



Almost that time of year again: Cannes. Though it's not the first festival of the year it's certainly one of the biggest in terms of setting up what we can expect to look forward to (or avoid) for the remainder of the year and this year's festival is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one.


Though our French correspondent will have more from the press conference, the 19 films selected for competition for this year's Palm d'Or are a bit too juicy to not look at sooner rather than later.


The selected films are a mix of some new faces but mostly a bevy of Cannes alumni, most notable among them being Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster) who will be premiering his second English-language feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, Michael Haneke debuting Happy End with Isabelle Huppert and the Safdie Brother's who are hoping to make a splash with the crime drama Good Time starring Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Robert Pattinson.


Also in the mix are Lynne Ramsay with You Were Never Really Here, an adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sofia Coppola's anticipated The Beguiled, an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's civil war set novel about a soldier who finds himself at the mercy of a group of women at a boarding school and perhaps the most surprising title in the mix Bong Joon-Ho's Okja which becomes the first Netflix original to screen at the festival.



Also announced are Takashi Miike's manga adaptation Blade of the Immortal which is screening Out of Competition, Hell or High Water scribe Taylor Sheridan's Wind River which is screening in Un Certain Regard sidebar, and a pair of Korean titles, The Villainess and The Merciless, screening in the Midnight section.


This year's Cannes Film Festival runs May 17 to 28.


Competition

Wonderstruck, Todd Haynes
Le Redoutable, Michel Hazanavicius
Geu-Hu (The Day After), Hong Sangsoo
Hikari (Radiance), Naomi Kawase
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos
A Gentle Creature, Sergei Loznitsa
Jupiter's Moon, Kornel Mundruczo
L'amant Double, Francois Ozon
You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
Good Time, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev
The Meyerowitz Stories, Noah Baumbach
Ismael's Ghosts, Arnaud Desplechin
In the Fade, Fatih Akin
Okja, Bong Joon-Ho
120 Battements Par Minute, Robin Campillo
The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola
Rodin, Jacques Doillon
Happy End, Michael Haneke

Out of Competition

Blade of the Immortal, Takashi Miike
How to Talk to Girls at Parties, John Cameron Mitchell
Visages, Visages, JR and Agnes Varda

Un Certain Regard

Barbara, Mathieu Amalric
La Novia del Desierto (The Desert Bride) , Cecilia Atan, Valeria Pivato
Jeune Femme, Leonor Serraille
Lerd (Dregs), Mohammad Rasoulof
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature Of Time) , Karim Moussaui
Anpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish) , Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Out, Gyorgy Kristof
Posoki (Directions), Stephan Komandarev
Western, Valeska Grisebach
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter) , Michel Franco
Fortunata (Lucky), Sergio Castellitto
L'atelier, Laurent Cantet
Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty and the Dogs), Kaouther Ben Hania
Tesnota (Closeness), Kantemir Balagov
After The War, Annarita Zambrano
Wind River, Taylor Sheridan

Special Screenings

Clair's Camera, Hong Sangsoo
12 Jours, Raymond Depardon
They, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Promised Land, Eugene Jarecki
Napalm, Claude Lanzmann
Demons in Paradise, Jude Ratman
Sea Sorrow, Vanessa Redgrave

Midnight Screenings

The Villainess, Jung Byung-Gil
The Merciless, Byun Sung-Hyun
Prayer Before Dawn, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

Recommended Release: The Lobster


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Genius (6 months ago) Reply

Yorgos sure likes Colin.

Lobster was damn dark satire. No it is not a comedy. There was nothing funny in that film.


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