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Cannes 2015: The Must Watch List

Written by James Cheetham on 14th May 2015

                                                                   

Heart eating royals, rebellious teenagers, punk rockers VS Nazis and stop motion Princes - this is what you should be looking out for from Cannes.

Unfortunately us mere mortals cannot be at Cannes in person, but we can still keep our eyes peeled for some of cinema's next big hits, so we've put together some of the films we're most excited about from Cannes so you can get that Must Watch list together easier

Solidly opening the 68th Cannes was Emmanuelle Bercot's La Tete Haute, the first female directed film to open the Film Festival since Diane Kurys' A Man in Love in 1987. La Tete Haute returned Cannes to its French roots with Catherine Deneuve in a supporting role to newcomer Rod Paradot, playing the lead role of a turbulent teenager trying to overcome his violent and crime ridden past.  

                                                   

Cannes veterans such as Woody Allen and Gus Van Sant are back this year, Allen working with Emma Stone once again on Irrational Man and Gus Van Sant jumping on the Matthew McConaughey band wagon with The Sea of Trees. 

On the animation front, Pixar are screening their latest offering with Inside Out, their first original release since 2012’s Brave and it promises the usual originality and heart felt messages of their previous madcap creations. Also hotly tipped is The Little Prince, which combines beautifully realised stop motion & computer generated animation with a star studded voice over cast.

Already being called a Cannes stand-out (and swiftly added to Searchlight’s must watch list) is Matteo Garrone’sTale of Tales, with a superb cast including Salma Hayek, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel, the Renaissance fairy tale film boasts some of the festivals most eye catching and gorgeous visuals. I mean...just look...

                                     

The Oscar tipped performances are abound with Cate Blanchett’s lesbian love story Carol and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring in the latest Macbeth adaptation.

 Not forgetting the oddball additions to the film line up such as The Lobster, Love and Green Room, all three films straying from your standard cinema fare. The Lobster tells of a world where people turn into animals and are released into the woods if they don’t find true love in 45 days, Love a sexually charged drama which is making a name for itself on its film poster campaign alone and Green Room which follows a punk rock band fighting for survival against a group of skinhead Nazis.

And that’s just skimming the surface, suffice to say, there should be something for everyone…put us down for The Little Prince and Tale of Tales please.

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