Cannes Film Festival Official Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has officially released its lineup next month, with around 45 films from over 29 countries. Some new films that have quickly grabbed the festival jury’s attention are pieces directed by Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach and Michel Hazanavicius, to name a few. These directors, including a few more, will be competing for the Palme d’Or or more commonly known as the highest, most prestigious prize awarded to a film at the festival.  

When asked about the role Netflix and Amazon play in producing films that lack a presence in commercial theaters, the festival’s director Thierry Frémaux states that Cannes is similar to a “laboratory.”

Amazon Studios has produced one film in particular titled “Wonderstruck,” which beautifully sheds light on the journey of two deaf children and is based on the novel by Brian Selznick.

Due to the complaints last year by critics stating that the Cannes Festival had an excessive amount of French films in the running, there are less French films in the 2017 competition. A few French films to look out for include “Rodin,” by Jacques Doillon and the film during opening night, “Ismael’s Ghosts,” by the Arnaud Desplechin.

Desplechin’s “Jimmy Picard” was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes and “My Golden Days,” which he co-wrote and co-directed, won the SACD Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The only virtual reality project at Cannes this year is Alejandro G Iñárritu’s “Carne y Arena,” which is a 6 minute solo experience that explores the various human conditions of immigrants and refugees. The main purpose of this virtual reality project is for the audience to gain more insight into the experience in a way that is more engaging and emotionally charged.

With regard to the 4 year VR project, the filmmaker stated, “My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame—within which things are just observed—and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”

Other films that will be shown at the festival include “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos), “An Inconvenient Sequel” (dir: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk), “Twin Peaks” (dir: David Lynch) and “The Day After” (dir: Hong Sang-soo). Here is the full list of films at the 2017 Cannes this May.

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