France may be famous for its fine cuisine, but there’s nothing more appetising when heading to the Croisette than tucking in to the various tasty treats hidden away within the Film Festival programme. In both critical and commercial fields, Cannes is an essential date in the cinematic calendar; a perfect platform for filmmakers to showcase their latest masterpiece; and an ideal opportunity for the press to offer their first opinions on some of the biggest films due to be released in the coming year. Just looking over this year’s line-up is enough to make us here at Flickfeast ravenous with excitement, and these are the 10 films that make our stomachs rumble the loudest.
#1 It’s Only the End of the World (Dir. Xavier Dolan)
Festival favourite Xavier Dolan returns to Cannes with another typically dark drama, this time concerning the relationship between a terminally ill writer and his immediate family.
#2 Julieta (Dir. Pedro Almodovar)
Appearing in competition for the fourth time in his career, Pedro Almodovar’s latest picture once more sees the director championing strong female protagonists, drawing inspiration from a trio of short stories penned by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Munro in a film that chronicles the title character’s life over a 30 year period.
#3 The Unknown Girl (Dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
The Dardenne Brothers are no strangers to tough subject matters, and their latest looks to be particularly hard-hitting, following a young doctor as she tries to discover the identity of a patient who died after she refused them treatment.
#4 The Neon Demon (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
It feels like a long time coming, but it has only been a few year’s since Nicolas Winding Refn’s last trippy tale. His new super-stylish thriller sees a young model preyed upon by a group of beauty-obsessed women.
#5 My Life as a Courgette (Dir. Claude Barras)
Here’s hoping that this stop-motion treat, about a young boy trying to move on after the death of his mother, manages to be as wonderfully weird as its title.
#6 The Nice Guys (Dir. Shane Black)
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in LA in this 70s set thriller, which looks keen to channel the deliciously deadpan tone of the director’s tremendous modern noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
#7 The Red Turtle (Dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit)
Studio Ghibli’s first co-production is a daring, dialogue-free project that follows a castaway stranded on a desert island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
#8 Neruda (Dir. Pablo Larraín)
Once more delving into the murky past of his Chilean homeland, Pablo Larraín’s latest concerns the life of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who was forced to become a fugitive in the late 40s after joining the Communist Party.
#9 Gimme Danger (Dir. Jim Jarmusch)
The second Jim Jarmusch joint at Cannes this year (the director also has his latest fictitious film, Paterson, playing in Competition) is a documentary offering an in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.
#10 Clash (Dir. Mohamed Diab)
Mohamed Diab is known for tackling the pressing issues of Egyptian society within his work, and Clash continues that charge, exploring the confrontations between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators that erupted following the removal of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11th – May 22nd. For full details of this year’s programme, click here (http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html)
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