Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Cannes Film Festival Official Lineup

As always the Oscar race will really start to hit us in May, and this year looks to be no exception as plenty of big time Oscar contenders will screen there right as the summer box office is about to take flight. First of course, there are tons of foreign competitors, many of which could end up having a factor on the foreign language film race, but until official selections are made it is really a waste of space to try to discern which ones will be competitive. But let's move on to some of the known potentials that are going to premiere in a few weeks. First on the top of my list is Todd Hayne's Carol. It has been a while since he hit the big screen, and I hope it is worth the wait. The cast is spectacular (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson), and the material looks right up Hayne's alley (A Far From Heaven/Mildred Pierce feel). Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard could bring Shakespeare back to the Oscars. Gus Van Sant is always a bit hit or miss, for every Milk and Good Will Hunting there is a Restless or Promised Land. The cast though includes Ken Watanabe, Matthew McConaughey, and Naomi Watts, and looks promising to say the least. Denis Villeneuve is not usually the Oscar type, but Sicario is another promising film. Woody Allen, after last year's Magic in the Moonlight failed to gain traction, hopes to get back to his every other year streak with Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Finally, and one of that I am really interested to see is Pete Docter's Inside Out. I want to see after taking a year off, whether Pixar still has it. Especially after Cars 2 and Brave (unfairly) did not live up to the hype. We are about a month away from Cannes, and I am ready for the Oscar season to take off!

Dheepan (working title), dir: Jacques Audiard
A Simple Man, dir: Stephane Brize
Marguerite and Julien, dir: Valerie Donzelli
The Tale Of Tales, dir: Matteo Garrone
Carol, dir: Todd Haynes
The Assassin, dir: Hou Hsiao Hsien
Mountains May Depart, dir: Jia Zhang-Ke
Our Little Sister, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Macbeth, dir: Justin Kurzel
The Lobster, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
Mon Roi, dir: Maiwenn
Mia Madre, dir: Nanni Moretti
Son Of Saul, dir: Laszlo Nemes
Youth, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Louder Than Bombs, dir: Joachim Trier
The Sea Of Trees, dir: Gus Van Sant
Sicario, dir: Denis Villeneuve
La TĂȘte Haute, dir: Emmanuelle Bercot (out of competition)

Madonna, dir: Shin Suwon
Maryland, dir: Alice Winocour
The Fourth Direction, dir: Gurvinder Singh
Masaan (Fly Away Solo), dir: Neeraj Ghaywan
Hruter (Rams), dir: Grimur Hakonarson
Kishibe No Tabi (Journey to the Shore), dir: Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Je Suis Un Soldat (I Am a Soldier), dir: Laurent Larivere
Zvizdan (The High Sun), dir: Dalibor Matanic
The Other Side, dir: Roberto Minervini
One Floor Below, dir: Radu Muntean
Shameless, dir: Oh Seung-Uk
The Chosen Ones, dir: David Pablos
Nahid, dir: Ida Panahandeh
The Treasure, dir: Corneliu Porumboiu

Mad Max: Fury Road, dir: George Miller
Irrational Man, dir: Woody Allen
Inside Out, dir: Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), dir: Mark Osborne

Oka, dir: Souleymane Cisse
Sipur Al Ahava Ve Choshech (A Tale Of Love And Darkness), dir: Natalie Portman
Hayored Lema’ala, dir Elad Keidan
Amnesia, dir: Barbet Schroeder
Panama, dir: Pavel Vuckovic
Asphalte, dir: Samuel Benchetrit

O Piseu (Office), Dir: Hong Won-Chan
Amy, Dir: Asif Kapadia

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