Everybody in the world is offering a list of what will be screening at this year’s Cannes film festival, and I don’t see the need to repeat it when I can just link you to the source. But we will be covering some of the films, and a bunch of them are definitely interesting, so here’s a sample of some of the stand-outs.
Perhaps the most conspicuous is How to Train Your Dragon 2, though big Hollywood films are getting quite comfortable at the fest. It’s screening out of competition to mark the 20th anniversary of Dreamworks Animation.
Also out of competition is Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, already infamous for making Steven Spielberg cry. Here’s the trailer.
David Michod’s The Rover, an apocalyptic thriller with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson will get a midnight screening. Michod’s got skills so this could really be special.
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, with Matt Smith and Christina Hendricks, will be in the Un Certain Regard selection, alongside Asia Argento’s The Misunderstood. I can see the headlines of the reviews already.
Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, formerly known as Queen of the Night, has a Hollywood cast, with Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson, and a Hollywood plot, about a father looking for his kidnapped daughter. Egoyan’s great and this could really come off. It’s playing in competition.
As is David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars. Here’s a trailer for that one.
Both Ken Loach and Mike Leigh will have films in competition – Jimmy’s Hall and Turner respectively. So the BBC will bother to show up, then.
With Cannes, it’s hard to flag up too many of the big, brilliant pictures ahead of time. The ones we end up caring about and being excited for over the coming months may well be totally unknown right now.
But, as I said, there will be eyes on the ground, and they’ll be reporting back. The festival runs from May 15th to May 25th.