Official Selection of Films for the 70th Anniversary of Cannes Film Festival

The 70th Anniversary of the annual Cannes Film Festival starts from Wednesday, May 17 to Sunday, 28  with French director Arnaud Desplechin's "Ismael's Ghosts" as the opening film.

Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar is the President of the Jury and Italian actress Monica Bellucci is hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.

Famous Italian Tunisian actress and feminist, Claudia Cardinale is on the official poster , dancing on a Roman rooftop in a 1959 film. The poster “promises a celebration in passionate red and sparkling gold.”

I am not really excited about the whole celebration, because not a single African film is among the 19 films in the main competition for the highly coveted Palme d’Or that will be encrusted with 167 diamonds.
Only the French Tunisian drama, "Beauty and the Dogs" by Kaouther Ben Hania is competing among the 18 films in the Un Certain Regard.
"Babatu", a 1976 Nigerien film directed by the late Jean Rouch, one of the founders of cinéma-vérité in France is selected among the films for special screenings of Cannes Classics.

The Palme d'Or.
Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled", adapted from the 1966 Thomas Cullinan novel is a hot contender for the Palme d'Or.

The 2017 Official Selection - Festival de Cannes.


Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin (Out of Competition)


Top of the Lake: China Girl, dirs: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami
Twin Peaks, dir: David Lynch
Come Swim, dir: Kristen Stewart.

Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Good Time, dirs: Benny and Josh Safdie
You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay
L’Amant Double, dir: Francois Ozon
Jupiter’s Moon, dir: Kornel Mundruczo
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
The Day After, dir: Hang Sangsoo
Redoubtable, dir: Michel Hazanavicius
Wonderstruck, dir: Todd Haynes
Happy End, dir: Michael Haneke
Rodin, dir: Jacques Doillon
The Beguiled, dir: Sofia Coppola
In the Fade, dir: Fatih Akin
The Meyerowitz Stories, dir: Noah Baumbach
Okja, dir: Bong Joon-ho
120 Battements Par Minute, dir: Robin Campillo
Hikari (Radiance), dir: Naomi Kawase
A Gentle Creature, dir: Sergei Loznitsa.
The Square, dir: Ruben Östlund.


Carne Y Arena (Flesh And Sand), dir: Alejandro G Inarritu


An Inconvenient Sequel, dirs: Ronni Cohen & Jon Shenk
12 Jours, dir: Raymond Depardon
They, dir: Anahita Ghazinizadeh
Keul-Le-Eo-Ui-Ka-Me-La (Clair’s Camera), dir: Hong Sangsoo
Promised Land, dir: Eugene Jarecki
Napalm, dir: Claude Lanzmann
Demons In Paradise, dir: Jude Ratman
Sea Sorrow, dir: Vanessa Redgrave


AK-Nyeo (The Villainess), dir: Jung Byung-gil
Bulhandang (The Merciless), dir: Byun Sung-hyun
Prayer Before Dawn, dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire


Mugen Non Junin, (Blade Of The Immortal), dir: Takashi Miike
How To Talk To Girls At Parties, dir: John Cameron Mitchell
Visages, Villages, dir: Agnes Varda & JR


Barbara, dir: Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride), dirs: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
Tesnota (Closeness), dir: Kantemir Balagov
Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty And The Dogs), dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
L’Atélier, dir: Laurent Cantet
Fortunata (Lucky), dir: Sergio Castellitto
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughter), dir: Michel Franco
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Lerd (Dregs), dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), dir: Karim Moussaoui
Apres La Guerre (After The War), dir: Annarita Zambrano
Wind River, dir: Taylor Sheridan
Jeune Femme, dir: Leonor Serraille
Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
Posoki (Directions), dir: Stephan Komandarev
Out, dir: Gyorgy Kristof.

Marché du Film Cannes film market.

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