CANNES ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2017 SELECTION


The official 2017 selection of the Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 17 through 28, was announced today, April 13. Keeping in vein with many cultural events following the United States election, this year’s edition of the French festival is highly politicized. Of the forty-nine films included, many focus on current issues. An Inconvenient Sequel will be shown as a special screening, it is Al Gore’s documentary follow-up to his climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth. Joining in the special screenings will be Sea Sorrow, Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut. The documentary gives context to the current migrant crisis by covering a mix of past and present events in the struggle for human rights. It features Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Juliet Stephenson and Lord Alf Dubs, who escaped the Holocaust and has been an advocate for refugee rights ever since.

Also in the Cannes selection will be a drama about the Aids crisis, a documentary about North Korea and You Were Never Really Here which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a veteran who tries to intervene into a sex trafficking ring. The Lynne Ramsay directed film is a significant inclusion into Cannes for several reasons. As an Amazon Studios production it joins several other television-streaming platforms in their Cannes debut. Ramsay is also one of twelve female directors represented at the festival.

Sofia Coppola joins Ramsay in this group of directors and goes up against her in the competition category. The Marie Antoinette director marks her return to Cannes with new film The Beguiled which is a remake of a Clint Eastwood drama set during the Civil War. It stars Colin Farrell as a wounded shoulder taken in by three Southern society women played by Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Howard and Nicole Kidman. Kidman is this year’s reigning queen of Cannes – she is featured in four different movies opening at the 2017 events. Kristen Stewart who has acted in many movies featured at recent Cannes festivals will make her directorial debut with the short film, Come Swim.

This year, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux has changed his stance on television. Previously the festival had a “no serialized drama” rule but two shows will screen at this year’s events. From director, Jane Campion (the only woman ever to win a Palme d’Or), will be New Zealand mystery series, Top Of The Lake. David Lynch will screen the revival of his classic show, Twin Peaks.

In unexpected news, Adam Sandler will be present at Cannes, marking his first time at the festival since he starred in Punch Drunk Love in 2002. This year he acts in Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories which also stars heavyweights Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. Meyerowitz is the first Netflix film to compete at Cannes.

See the full list of the official 2017 Cannes selection below.

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

70th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
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

VIRTUAL REALITY FILM
Carne Y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), dir: Alejandro G Inarritu

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
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

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
AK-Nyeo (The Villainess), dir: Jung Byung-gil

Bulhandang (The Merciless), dir: Byun Sung-hyun

Prayer Before Dawn, dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

OUT OF COMPETITION
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

UN CERTAIN REGARD
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

COMPETITION
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

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