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Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2016

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It’s another strong lineup at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22 2016), with filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, the Dardenne brothers, Pedro Almodóvar, Bruno Dumont and many more all presenting new films at the world's most prestigious film event – with many of them also competing for the coveted Palme d'Or. This year’s jury is headed by Australian filmmaker George Miller, the man behind the 'Mad Max' films, and they will decide which film will follow Jacques Audiard's 2015 winner ‘Dheepan’ in nabbing the festival's top prize.

The festival will also see actors including Mark Rylance, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert and more mounting the famous red steps. Find out what they’re up to, along with the latest news and reviews of all the big films as and when we have them right here. Salut!

2016 Cannes Film Festival


A little girl is carried away on a magical adventure by the titular Big Friendly Giant.

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Release date: Friday July 22 2016

Café Society

Woody Allen's latest film (we've lost count!) is set in 1930s Hollywood and tells of a young man who arrives in LA hoping to work in the film industry and gets swept up in the romance and culture of the age. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart among others.

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Money Monster

TV finance adviser George Clooney is kidnapped by an irate viewer in Jodie Foster's satirical thriller.

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Release date: Friday May 27 2016

The 2016 Palme d'or contenders

Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta

Based on a short story by Alice Munro, Almodovar's latest concerns a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown (hang on, haven't we been here before?).

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Release date: Friday August 26 2016

Olivier Assayas's Personal Shopper

After collaborating on 'Clouds of Sils Maria', French filmmaker Olivier Assayas reteams with actress Kristen Stewart for this ghost story set among the fashion world of contemporary Paris.

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Nicole Garcia's From the Land of the Moon

French filmmaker Nicole Garcia directs Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel in this literary adaptation that spans 20 years after World War Two and tells of a woman in a loveless marriage who falls for another man.

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Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius

This is the second film from the Brazilian filmmaker whose debut was 2012's 'Neighbouring Sounds'. This tells of a 65-year-old woman (Sonia Braga), a retired music writer and critic who lives alone in an apartment block with the same name as this film and has – wait for it – mastered the art of time travel.

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Alain Guiraudie's Staying Vertical

French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie follows 'Stranger by the Lake' with the story of a man, Leo, hunting for wolves in southern France who falls in love with a shepherdess, Marie.

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Ten films we can’t wait to see at the Cannes Film Festival 2016

This year’s line-up looks pretty special, with the latest films by American heavyweights Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, plus new work from some of the globe’s most celebrated filmmakers, including Romania’s Cristi Puiu and Britain’s Ken Loach. Here are the ten movies we’re most looking forward to.

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