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2018 Cannes Film Festival lineup announced

Yesterday, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced bright and early. As always, it’s a moment in the cinematic year that marks a turning point of sorts. In fact, it really does seem like it positions us to start thinking about what might play on the festival circuit this fall. We’re a ways off, but with Cannes letting loose their news, the mind can tend to wander and start speculating. We already knew that Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars story was a special early addition to the fest, having its premiere there. We also already had been told that Everybody Knows from Asghar Farhadi was the Opener. Now, we know much more.

The crop of titles so far seems to have even more of an international flavor than usual. In fact, aside from the previously announced special screening of Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman, and David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, it’s all foreign (at least for Americans) at Cannes. That suggests an incomplete lineup, perhaps, but mostly, it seems like the decision by Netflix to sit the festival out (after they were told they wouldn’t be shown In Competition under their current release model) impacts this mostly. Rumors had them initially planning to bring Hold the Dark from Jeremy Saulnier, Norway from Paul Greengrass, and The Other Side of the Wind from the late Orson Welles to the south of France. Now, that won’t be the case.

Here now is the Cannes Film Festival lineup, as it stands right now:



“Everybody Knows” (Asghar Farhadi)


“Asako I & II” AKA “Netemo Sametemo” (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

“Ash Is Purest White” (Jia Zhang-Ke)

“At War” (Stéphane Brizé)

“BlacKkKlansman” (Spike Lee)

“Burning” (Lee Chang-dong)

“Capernaum” (Nadine Labaki)

“Cold War” (Pawel Pawlikowski)

“Dogman” (Matteo Garrone)

“Girls of the Sun” (Eva Husson)

“The Image Book” (Jean-Luc Godard)

“Leto” AKA “Summer” (Kirill Serebrennikov)

“My Bitter Land” AKA “Lazzaro Felice” (Alice Rohrwacher)

“Shoplifters” (Kore-Eda Hirokazu)

“Sorry Angel” (Christophe Honoré)

“Three Faces” (Jafar Panahi)

“Under the Silver Lake” (David Robert Mitchell)

“Yomeddine” (A.B. Shawky)


“Angel Face” (Vanessa Filho)

“Border” (Ali Abbasi)

“El Angel” (Luis Ortega)

“Euphoria” (Valeria Golino)

“Friend” (Wanuri Kahiu)

“The Gentle Indifference of the World” (Adilkhan Yerzhanov)

“Girl” (Lukas Dhont)

“The Harvesters” (Etienne Kallos)

“In My Room” (Ulrich Köhler)

“Little Tickles” (Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer)

“Manto” (Nandita Das)

“My Favorite Fabric” (Gaya Jiji)

“Sextape” AKA “On Your Knees, Guys” (Antoine Desrosières)

Sofia” (Meyem Benm’Barek)


“Le Grand Bain” (Gilles Lellouche)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Ron Howard)


“Arctic” (Joe Penna)

“Gongjak” AKA “The Spy Gone North” (Yoon Jong-Bing)


“Dead Souls” (Wang Bing)

“La Traversée” (Romain Goupil)

“O Grande Circo Místico” (Carlo Diegues)

“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” (Wim Wenders)

“The State Against Mandela and the Others” (Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte)

“10 Years in Thailand” (Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol & Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

“To the Four Winds” (Michel Toesca)

We could certainly see more movies added in the coming days and weeks. That might especially be true with a few American titles, but for now, this is what we have. On the surface, obviously the biggest film is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Beyond that though, I’d say to look out for 10 Years in Thailand, BlacKkKlansman, Cold War, Dogman, Everybody Knows, The Image Book, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, and Under the Silver Lake. They’re hardly the only ones, but those are the flicks that caught my eye on first glance. The fest will let us know what the best bets are next month, but at the moment, there’s certainly things to look forward to…

Stay tuned for much more on the 2018 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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