Cannes 71st Film Festival line-up: Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Jonze
Festival de Cannes released its full film line-up today for the festival's 71st edition, being held on the 8th-19th of May. This year, Cate Blanchett presides as the President of the festival’s Official Competition Jury; Benicio del Toro as the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury; Ursula Meier as the President of the Jury of the Caméra d'or; and Bertrand Bonello as the Président of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
Here's the list of films in Competition for the highest honour in Cannes—the Palme d'Or:
Official Selection - In Competition
OPENING FILM: Asghar FARHADI "Todos Lo Saben" (Everybody Knows)
Synopsis: Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
Stéphane BRIZÉ "At War"
Synopsis: Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.
Matteo GARRONE "Dogman"
Synopsis: A revenge drama set on Rome’s crime-ridden outskirts, inspired by a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s, "Dogman" focuses on what’s described as one of the most gruesome murder cases in post-WWII Italy concerning a coked-up dog groomer in 1980’s suburban gangland.
Jean-Luc GODARD "Le Livre D'Image" (The Picture Book)
Synopsis: nothing but silence nothing but a revolutionary song a story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand.
Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI "Netemo Sametemo (Asako I & II) Etemo"
Synopsis: One day Asako’s first love suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. Asako is a 21-year-old woman, living in Osaka, who falls in love with Baku. One day, Baku disappears. Two years later, Asako meets Ryohei who looks just like Baku, in Tokyo, but he has a completely different character and she falls in love with him.
Christophe HONORÉ "Sorry Angel"
Synopsis: Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already mistrusts that the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream. Just like in a sad story.
Eva HUSSON "Girls of the Sun"
Synopsis: Somewhere in Kurdistan, not too long ago, Bahar (Farahani), a young lawyer, visits her family. In a bloody attack led by extremists, her husband is killed and she’s taken prisoner with her son and thousands of other women and children. A few months after her escape, she’s now the commander of the “Girls of the Sun”, a female battalion. The objective: to take back the town where she was captured and bring back her hostage son. Out of this unimaginable situation, a universal sisterhood is born: the bond between the “Girls of the Sun”.
JIA Zhang-Ke "Ash is Purest White"
Synopsis: Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. A story of love, betrayal and loyalty set in China’s underworld.
KORE-EDA Hirokazu "Shoplifters"
Synopsis: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them…
Nadine LABAKI "Capernaum"
Synopsis: Capernaum is the voice of a child who claims a dignified and decent life in the name of all those disinherited from the earth. The subject (which is not in line with previous films) is dear to the heart of the Lebanese filmmaker who fights against any injustice done to children. For her, the cinema is a forum where we can make this voice heard so that it is multiplied on the screen and echoes in a world where we have lost our humanity. [Source: Synopsis by L'Orient La jour]
LEE Chang-Dong "Buh-ning" (Burning)
Synopsis: Jong-soo, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighbourhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-soo. One day, Ben visits Jong-soo's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.
Spike LEE "Black Klansman"
Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
David Robert MITCHELL "Under the Silver Lake"
Synopsis: Young and disenchanted Sam meets a mysterious and beautiful woman who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy.
Jafar PANAHI "Three Faces"
Synopsis: A famous Iranian actress receives the disturbing video of a young girl imploring her help to escape her conservative family ... She then asks her friend, director Jafar Panahi, to help her understand if it is about a manipulation. Together, they take the road to the girl's village in the remote northern mountains where ancestral traditions continue to dictate local life.
Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI "Zimna Wojna" (Cold War)
Synopsis: "Cold War" is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Alice ROHRWACHER "Lazzaro Felice" (My Bitter Land)
Synopsis: The adventures of a man living on the margins of his society who can seemingly travel through time.
A.B SHAWKY "Yomeddine"
Synopsis: Yomeddine is a coming-of-age comedic drama, a road trip where two outcasts, Beshay and Shika, discover the harshness of the world outside the leper colony where they have spent all their lives. After the death of his wife, Beshay and his apprentice, Shika, travel on a donkey cart southwards to search for what remains of Beshay's family. They hope to find out why his father never came back for him after dropping him off at the gates of the colony when he was a little child.
Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV "Leto" (Summer)
Synopsis: A tale of rock, love and friendship, “Leto” takes place in Leningrad over the summer of 1981, when the underground rock scene started blossoming, influenced by Western rock stars like Led Zeppelin and David Bowie. The film delivers a snapshot of this vibrant era and charts the coming of age and rise to fame of young rock singers, including Viktor Tsoi, who turned out to become a pioneer of Russian rock. Rather than a biopic of Tsoi, “Leto” depicts the love triangle between Viktor, his mentor Mike, who is also a musician, and his beautiful wife, Natasha. [Source: Written by Else Keslassy for Variety]
Ali ABBASI "Gräns" (Border)
Meyem BENM’BAREK "Sofia"
Andréa BESCOND Eric METAYER "Little Tickles"
BI Gan "Long Days Journey Into Night"
Nandita DAS "Manto"
Antoine DESROSIÈRES "Sextape"
Lukas DHONT "Girl"
Vanessa FILHO "Angel Face"
Valeria GOLINO "Euphoria"
Gaya JIJI "My Favourite Fabric"
Wanuri KAHIU "Rafiki" (Friend)
Etienne KALLOS "Die Stropers" (The Harvesters)
Ulrich KÖHLER "In My Room"
Luis ORTEGA "El Angel" (The Angel)
Adilkhan YERZHANOV "The Gentle Indifference Of The World"
Aditya ASSARAT, Wisit SASANATIENG, Chulayarnon SRIPHOL, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL "10 Years In Thailand"
Nicolas CHAMPEAUX, Gilles PORTE "The State Against Mandela and The Others"
Carlo DIEGUES "O Grande Circo Místico" (The Great Mystical Circus)
Romain GOUPIL "La Traversée"
Michel TOESCA "To The Four Winds"
WANG Bing "Dead Souls"
Wim WENDERS "Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word"
CANNES COURT MÉTRAGE
Oren GERNER "Gabriel" -France
Raymund Ribay GUTIERREZ "Judgement" -Philippines
Celine HELD "Caroline" -USA
Logan GEORGE Saeed, JAFARIAN "Tariki" -Iran 14’ (UMBRA)
Marta PAJEK "III" animation -Poland
Masahiko SATO, Genki KAWAMURA, "Duality" -Japan
Yutaro SEKI, Masayuki TOYOTA, Kentaro HIRASE WEI Shujun "On The Border" -China
Charles WILLIAMS "All These Creatures" -Australia
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