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Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’: 2016 Cannes Film Festival lineup announced

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Late last week, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled their lineup at long last. The upcoming 2016 incarnation of the fest looks to be a potentially strong one, with some Cannes favorites returning alongside a whole bunch of possible awards contenders. There’s no guarantees that the festival translates to Oscar, but we almost always can get a contender or two from the group. Whether they can turn into nominees or not is another thing, but the potential is certainly there. You’ll be able to see the full Cannes lineup below, but before that, I’ll be looking over the list for a few films to really look forward to first. Then, you can take a gander at all of the titles set to unspool soon at the fest. Here we go…

From what I can tell, the bigger Academy Award players, assuming the reception over in the South of France warrants it, are Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Sean Penn’s The Last Face, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. The wild card is Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, but I think it’s less likely than those other ones. Frankly, Nichols seems to be by far in the best spot with his awards bait sounding true life civil rights drama. If there’s one early horse to bet on from this lot, it’s probably that one.

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Here now is the full lineup right now for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival:

2016 Cannes Film Festival Lineup


“Cafe Society” (Woody Allen)


“Acquarius” (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
“American Honey” (Andrea Arnold)
“Baccalaureat,” (Cristian Mungiu)
“Elle” (Paul Verhoeven)
“From the Land of the Moon” (Nicole Garcia)
“The Handmaiden” (Park Chan-wook)
“I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach)
“It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan)
“Julieta” (Pedro Almodovar)
“The Last Face” (Sean Penn)
“Loving” (Jeff Nichols)
“Ma’ Rosa” (Brillante Mendoza)
“The Neon Demon” (Nicolas Winding Refn)
“Paterson” (Jim Jarmusch)
“Personal Shopper” (Olivier Assayas)
“Sierra-Nevada” (Cristi Puiu)
“Slack Bay” (Bruno Dumont)
“Staying Vertical” (Alain Guiraudie)
“Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)
“The Unknown Girl” (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

Out of Competition

“The BFG” (Steven Spielberg)
“Goksung” (Na Hong-jin)
“Money Monster” (Jodie Foster)
“The Nice Guys” (Shane Black)

Un Certain Regard

“After the Storm” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
“Apprentice” (Boo Junfeng)
“Beyond the Mountains and Hills” (Eran Kolirin)
“Captain Fantastic” (Matt Ross)
“Clash” (Mohmaed Diab)
“The Dancer” (Stephanie Di Giusto)
“The Disciple” (Kirill Serebrennikov)
“Dogs” (Bogdan Mirica)
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” (Juho Kuosmanen)
“Harmonium” (Fukada Koji)
“Inversion” (Behnam Behzadi)
“The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” (Andrea Testa)
“Pericles the Black Man” (Stefano Mordini)
“Personal Affairs” (Maha Haj)
“The Red Turtle” (Michael Dudok de Wit)
“The Transfiguration” (Michael O’Shea)
“Voir du Pays” (Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin

Midnight Screenings

“Gimme Danger” (Jim Jarmusch)
“Train to Busan” (Yeon Sang-ho)

Special Screenings

“Le Cancre” (Paul Vecchiali)
“Exil” (Rithy Panh)
“A Chad Tragedy” (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
“The Last Beach” (Thanos Anastopoulos, Davide Del Degan)
“Last Days of Louis XIV” (Albert Serra)

2016 Cannes Critics’ Week Lineup

Special Screenings

“In Bed with Victoria” (Justine Triet, France)
“Happy Times Will Come Soon” (Alessandro Comodin, Italy)
“Apnee” (Jean-Christophe Meurisse, Turkey)


“Album” (Mehmet Can Mertoglu, Turkey)
“Diamond Island” (Davy Chou, Cambodia-France)
“Raw” (Julia Ducournau, France)
“Mimosas” (Oliver Laxe, Spain)
“One Week and a Day” (Asaph Polonsky, Israel)
“Tramontane” (Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon)
“A Yellow Bird” (K. Rajagopal, Singapore)

As you can see from the lineup listed above, the festival has a ton of quality offerings for us to await word on, with a handful possibly having Oscar voters salivating to lay their eyes on as well. Next month will have Cannes buzz fully beginning, with coverage to come. Sit tight for that, but in the meantime, be sure to look out for additional films added to the lineup, which can happen from time to time. Even if it doesn’t, there’s no shortage of movies to be excited about here for the 2016 incarnation of the fest. Especially if something becomes an Academy Award player, we’ll be all over it, so look forward to that…

Stay tuned for much more from the Cannes Film Festival!

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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