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Cannes 2016’s Most Anticipated Films

by Akhil Kalepu

May 1, 2016

Cannes on the French Riviera © Jeromaniac | Dreamstime

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This year, Australian director George Miller (Mad Max, Babe) will preside over the Cannes Film Festival, which will be hosted by French actor Laurent Lafitte. Woody Allen’s Café Society (starring Kristin Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg) will open the festival, followed by these highly anticipated screenings.

 

 

Julieta

Celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will compete for the Palme d’Or grand prize with Julieta, a story spanning two decades following a woman’s experience living with mental illness.

 

American Honey

Andrea Arnold presents her first film shot in America, depicting a girl who travels the country with a group of misfits (including Shia LeBeouf) in this coming-of-age road film.

 

 

The BFG

Cannes isn’t complete without one blockbuster flick. Last year’s was Mad Max, but this year the festival takes a lighter turn with Disney’s BFG, based on Ronald Dahl’s classic children’s tale.

 

 

The Nice Guys

After a short stint with Marvel, Shane Black makes his directorial return with detective comedy The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling as a private eye and Russell Crowe as his enforcer.

 

Loving

Jeff Nichols, hot off his futuristic sci-fi Midnight Special, will be screening his new historic drama Loving, which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were sentenced to jail in 1958.

 

 

The Handmaiden

Set in 1930s Korea during Japanese occupation, Oldboy director Park Chan-wook tells a Victorian love story between a woman and her maid, based on Sarah Waters’ crime novel Fingersmith.

 

 

Money Monster

Jodie Foster directs this financial thriller starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Clooney plays financial TV personality Lee Gates who is held hostage after a viewer loses all his money due to a bad tip from the show.

 

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