One of the year’s most glamorous events, Cannes Film Festival has been and gone.
After weeks of speculation about what might win the Palme d’Or, the jury, consisting of actors Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, handed its top prize to a surprise pick: The Square, a Swedish art-world comedy directed by Ruben Ostlund and starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss.
Sofia Coppola broke a 56-year run of the Best Director prize going to men, taking that award for Southern thriller The Beguiled, whilst Nicole Kidman took home a specially created award for the festival’s 70th anniversary.
Below, we list some of the projects we’re looking forward to seeing the most when they’re released throughout the year…
When a movie’s tagline contains the words ‘Vengeful bitches’, you know it’s a must-see. A feminist psychodrama, the story is set during the Civil War and sees a sheltered group of women take in an injured soldier. Sofia Coppola’s latest features an all-star, Vogue.com dream cast list of Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.
Personally, I think we should all be very, very grateful to Kirsten Dunst for giving us Bring it on, and whilst The Beguiled probably doesn’t contain a single pom-pom, it does feature Kirsten hiding behind doors giving fierce side-eye. The Beguiled’s trailer shows it to be atmospheric, bewitching and stylistic, with early reviews admitting it’s Coppola’s best work yet.
Vengeful bitches, see this on June 23rd.
Netflix’s Cannes entry opened to controversy and booing when French movie theaters protested it’s inclusion because it won’t be released theatrically, but the bonkers trailer had me hooked. Tilda Swinton portrays the film’s villain in an array of ridiculous wigs and the Disney-esque premise of a girl trying to protect her giant pig looks brilliantly barmy.
The clear star of the show here though, aside from the super cute pig-hippo hybrid, will be Jake Gyllenhaal, as a flamboyant TV host snatching scenes (and Tilda’s wigs) left, right and centre. A rare breed of a movie, the genre-sweeping Okja has cult classic potential written all over it.
Swedish director Ruben Ostlünd’s new film The Square looks sets to critique our modern world of fine art and culture – and won the Palme d’Or in doing so. Elisabeth Moss, who basically invented television, stars as an ‘arts correspondent’, who has been called in to collaborate on an exhibit called ‘The Square’.
The film looks beautifully shot and appears to be a brilliantly satirical, sleek and frankly, funny take on the art world.
Filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie’s Good Time looks set to be a thrilling, action-packed crime caper, set to a synth soundtrack and with lots of intense close-ups of Robert Pattinson (yum). Pattinson stars as a Queens bank robber on a hallucinogenic mission to break his mentally handicapped brother out of prison, but things, of course, go horribly wrong.
With clear references to classic movies such as Taxi Driver, this crime caper took Cannes by storm, with Pattinson receiving the best reviews of his career.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos’s next film reunites him with the star of The Lobster, Colin Farrell, adding Nicole Kidman to the mix because dreams do come true and Kidman should be in every movie possible. Fans of an unconventional horror will probably lap this one up; a family live an ordinary life, in an ordinary suburb of America until a deadly stranger enters and upsets everything.
From the synopsis, it appears Lanthimos has taken the themes and elements of the Greek myth of Iphigenia and given it a modern, nightmarish spin. The film looks set to be a deliciously frightening horror in the same stilted, over-mannered style that made The Lobster so successful.
I was obsessed with the LGBT drama Carol when it came out in 2015, and now Todd Haynes’ latest looks set to be as captivating and stylish. It’s a children’s film, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, about two lonely, deaf 12-year-olds living 50 years apart, in 1927 and 1977.
Restock your tissues, we’ve got a weepy.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Nicole Kidman, who must be exhausted after Cannes, get’s her third entry on this list with How to Talk to Girls at Parties. It looks SO. MUCH. FUN. It’s an Sci-Fi-sex-comedy-musical-punk-fantasy set in Croydon in the 70’s. It’s full of leather, PVC and crazy wigs, so I was sold from the first 30 seconds of the trailer.
Lead the punk revolution and get a ticket for this when it comes out later this year.