Picks from Cannes 2015

No, I won’t be going unfortunately, but some of the films in this year’s line-up have been announced today and here are the ones that I’m particularly looking forward to once they are eventually released to mere mortals (probably next year, if we’re lucky).

The opening film is La Tête haute, directed by France’s Emmanuelle Bercot and featuring Catherine Deneuve. This will be the first time since 1987 that a film from a female director has opened the festival. It’s not in competition, however.

In no particular order then, here are the five I would be seeking out, if I were there:

Carol – dir Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel. Todd Haynes has made some interesting films, including the beautiful Far from Heaven, and Patricia Highsmith can be relied upon for a great story.

The Lobster dir Yorgos Lanthimos

How about this: “a love story set in a dystopian future where single people are arrested and forced to find a mate within 45 days”. His earlier films Dogtooth and Alps are weirdly engaging, and with a cast including Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and Olivia Colman, it’s a must.

Our Little Sister – dir Hirokazu Kore-eda

One of my favourite directors is back! This time with a family story of four sisters and their grandmother.

Macbeth dir Justin Kurzel

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard do Shakespeare. All I need to know.

Mountains May Depart – dir Jia Zhangke

I’m a fan of his previous films 24 City and A Touch of Sin, so interested to see what he does next.

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