The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most well-known and prestigious film festivals in the world, with an emphasis on showcasing the greatest artistic achievements from around the world. With such a rich history and beautiful setting, Cannes can come across as one big fancy event, with its lavish red carpets and massive press conferences. However, it’s impossible to ignore the number of incredible films that come out of the festival every year, some of which would not be on people’s radars otherwise. From massive triumphs by well-known directors to smaller international films, the films that premiere at Cannes are always ones to take notice of and put towards the top of your eventual watchlist for the rest of the coming year. Based on critical buzz and the various awards that were given out, here are ten films that we are excited about from this year’s Cannes Film Festival!
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2016 film “Aquarius” and co-directed by Juliano Dornelles, “Bacurau” made quite a stir amongst critics when it premiered at Cannes. Loosely described as a Brazilian western, the general consensus on the film is that it is absolutely insane at times and must be seen to be believed, going in knowing very little. The film went on to tie with “Les Misérables” for the Jury Prize at the festival’s awards.
A HIDDEN LIFE
Terrence Malick is back with a new film that appears to be a return to form for the eclectic director. Considered by most critics to be his best since “The Tree of Life” (although that may not be saying much), “A Hidden Life” comes in at three hours long and depicts an Austrian couple’s resistance to fighting for the Nazis in World War II, with a mixture of German and English and a predominantly unknown German cast.
Although Ladj Ly’s narrative feature debut may bare the classic title, it is not an adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel or subsequent musical of the same name but rather repurposes the title to showcase the more modern day class tensions in Paris. The film is about the tensions between the anti-crime police and the Muslim population of Paris. As stated before, the film tied with “Bacurau” for the Jury Prize.
Robert Eggers highly anticipated follow-up to “The Witch” was one of the most talked about and raved titles of the festival. Shot on black and white 35mm, “The Lighthouse” stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe (in what are said to be career-highlight performances from both actors) and tells the story of two lighthouse keepers in 1890s New England. Although the film was not eligible for the Palme d’Or or other major awards, it did win the top prize for Cannes Critics Week.