8 May 2018

These are the Cannes Festival films to keep an eye on

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With the first day of Cannes upon us, it’s time to unpack what the festival has to offer. The 71st edition features a fair few big names, from movie veteran Jean-Luc Godard to ever-creative Spike Lee, there are some captivating creations in the competition running. Take a look at our five festival picks below…

under the silver lake – David robert mitchell

Grace Van Patten and Andrew Garfield in 'Under the Silver Lake' via A24

Under the Silver Lake is a Palme D’Or nominee from the boundary breaking director behind low budget hit It Follows. Starring Riley Keough and Andrew Garfield, as a missing neighbour and a inquisitive Los Angeleno, respectively, this tale is a psychedelic mystery from one of our faves A24. Not to be missed.

BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee

Adam Driver and John David Washington in 'BlacKKKlansman' via Focus Features

Another Palme D’Or nominee, this return feature from Spike Lee focuses on the true story of a black 70s police officer, Ron Stallworth. The mastermind behind the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan, this take stars Adam Driver and John David Washington, and is produced by Get Out director Jordan Peele and so is sure to be an innovative exploration. Stay tuned for a trailer soon.

fahrenheit 451 – Ramin Bahrani

Michael B. Jordan in 'Fahrenheit 451' via HBO

The latest take on Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451stars Michael B Jordan alongside Michael Shannon as they take on the job of burning all the books. Another cleverly mirrored story to today’s world, we’re sure Ramin Bahrani’s version will be ever relevant for our current time.

angel face – vanessa filho

Marion Cottilard in 'Angel Face'

Is Cannes even Cannes if Marion Cotillard doesn’t star? This year’s feature is from French director Vanessa Filho, and will show in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Cotillard plays Marlene, a woman who abandons her 8 year old child for a man she has just met after a night of excess.

le livre d’image – jean-luc godard

Jean-Luc Godard in 'Le livre d'image'

With Godard’s film Pierrot le fou on the official Cannes poster it seems only fair to include his latest experimental endeavour. Le livre d’image, AKA The Picture Book, is described simply as this: “Nothing but silence. Nothing but a revolutionary song. A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand.” Another Palme D’Or nominee, we’re sure it’ll be worth your while if Monsieur Godard is behind it.