The 67th Festival de Cannes kicks off this week in the French Riviera, showcasing the best in international cinema. The competition is fierce – thousands of films are submitted each year, however only approximately 50 feature films make The Official Selection.
We’ve scoured this year’s line-up and narrowed down the list to five films of the festival that we can’t wait to see:
One of three Australian films in this year’s lineup, Rover is a dystopian crime drama set in the Australian outback. Directed by David Mich√¥d (Animal Kingdom) and starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, this film sees Eric (Pearce) and Rey (Pattinson) travel the desolate towns and roads of the outback to hunt down the thieves who stole Eric’s last possession. Mich√¥d on the film, ‚ÄúIt’s like a new gold rush, where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence.‚Äù
Canadian director Xavier Dolan is one to look out for – at only 25-years old he is already making waves in the film industry as the youngest director in the lineup. Dolan’s fifth feature, Mommy is about a widow (Ann Dorvale) raising her troubled 15-year-old son (Antione Oliver Pilon) with the help of a mysterious neighbour, Kyla (Suzanne Clément).
Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night)
In this film, Academy Award Winner, Marion Cotillard, plays a woman who is given just one weekend to try and convince her colleagues to renounce their annual bonuses in order to keep her job. This French-language drama is directed by the Dardenne brothers who are known for showing young people on the fringes of society. With an artistic response to the European economic crisis and the presence of Cotillard, the film is sure to create some buzz in the French Riviera.
As a Cannes veteran and past winner, director Atom Egoyan’s new film will be sure to attract attention. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson, The Captive is a Canadian thriller which sees a family crumble as they investigate the kidnapping of their daughter. Upon discovering surveillance cameras in their home it becomes clear this is no ordinary kidnapping.
Clouds of Sils Maria
Oliver Assayas directs French icon and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche and American A-listers Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Mortez in this European art-house film. Maria Enders (Binoche) is a well-regarded actress who faces a breakdown when a younger rival (Moretz) plays Enders’ signature role in a new film. Stricken and haunted by memory, she retreats to the small Swiss town of Sils Maria, accompanied by her loyal assistant Valentine (Stewart).