May 26, 2017

Cannes Film Fest lures “Pirates,” celebrities and “The Beaver”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some films were expected (hello, “The Tree of Life”). Some were complete surprises (Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In”). But just about every title announced as part of the 64th Cannes Film Festival carried serious weight and anticipation.

Malick, Almodovar, Miike, Von Trier, Ramsay and Allen are the heavy hitters in Cannes’ official Competition.

Outside the boundaries, Cannes will be hosting the world premiere of the fourth “Pirates” film, with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz expected to attend. And Jodie Foster continues her “Beaver” press tour with a stop on the Croistette. Is that a good fit?

The official Cannes lineup was made this morning in Paris. We have the full list below:

FEATURE FILM JURY
Robert De Niro, President – Actor, Director / USA

THE SHORT FILM AND CINEFONDATION JURY
Michel Gondry, President – Director / France

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY
Emir Kusturica, President – Director / Serbia

THE CAMERA D’OR JURY
Bong Joon-Ho, President – Director / Korea

OPENING FILM
Midnight in Paris (Out of Competition)

CLOSING FILM
To be announced

IN COMPETITION
The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodovar)
House of Tolerance (L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close) (dir. Bertrand Bonello)
Footnote (Hearat Shulayim) (dir. Joseph Cedar)
Pater (dir. Alain Cavalier)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Boy with a Biek (Le gamin au vélo) (dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Le Havre (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)
Hanezu no Tsuki (dir. Naomi Kawase)
Sleeping Beauty (dir. Julia Leigh)
Polisse (dir. Maïwenn)
Michael (dir. Markus Schleinzer)
This Must be the Place (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick)
The Source (La source des femmes) (dir. Radu Mihaileanu)
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei) (dir. Takashi Miike)
Habemus Papam (dir. Nanni Moretti)
We Need to Talk about Kevin (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
Melancholia (dir. Lars Von Trier)
Drive (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Restless (dir. Gus Van Sant)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (dir. Sean Durkin)
The Hunter (dir. Bakur Bakuradze)
Halt auf freier Strecke (dir. Andreas Dresen)
Hors Satan (dir. Bruno Dumont)
Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (dir. Robert Guédiguian)
Skoonheid (dir. Oliver Hermanus)
The Day He Arrives (dir. Hong Sangsoo)
Bonsai (dir. Cristián Jiménez)
Tatsumi (dir. Eric Khoo)
Arirang (dir. Kim Ki-duk)
Et maintenant on va où? (dir. Nadine Labaki)
Loverboy (dir. Catalin Mitulescu)
Yellow Sea (dir. Na Hong-jin)
Miss Bala (dir. Gerardo Naranjo)
Hard Labor (Trabalhar cansa) (dir. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra)
The Minister (L’exercice de l’Etat) (dir. Pierre Schoeller)
Toomelah (dir. Ivan Sen)
Oslo, August 31st (dir. Joachim Trier)

OUT OF COMPETITION
The Artist (dir. Michel Hazanavicius)
The Beaver (dir. Jodie Foster)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (dir. Rob Marshall)
The Conquest (dir. Xavier Durringer)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Days of Grace (dir. Everardo Gout)
Wu Xia (dir. Chan Peter Ho-Sun)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Labrador (dir. Frederikke Aspöck)
Le Maitre des Forges de L’enfer (dir. Rithy Panh)
Michel Petrucciani (dir. Michael Radford)
Tous au Larzac (dir. Christian Rouaud)

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
To be announced

SHORT FILM PROGRAM
To be announced

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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