Last year, Cannes did not cover itself in glory. Yes, there were some wonderful films (Zama, Happy as Lazzaro), but there was also a pronounced lack of buzz and awards glory – due largely to the Netflix spat meaning the likes of Roma went elsewhere.
This impasse is still present, so no Netflix films this year either. Already announced are Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, and opening-night zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die. Here are 20 key titles we expect to feature in Thursday’s official programme announcement.
Cert - Tarantino - Finishes - Time - QT
About as dead cert as it gets, provided Tarantino finishes it in time. QT has amassed a big name cast – DiCaprio, Pitt, Margot Robbie – for a 60s-set thriller set against the backdrop of the Manson murders, focusing on an actor and stuntman trying to reinvigorate their careers.
The new one from Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar is billed as the director’s answer to Fellini’s self-referential masterwork 8½. Longterm collaborator Antonio Banderas plays a sixtysomething film-maker looking back over his life; another longterm collaborator, Penelope Cruz, puts in an appearance as his mum, Jacinta. It’s already been released in Spain, to middling reviews, but that’s not likely to deter Cannes’ perennial auteur worship.
Return - Cannes - Winner - Year - Palme
It looks like a swift return to Cannes for the winner of last year’s Palme d’Or, Hirokazu Kore-eda, with the path made even smoother with a French-language film starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. They play a movie-star mother and scriptwriter daughter whose relationship disintegrates after the latter publishes a no-holds-barred memoir.
Since Clouds of Sils Maria, Kristen Stewart has been a Cannes fixture, so her biopic of Jean Seberg – herself a French cinema icon since A Bout de Souffle – is primed for a slot. Directed by Benedict Andrews, this focuses on Seberg’s harassment by the FBI.
Director - James - Gray
Director James Gray has been a long-term...
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