Cannes 2017. Could Michael Haneke scoop a historic third Palme d’Or?

We’ve had the official selection and we know the names of the members of the jury. We also know that this year’s festival is strongly politicised with a particular anti-Trump/refugee focus. In terms of the speculation, Michael Haneke is leading the charge.

Haneke’s Happy End is a family drama, set in Calais, against the backdrop of the refugee crisis. It reunites Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert from Amour. The other star of that film, Emmanuelle Riva, sadly died earlier this year. Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie/La Haine) Lubna Abidar (Much Loved) and Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio/Frost/Nixon) are also cast. Another refugee drama, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon is also in competition. In a first for Cannes there are two Netflix funded films in contention.

The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach has a cast of highly recognisable actors and tells the story of an estranged family gathering in New York to celebrate the artistic work of their father. Okja by Bong Joon-ho is billed as a fantasy film. It stars Tilda Swinton and is described as “a very political movie” about “the way we exploit animals”. Cannes wouldn’t be Cannes without some controversy and this year it came swiftly with accusations that legendary actress Claudia Cardinale had been airbrushed on the official poster.

French media lead the criticism and provided the evidence. Why anyone would consider Claudia Cardinale in need of adjustment is beyond us, but Cannes is still a place where female film-makers are valued. This year there are twelve female directors across all sections and three of them have films in competition: Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Naomi Kawase’s Radiance.

If, like us, you are still thinking about The Lobster, you’ll be delighted to see the inclusion of Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest: The Killing of a Sacred Deer; the story of a teenager’s attempt to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family. It obviously takes an unexpected turn and no doubt that unexpected turn will be fairly mind-bending.

Cannes regular François Ozon returns fresh from Golden Lion and César best film nominations for Frantz. (Pascal Marti won the cinematography César for the film.)  L’Amant Double is about a fragile young woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst and moves in with him, but of course, all is not as it seems.

Official Selection – Competition:

Wonderstruck, Todd Haynes

Le Redoutable, Michel Hazanavicius

The Day After, Hong Sangsoo

Radiance, Naomi Kawase

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos

A Gentle Creature, Sergei Loznitsa

Jupiter’s Moon, Kornél Mundruczó

L’Amant Double, François Ozon

You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay

Good Time, Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie

Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Meyerowitz Stories, Noah Baumbach

In The Fade, Fatih Akin

Okja, Bong Joon-Ho

120 Heartbeats Per Minute, Robin Campillo

The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola

Rodin, Jacques Doillon

Happy End, Michael Haneke

With the addition of:

The Square, Ruben Östlund

The competition Jury will be led by Pedro Almodóvar. 25 years ago he served as a juror under the leadership of Gérard Depardieu. The other jury members are German director, screenwriter and producer Maren Ade, American actress and producer Jessica Chastain, Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing, French actress, screenwriter, director and singer Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director, screenwriter and producer Park Chan-wook, US actor, musician and producer Will Smith, Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and French composer Gabriel Yared.

The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th May at the closing ceremony.

It has also been announced that American Actress Uma Thurman will take charge of the ‘Un Certain Regard’ jury.

Un Certain Regard films:

Barbara, Mathieu Amalric

The Desert Bride, Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato

Jeune Femme, Léonor Serraille

Dregs, Mohammad Rasoulof

The Nature Of Time, Karim Moussaoui

Before We Vanish, Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Out, Gyorgy Kristof

Directions, Stephan Komandarev

Western, Valeska Grisebach

April’s Daughter, Michel Franco

Lucky, Sergio Castellitto

L’atelier, Laurent Cantet

Beauty and the Dogs, Kaouther Ben Hania

Closeness, Kantemir Balagov

After The War, Annarita Zambrano

Wind River, Taylor Sheridan

With the addition of:

Le Vénérable, Barbet Schroeder

Carré 35, Li Ruijun

The prize list will be revealed on Saturday 27th May.

One other interesting announcement has been that the festival will host the premiere of a TV series. Festival goers will be able to catch two episodes of Twin Peaks season 3. Digital Spy have two teasers from the new series here.

What is shaping up to be a very interesting 70th Festival will run from the 17th – 28th May.

We’ll be back with more soon..

All images courtesy of Festival de Cannes.

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