Cannes Interest List 2017

by Col Needham | last updated - 1 month ago

These are the films which I am most excited about seeing at The Cannes Film Festival 2017. After the opening night film, the list is in alphabetical order by English title. I always try to catch all the films in the main competition.

Cannes is a wonderful festival with so many films to see and so many things happening. I will not make it to all of these but I will certainly try to catch as many as possible!

The ones I see will be moved to my Cannes Film Festival 2017 list.

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1. Les fantômes d'Ismaël (2017)

114 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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57 Metascore

The story follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel

Votes: 444

2. Las hijas de Abril (2017)

103 min | Drama

6.9
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60 Metascore

Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon, Joanna Larequi

Votes: 346

3. Barbara (2017)

98 min | Biography

6.4
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60 Metascore

A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara.

Director: Mathieu Amalric | Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Marc Bodnar, Aurore Clément

Votes: 104

4. D'après une histoire vraie (I) (2017)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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43 Metascore

A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, Damien Bonnard, Vincent Perez

Votes: 97

5. Aala Kaf Ifrit (2017)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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During a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, meets the mysterious Youssef and leaves with him. A long night will begin, during which she'll have to fight for her rights and her ... See full summary »

Directors: Khaled Walid Barsaoui, Kaouther Ben Hania | Stars: Mohamed Akkari, Chedly Arfaoui, Anissa Daoud, Mariam Al Ferjani

Votes: 22

6. The Beguiled (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama

7.0
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77 Metascore

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

Votes: 5,862 | Gross: $9.39M

7. Mugen no jûnin (2017)

140 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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71 Metascore

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara

Votes: 192

8. La caméra de Claire (2017)

69 min | Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

About a part time high school teacher and writer.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Shahira Fahmy, Jang Mi Hee, Mi-hie Jang

Votes: 37

9. Geu-hu (2017)

92 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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67 Metascore

The married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Yunhee Cho, Ki Joabang, Min-hee Kim, Sae-byeok Kim

Votes: 245

10. Krotkaya (2017)

143 min | Drama, Mystery

8.1
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82 Metascore

A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.

Director: Sergei Loznitsa | Stars: Vasilina Makovtseva, Liya Akhedzhakova, Boris Kamorzin, Valeriu Andriutã

Votes: 157

11. Lerd (2017)

117 min | Drama

7.6
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A drama about the corruption and injustice in the iranian society. You are the suppressed, or you have to join the suppressor to survive!

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani

Votes: 143

12. Nos années folles (2017)

103 min | Drama

5.6
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Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Pierre Deladonchamps, Céline Sallette, Xavier Robic, Constance Chovet

Votes: 19

13. Good Time (2017)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

Directors: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Ben Safdie

Votes: 466

14. Happy End (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

7.4
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75 Metascore

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

Votes: 308

15. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.5
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44 Metascore

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson

Votes: 211

16. Aus dem Nichts (2017)

106 min | Drama

6.5
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60 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of husband and son in a bomb attack. After the time of mourning and injustice, here comes the time of revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Samia Muriel Chancrin

Votes: 295

17. Jeune femme (2017)

97 min | Drama

7.7
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80 Metascore

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Director: Léonor Serraille | Stars: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Jean-Christophe Folly

Votes: 121

18. Jupiter holdja (2017)

123 min | Drama

6.7
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56 Metascore

Aryan is a Syrian refugee trying to make his way into Hungary from Serbia, along with his father and many other wretched souls. They are all caught, and find themselves in a web of cynicism and corruption.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai

Votes: 374

19. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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84 Metascore

A teenager's attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell

Votes: 458

20. L'amant double (2017)

107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.5
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64 Metascore

Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer

Votes: 595

21. Loveless (2017)

127 min | Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Yanina Hope, Aleksey Rozin, Maryana Spivak, Marina Vasilyeva

Votes: 719

22. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel

Votes: 221

23. Okja (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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76 Metascore

Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating animal named Okja.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 31,030

24. 120 battements par minute (2017)

140 min | Drama

7.9
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78 Metascore

120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Jean-François Auguste

Votes: 255

25. Out (III) (2017)

88 min | Drama

6.6
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OUT is an odyssey about 50 year old family man Agoston wandering through East Europe. After loosing his lifelong job in a power plant of small Slovak village Agoston takes the shady but ... See full summary »

Director: György Kristóf | Stars: Sándor Terhes, Éva Bandor, Judit Bárdos, Ieva Norvele

Votes: 40

26. Hikari (II) (2017)

101 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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52 Metascore

A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Mantarô Koichi, Ayame Misaki, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 183

27. Le redoutable (2017)

107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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67 Metascore

During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot

Votes: 226

28. The Square (2017)

142 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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74 Metascore

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times - about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 375

29. Faces Places (2017)

89 min | Documentary

8.2
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95 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, JR, Laurent Levesque, Agnès Varda

Votes: 234

30. Wonderstruck (2017)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Family, Mystery

7.5
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74 Metascore

The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds

Votes: 223

31. L'atelier (2017)

113 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia

Votes: 30

32. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette

Votes: 219