Cannes Lineup Includes Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled,’ Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’
Published on April 13, 2017 by Rhonda Richard
No Hollywood studio films are so far scheduled for the world’s most prestigious film festival, which organizers say will this year feature 12 female directors, up from nine last year.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure on Thursday unveiled the lineup for the iconic Côte d’Azur event’s 70th anniversary edition, to be held May 17-28.
Bringing some Hollywood presence to the Croisette this year will be Todd Haynes’ period drama Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, and Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, with Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Cannes veterans Michael Haneke, who won the Palme d’Or twice before, and Michel Hazanavicius also are returning with Happy End and Le Redoutable, respectively.
Fremaux and Lescure took to the stage just after 11 a.m. local time, kicking off the traditional lineup press conference at Paris’ UGC Cinema on the French capital’s Champs Elysees.
Lescure opened the press event by mentioning the upcoming French election and U.S. president Donald Trump. He said “we are in a suspenseful moment for the world,” adding: “Since we have a new surprise every day from Donald Trump, I hope North Korea, Syria will not cast a shadow” over Cannes.
The festival will include 19 competition titles, four out-of-competition titles, three midnight screenings, one special screenings and nine first films from 1,930 submitted films, Fremaux said. He said 12 female directors would be featured in the official selection, up from nine last year.
Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie’s Good Time, with Robert Pattinson, a film of a robbery, and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, with Joaquin Phoenix, will be among the titles bringing extra star power to the Cannes red carpet.
Speaking of star power: Nicole Kidman will feature in four competition and other section entries, having the biggest presence of all the bold names in Cannes next month.
The first competition title unveiled was Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new film Loveless. After his success with Leviathan, the Russian culture ministry had said Zvyagintsev would get no more state money for his productions, so the film was made without official Russian support, and instead was put together as a co-production with Germany, France and Belgium, with Eurimages support. Fremaux spoke about a revival of Russian filmmaking in discussing the lineup.
Also in the Cannes lineup is Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which follows Gore as he travels the world raising awareness of climate change and trying to push people and governments to embrace renewable energy. It’s a sequel to his An Inconvenient Truth. Additional political edge comes from a Vanessa Redgrave documentary about refugees called Sea Sorrow.
Adding high-profile TV projects for the first time, Cannes will also screen two episodes of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival for Showtime and show Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake 2 as special events.
As previously announced, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will oversee the main competition jury that will award the Palme d’Or and other top prizes.
Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu will head up the student and short films jury, and Cesar-winning French actress Sandrine Kiberlain will head the Camera d’Or jury, which selects the best first film from across all sections and sidebars.
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Among Thursday’s first announcements was that a short virtual reality project from Alejandro G. Inarritu will be part of the festival as will be Kristen Stewart’s short film Come Swim.
Inarritu’s VR short is produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada, while ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s recently established immersive entertainment division, built the virtual world and characters. It explores the experience of a group of immigrants as they cross over the border between Mexico and the United States. Inarritu, who spent four years developing the project, partnered with his frequent collaborator and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, on it.
The poster for this year’s festival, which shows an exuberant Claudia Cardinale dancing has been a source of controversy, with fans expressing outrage that the actress appeared to be slimmed down and retouched.