For 70 years, Cannes Film Festival has been a place of cinematic intellect; known for its artful film choices and screenings. It is the epicentre of highly enlightened films that shed light on racial, political and subcultural movements that form the zeitgeist of today. The movies selected for 2017 follow this theme to precision.
Here is a countdown/list of other movies selected for the Cannes festival you shouldn’t miss this year:
'How To Talk To Girls At Parties'
Perhaps a first of its kind, this flick is a sci-fi romantic comedy set in ’70s London (think: punk era). Starring Elle Fanning, it centres on a testosterone-driven boy’s infatuation with an elusive foreign exchange student who he tries to connect with at a party. In a strange turn of events, he manages to hold her attention only to realise that there may be more to her than just her exoticness. How To Talk To Girls At Parties isn’t a conventional choice, making it all the more intriguing.
'The Killing Of The Sacred Deer'
Director Yorgos Lanthimos—who gave us one of the most talked about Cannes-selected films, The Lobster, is back with a formidable cast that includes Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and a rumoured supporting role played by Alicia Silverstone. The plot revolves around a dysfunctional family and a series of eerie events that occur once Farrell arrives. If you’ve seen The Lobster, which was shown at Cannes two years ago, you will know that Yorgos is a man who projects artful scripts on celluloid. All these reasons make The Killing Of The Sacred Deerone of the most anticipated films to watch.
This film marks Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut, making her the current coolest person in Hollywood. She has come a long way—from playing a pale love interest of an even paler count Dracula of the 21st century, to portraying an intense role in Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper— Stewart has reformed herself. The movie has been described by her as an outlet of her own feelings, built on a philosophical aesthetic of an image portraying a man sleeping on the seabed—a theme of content and in solitude. The film got great reviews at the Sundance film festival, so we know that the camera lens is safe in KStew’s hands.
Two words—David Lynch. This should be reason enough to get excited over the return of the legendary director’s TV show. A monumental moment at this year’s event, will the show be as twisted as all his previous work? Will we be sitting through episodes and decoding his eccentric ideas? Yes.
Sofia Coppola’s Cannes entry for this year is an embodiment of her understanding and portrayal of the female mind. With a powerful female (Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman) line-up and the presence of Collin Farrell (yet again), Coppola offers a plot that looks like an ornate period drama but offers themes of deceit, jealousy and sexual tension based in the era of American Civil war.