Which films could play this year at the Cannes Film Festival?

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When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day.

Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order:

1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls of 2015 is the new movie from Todd Haynes. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, it stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a very unique love story. So yeah, this is a big player, provided the quality is there. Assuming it’s done, I’d be shocked if it didn’t debut at Cannes. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.

2. Erran – The new film from Jacques Audiard, the director of both A Prophet as well as Rust and Bone, makes perfect sense for Cannes. He’s been there before, garnering awards buzz, so this should wind up at the fest as well. The only question is if it’ll be ready in time or not. I’m definitely curious about this one, that’s for sure.

3. Lawless/Untitled Terrence Malick Project – There’s no doubt that the fest would love a new Terrence Malick film, so if it’s actually somewhere close to completion…count this one in for sure. With a cast led by Ryan Gosling and potentially some members of his Knight of Cups cast, there’s plenty of intrigue here. I’m not always wild about Malick, but I love Gosling, so consider me intrigued.

4. The Lobster – I’ve been fascinated with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos ever since seeing Dogtooth a few years ago. His follow up Alps was solid, but this new one seems like it could very well be his masterpiece. An English language feature (one of a bunch from foreign directors coming out in 2015), the cast is eclectic, including John C. Reilly, the plot is as nuts as anything Lanthimos has ever done, and it just feels like a great film in the making. My fingers are crossed that Cannes gets to unleash it on the world.

5. Love – If there’s a substitute for the controversies of Lars Von Trier this year, it could be Gaspar Noé of Enter the Void and Irreversible fame. This is apparently his answer to Nymphomaniac, so make of that what you will. On my end, that makes this a bit of a must see, as Noé is an incredibly interesting filmmaker, if a difficult one to embrace.

6. Macbeth – Another real Academy Award friendly film that’s highly likely to play is this Shakespeare adaptation from director Justin Kurzel. This new version has Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth and Michael Fassbender in the title role, so you know expectations will be high. Cotillard could be gunning for a Best Actress win at Cannes if it plays. Stay tuned on that front…

7. Our Little Sister – After the success of Like Father, Like Son, the next outing by Hirokazu Koreeda is definitely on my radar for Cannes. It sounds like a bit of a spiritual sequel, so I’m sure Hollywood will be paying attention (his last film is getting a remake), if nothing else. Sit tight and don’t sleep on this one.

8. Sea of Trees – The other movie that awards voters will certainly have their eyes on is Gus Van Sant’s basically two hander starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe. McConaughey could see his renaissance continue with a Best Actor win at the fest, provided it plays, of course. This could easily be the big American awards contender to come out of Cannes.

9. The Tale of Tales – Here Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone has his English language debut, which also makes it a potential player for the festival. Unless they’re worried about overloading on that front (see below), I suspect this will play as well. Call it a bit of a hunch on my part…

10. Youth (also known as The Early Years) – Finally, we have Paolo Sorrentino’s second English language outing. The first (This Must Be The Place) didn’t do so hot at Cannes, so I wonder if that could give programmers pause, but with Sorrentino having recently won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature with The Great Beauty, I think he’s still poised to unleash this one here. We shall see though.

Stay tuned to see what winds up playing at Cannes!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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