Thursday, May 7, 2015

Field Guide to Cannes 2015: Main Comp Films N-Z

More info on the films in competition at Cannes 2015

Nie yin niang (The Assassin)

Taiwan. Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou

A martial-arts film set during the mighty Tang Dynasty period in Chinese history

Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Saul fia

Hungary. Directed by Laszlo Nemes

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival by trying to salvage from the flames a body he thinks may be his son.

Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn


USA. Directed by Denis Villeneuve

A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.

Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal

The Lobster

Greece, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, France. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.

Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux

The Sea of Trees

USA. Directed by Gus Van Sant

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Jordan Gavaris

The Tale of Tales

Italy, France, UK. Directed by Matteo Garrone

An ambitious adaptation of three stories from the seventeenth-century fairy tale collection by Italian poet Giambattista Basile.

Stars: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly 

Umimachi Diary

Japan. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho

Valley of Love

France. Directed by Guillaume Nicloux

An estranged couple reunite after their son's death, and receive a mysterious letter asking them to visit five places at Death Valley, which will make the son reappear.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Dan Warner


Italy, France, Switzerland, UK. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Michael Caine 

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