Thursday, 16 April 2015


Four weeks yesterday marks the start of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; this far into April, then, what will the official lineup be? Today's announcement confirms the selections for a number of key strands, including the competition for the Palme d'Or, for which seventeen titles have been confirmed. Check out the slate below:

  • The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien)
  • Carol (Todd Haynes)
  • Dheepan (Jacques Audiard)
  • The Lobster (Yiorgos Lanthimos)
  • Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier)
  • Macbeth (Justin Kurzel)
  • Marguerite and Julien (Valerie Donzelli)
  • Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti)
  • Mon Roi (Maiwenn)
  • Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang Ke)
  • Our Little Sister (Koreeda Hirokazu)
  • The Sea of Trees (Gus van Sant)
  • Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
  • A Simple Man (Stephane Brize)
  • Son of Saul (Nemes Laszlo)
  • The Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone)
  • Youth (Paolo Sorrentino)
Hard to ignore this year's key trend: English-language features from directors who haven't worked in the language before, of which there are five... or four, ok, cos Denis Villeneuve has made a couple of films in English before. But Yiorgos Lanthimos, Joachim Trier, Matteo Garrone and Paolo Sorrentino are each making a stab at increasing their public profile by switching to English. It makes for a disappointingly English-heavy lineup this year, though one which promises a high turnout of Hollywood stars. And it's at least offset by strictly arthouse fare like the one-time potential Truffaut project Marguerite and Julien and Son of Saul, from Tarr Bela pupil Nemes Laszlo.
     About Marguerite and Julien - it's one of a mere two films currently announced from female directors. That's equal to last year's tally, and while that may have been an improvement on the relative drought of years prior, it's still hardly promising for the world's premier film festival. They couldn't have snuck Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall in, no? Alas, it'll have to make do with being the first film directed by a woman to open the fest in 28 years!
      We eagerly await Son of Saul, Todd Haynes' much-anticipated Carol, and the even-more-anticipated The Assassin from Hou Hsiao Hsien - yes, it's completed, at last! Ethan and Joel Coen will preside over the TBA jury in deciding which of these films, and potentially a few more, will exit Cannes 2015 as award winners.

After the cut, the Un Certain Regard lineup and more.

Un Certain Regard
  • The Chosen Ones (David Pablos)
  • Fly Away Solo (Neeraj Ghaywan)
  • The Fourth Direction (Gurvinder Singh)
  • The High Sun (Dalibor Matanic)
  • I Am a Soldier (Laurent Lariviere)
  • Journey to the Shore (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
  • Madonna (Shin Su Won)
  • Maryland (Alice Winocour)
  • Nahid (Ida Panahandeh)
  • One Floor Below (Radu Muntean)
  • The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)
  • Rams (Grimur Hakonarson)
  • The Shameless (Oh Seung Ok)
  • The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
With directors like Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Radu Muntean, Roberto Minervini and Corneliu Porumboiu in Un Certain Regard 2015, can we please stop attempting to argue that this strand is for younger or newer filmmakers? lbr, it's for the films that Thierry Fremaux didn't like as much, because they weren't by Nanni Moretti (hello, Force Majeure!). Four titles from women will compete for awards from Isabella Rossellini, alongside all the other ones from men, duh, and that's definitely a stronger show than the main competition, as usual.

Out of Competition
  • Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen)
  • Irrational Man (Woody Allen)*ugh*
  • The Little Prince (Mark Osborne)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  • Standing Tall (Emmanuelle Bercot)

Special Screenings
  • Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder)
  • Asphalt (Samuel Benchetrit)
  • Hayored Lema'ala (Elad Keidan)
  • Oka (Souleymane Cisse)
  • Panama (Pavle Vuckovic)
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman)

Midnight Screenings
  • Amy (Asif Kapadia)
  • Office (Hong Won Chan)