Cannes’ Usual Suspects

cronenberg2005Every year, the official competition seems to feature the same rooster of international filmmakers and the 2014 Cannes edition is no exception. Most of the usual suspects are back from Mike Leigh with a biopic about the painter JMW. Turner, to the Dardenne brothers with Mario Cotillard in an award-worthy role and Ken Loach with another Irish tale.

There is also David Cronenberg taking on Hollywood, Naomi Kawaze with a movie about animism, Nuri Bilge Ceylan with another 3 hour+ work and Olivier Assayas with a picture about theater starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Michel Hazanavicius moves from silent movies to the Chechnya war, Bertrand Bonello delivers a biopic about fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent while Olivier Dahan opens the festival with his much talked-about entry about the princess Grace of Monaco.

More promising, the festival will also feature new movies from the iconic new wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard and the talented Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

When it comes to outsiders, some good surprises could come from Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu), Szifron (Relatos Salvajes) and Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan). Out of competition, Sergeï Loznitsa’s Maidan could be another strong contender. Kristian Levring’s western, The Salvation, has probably one of the most exciting cast, including Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and the soccer player turned actor Eric Cantona.

Photo: David Cronenberg (with Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello) – Cannes 2005. (c) Moland Fengkov.

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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