Can’t make it to Cannes? Never fear – all the best movies at the annual Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off today, will be coming at you real soon. For now, though, here are the most buzzed-about films that the beautiful people will be enjoying at the festival over the next couple of weeks.
The Nice Guys
What it is: Shane Black, who wrote Lethal Weapon as a film student in 1985, directs this crime caper starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two bumbling private detectives. They’re looking for a missing girl and along the way uncover a big ol’ conspiracy while looking hella cool.
The sell: Boogie Nights with extra firepower.
What it is: You already know the answer to this, right? Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book about a Big Friendly Giant gets the live action treatment (there was a cartoon adaptation in 1989) with theatre actor Mark Rylance in the main role and Steven Spielberg – you might have heard of him – behind the camera.
The sell: Your childhood onscreen.
The Neon Demon
What it is: Remember Drive, the super-cool Ryan Gosling thriller with a super-cool soundtrack? Its director, Nicholas Winding Refn, is behind this horror movie starring Elle Fanning as a Los Angeles model attracting unwanted attention from older women who wish to drain her of her youth and vitality.
The sell: Suspiria for the Instagram generation.
What it is: Everyone’s favourite A-list performance artist oddball Shia LaBeouf oddball has made headlines by – shock horror – doing his day job of acting in a film, this time as a young man who bags a job selling magazine subscriptions around middle America. He may or may not wear a paper bag to the screening.
The sell: Shia does normal-ish thing!
It’s Only the End of the World
What it is: If you haven’t heard of Xavier Dolan, you won’t be able to get away from his name soon. The 27-year-old created a big old buzz at Cannes in 2014 with his film Mommy and continues to prove himself capable of creating conversation with tale of a writer (Gaspard Ulliel) who visits his estranged family to inform them of his terminal illness.
The sell: From the filmmaker who’s young, dumb and full of Cannes.
What it is: Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, who’s been big in the art house world for decades, returns with his first film in three years (the last, I’m So Excited, was an underrated knockabout comedy set on an aeroplane). It’s based on a book called Runaways by Alice Munro and centres on a woman tracking down the daughter who went missing many years earlier.
The sell: Pedro returns to writing about strong women – or as he calls it, “the cinema of women”.
What it is: Unbelievable that interracial marriage was banned in Virginia until 1958. Or maybe not, given American’s recent LGBT laws that targeted trans people. Anyway, this movie stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Regga as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple prosecuted for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation statute. Their court case led to the abolishment of the rule across the country. Right on.
The sell: The timely civil rights biopic.
What it is: Adam Driver, everyone’s weird crush from Girls , plays a Charles Bukowski-esque bus driver who’s also a poet, while Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, plays his wife. It’s directed by indie cult hero Jim Jarmusch, who has declined to talk it up as a full-blown comedy but promises there’s “some funny stuff in it.”
The sell: The first of two Jarmusch buzz-makers.
What it is: For music fans, though, the main Jarmusch event will be this biopic about Iggy Pop and The Stooges, whose title may be a riff on Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones biopic Gimme Shelter. Great timing too: Iggy’s last album, Post Pop Depression, was his biggest hit in years.
The sell: It’s an Iggy Pop biopic. We know you’re sold already.
What it is: According to director Michael O’Shea, this New York vampire movie is a combination of “indie drama and horror”, which is a bit like saying it’s a combination of finding a tenner on the floor during happy hour – good news all round.
The sell: An actually cool vampire movie: rarer than seeing Dracula at the beach.