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"Meek" And "Terrible": 13 Main Films Of The Cannes Film Festival -
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A scene from the film "The Ghosts of Ishmael" by Arno Deplechen
A scene from the film "The Ghosts of Ishmael" by Arno Deplechen

The Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 17 to 28 May, announced the official program today. The Palme d'Or, awarded this year by a jury chaired by Pedro Almodovar, will nominate 18 films, including new films by Sofia Coppola, François Ozon, Michael Haneke and Andrei Zvyagintsev. - about the feeds of the greatest interest.

The Ghosts of Ishmael

Director Arnaud Desplechin is fully rewarded for his 13-year absence from Cannes: his new drama about the director (Mathieu Amalric), to whom his old love returns 20 years later, just on the eve of the shooting of the new film, will be shown at the opening of the festival out of competition. The film also stars Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Louis Garrel - this year the 70th anniversary festival will patriotically open with a French ribbon with the brightest national stars - unlike in previous years, when the opening, as a rule, showed the American films.

Fatal temptation

Sofia Coppola is a welcome guest in Cannes. In 2006, her "Marie Antoinette" was nominated for the main award, and the last picture, "Elite Society" in 2013, was shown in the program "A special look". "Fatal Temptation" is a screen version of the novel by Thomas Cullinen, which in 1971 became the basis for the film of the same name by Clint Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning play Massachusetts girls' schoolgirls picking up a wounded soldier (Colin Farrell) during the Civil War, whose presence disrupts the girl's calm lifestyle. The film, directed by Coppola after four years of silence, will be released in Russia on July 27.

Still from the film
Still from the film

Killing a sacred deer

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will clearly become the brightest stars of the 70th festival. In addition to Fatal Temptation, they starred in a new film by the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, who already directed Farrell in his previous film, Lobster, also shown in Cannes. Farrell plays a surgeon who wants to adopt a teenage girl, but doesn't yet know what sacrifices he will have to make.

By the way, Kidman's participation in the festival is not limited to these two films: out of competition, a new film with her "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" by John Cameron Mitchell, who has not filmed for seven years, based on the story of Neil Gaiman, will be shown.

Stories of the Mairowitz Family

The favorite of New York intellectuals, Noah Baumbak, the Cannes Film Festival was not very fond of. Filming for over 20 years, the director is a newcomer to the Cannes Competition. The Stories of the Mairowitz Family is a tragicomedy typical for independent cinema about a dysfunctional Jewish family with an unexpected and therefore ingenious casting. The film stars Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, who usually gives out comedy trash - his participation in a serious arthouse so surprised the press that many publications have already appeared with the headlines "You will not believe, but Adam Sandler claims to the" Golden Palm branch".


At first glance, Korean Pona Joon-ho's films may seem too commercial for the highbrow Cannes. But in each of them there is always a clearly defined social commentary, which completely fits his paintings into the arthouse context. The director's new film tells the story of a girl caring for a mythical forest creature hunted by a large international company. As always, Pong Joon-ho has the perfect casting - Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins and Giancarlo Esposito.

Still from the movie "Okja" by Pona Joon-ho
Still from the movie "Okja" by Pona Joon-ho

Happy end

The most titled contestant Michael Haneke (he won the Palme d'Or twice, in 2009 and 2012), after a five-year silence, will come to Cannes with the actors who have already played with him before - Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant. "Happy End", as almost always with Haneke, is a tough drama with a topical background, in this case it is the problem of refugees in French Calais.

A world full of wonders

American Todd Haynes has previously been nominated twice for the Palme d'Or: back in 1998 for Velvet Mine and just two years ago for Carol, thanks to the latest tape, Rooney Mara was also recognized as the best actress. This time, the director will return to the competition with the adaptation of Brian Selznick's book about the boy Ben and the girl Rose living in different eras. Ben dreams of finding his father who left the family, and Rose is fascinated by a mysterious actress. The film stars Julianne Moore, the queen of American independent films (who has already worked with Todd Haynes on Far From Paradise) and Michelle Williams.


One of the elders of French cinema, author of "Fifteen" and "Revenge of a Woman" Jacques Doyon swung at the film adaptation of the life of Auguste Rodin with Vincent Lyndon as the famous sculptor and Isia Izhlain as his favorite student Camille Claudel. Naturally, no one has seen the film, so it is not known how Doyon's interpretation will differ from Rodin's earlier biopics, whose life more than once became the plot of French paintings.

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Still from the film


Michelle Hazanavicius, who received an Oscar six years ago, dared to present an unexpected film to the jury this year - about the love affair of the well-to-be and working Cannes hero Jean-Luc Godard with Anna Vyazemsky on the set of the legendary "Chinese Woman" exactly 50 years ago. They say that Louis Garrel is so good in the role of the young Godard that they are ready to forgive Hazanavichus for a risky plot. The film also stars the director's wife, Berenice Bejo, and Stacy Martin, who starred in von Trier's Nymphomaniac.


The Ukrainian director, who is equally successful in documentary and feature films, Sergei Loznitsa is known and loved in Cannes - he was twice nominated for the Palme d'Or for My Happiness and In the Fog in 2010 and 2012, and in 2014 he received the Grand Prix for the documentary "Maidan". Now Loznitsa is taking a game tape to the festival based on Dostoevsky's story about a usurer who unhappily married a young girl.

Double Lover

Twice nominated for the main Cannes prize (in 2003 and 2013), François Ozon this year will show a thriller about a young inexperienced woman (Marina Vact) who falls in love with her psychoanalyst (Jérémy Rainier), moves in with him and only then finds out that two personalities coexist in him. In general, a typical Ozone, returning after last year's quiet costume "Franz" to the familiar territory of sexual perversion.

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Still from the film

You've never been here

All of Lynn Ramsey's previous films - Pied Piper, Morvern Kallar and Something Wrong with Kevin - premiered in Cannes, so it's no surprise that her new drama, based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, is taking part in the competition. According to the plot, a war veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) tries to save the heroine of Ekaterina Samsonova from sexual slavery.


It's hard to believe, but three years have passed since the sensational and Oscar-nominated "Leviathan". Its author Andrei Zvyagintsev will show in Cannes "Dislike" - a drama about a 12-year-old boy who decides to disappear from home in the midst of his parents' divorce. Zvyagintsev clearly does not plan to soften the themes of his paintings, and, in general, no one expects this from him. It's funny that with the participation of Sergey Loznitsa in the competition, also with the family drama, Cannes will turn for us into a kind of Eurovision with its eternal question: "Russia or Ukraine?"

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