Picking just five films to look out for at the 69th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday May 11 to Sunday 22 seems a disservice to the incredible talent on show this year. From the prodigious Xavier Dolan to big-hitters Sean Penn and Jodie Foster, it promises to set the tone for cinema in the year ahead. Nevertheless, we’ve whittled the industry’s most iconic event down into five bite-sized chunks…
One of three films by female directors to screen at this year’s festival, it is the first foray into America for acclaimed writer-director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank starring Michael Fassbender). Shia LaBeouf leads a merry band of misfits, including a teenage runaway, across the Midwest.
Legendary director Woody Allen launches the festival with a look behind the silver screen in 1930s Hollywood. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are at the centre of a newcomer’s awkward adaptation to a town built on ego, none bigger than his uncle and agent, played by Steve Carell.
I, Daniel Blake
Cannes favourite and 2006 Palme d’Or winner for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach is back championing the cause of those on the gritty streets of impoverished Britain. The 79-year-old tells the tale of a proud handyman forced to become welfare-reliant.
Steven Spielberg has called Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Roald Dahl’s big friendly giant the most ambitious motion capture project ever. And after Jurassic Park, he should know. It’s the second time the tall tale has been put on the big screen since the hugely popular 1989 animation.
The Neon Demon
As with Drive and more pertinently Only God Forgives, there is a darkness and astonishing beauty in Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest offering, only here, it’s more literal than ever – vampires and supermodels. Elle Fanning stars, as does the Dane’s go-to girl, Christina Hendricks.