Monday, May 4, 2015

Field Guide to Cannes 2015: Main Comp Films A-M

It's that time of year again. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May13th through the 24th. Here's part one of my annual look at the films in competition.


USA, UK. Directed by Todd Haynes

Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Stars: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler


USA. Directed by Michel Franco

A home care nurse works with terminally ill patients.

Stars: Tim Roth, Bitsie Tulloch, Sarah Sutherland


France. Directed by Jacques Audiard

Dheepan is the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.

Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga 

La loi du marché

France. Directed by Stéphane Brizé

At 51, after 20 months of unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that puts him in a moral dilemma.

Stars: Vincent Lindon

Louder Than Bombs

Norway, France, Denmark, USA. Directed by Joachim Trier

The family of a deceased war photographer discovers a secret about her past when a gallery prepares for a retrospective of her work.

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan, Gabriel Byrne


UK, USA, France. Directed by Justin Kurzel

Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis

Marguerite et Julien

France. Directed by Valérie Donzelli

The story revolves around Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet, the son and daughter of the Lord of Tourlaville, who have had great affection for one another since they were children. But as they grow up, their tender love turns into an all-consuming passion.

Stars: Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Aurélia Petit

Mia madre

Italy, France. Directed by Nanni Moretti

Margherita, a woman in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.

Stars: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini 

Mon roi

France. Directed by Maïwenn

A woman is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Dependent on medical staff and painkillers, she reflects on a tumultuous love affair from the past.

Stars: Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Bercot

Mountains May Depart

China, Japan. Directed by Zhangke Jia

The film has three parts, set in the 1990s, the present and in Australia in the year 2025.

Stars: Tao Zhao

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