Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2015

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It’s another strong lineup at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24 2015), with filmmakers including Paolo Sorrentino, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant and Jacques Audiard all presenting new films in the competition for the Palme d’Or. This year’s jury is jointly headed by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who will decide which film will take the crown from recent Palme d’Or winners ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’.

The festival will also see actors including Matthew McConaughey, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine strolling the famous red carpet. 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!

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Todd Haynes directs an adaptation of a novelist Patricia Highsmith novel starring screen couple Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett - now that’s what we call quality.

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Son of Saul

After cutting his teeth as legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's assistant, Laszlo Nemes makes his directorial debut with 'Son of Saul'. It's rare that a first feature makes its debut in the Cannes competition.

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The Tale of Tales

‘Gomorrah’ director Matteo Garrone returns with an English language fantasy/horror film based on a collection of seventeeth-century fairy tales by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile.

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Our Little Sister

One of the world's finest living filmmakers, Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda, returns with another small-scale family drama. This time he's focusing on three sisters who react badly when their unusual half-sibling joins the family.

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The Measure of a Man

Director Stephane Brizé's last two films, 'Mademoiselle Chambon' and 'A Few Hours of Spring', were both festival favourites. Her new work looks at the effects of unemployment on ordinary people.

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The Lobster

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos works with Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and other international stars for this sci-fi story about a future where single people must find a mate within 45 days or be turned into wild animals.

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Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino follows his Oscar win for 'The Great Beauty' with his second international film (after 2011's 'This Must Be the Place'). This one stars Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, and tells of two old friends, one a film director, the other a composer, who muse on their lives while on holiday in the Alps.

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Emily Blunt stars as an FBI agent who joins a covert CIA mission to bring down the boss of a Mexcian cartel.

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Release date: Friday September 25 2015

Louder than Bombs

Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier ('Reprise', 'Oslo, August 31st') moves into English-language filmmaking with this drama about a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert). An exhibition of photographs after her death initiates the discovery of secrets from her past by her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons.

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The Sea of Trees

Named for a forest in Japan famous for the number of suicides which take place there each year, Gus Van Sant's latest drama stars Matthew McConnaughey as a man who decides to take his own life, only to rethink when he meets a Japanese man with similar intentions.

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The director of 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone' tells the story of a Tamil fighter who flees Sri Lanka and moves to Paris, where he works as a caretaker on the edge of the city.

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Marguerite et Julien

French director Valerie Donzelli isn't well known over here, though films like 'Queen of Hearts' and 'Declaration of War' have been hugely popular in her home country. Her latest film stars Anais Demoustier, but plot details are still under wraps.

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The Assassin

Martial arts movies appear to be all the rage at the moment, especially those made by directors who don’t tend to dabble in genre cinema. Reports suggest that Taiwanese new wave lynchpin Hou-Hsiao Hsien’s ‘The Assassin’ is about a shape-shifting female assassin who is steely in her loyalty to family and clients.

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Mountains May Depart

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke ('A Touch of Sin') tells a three-part story, set between the 1990s and 2025, about a young couple and their destiny over several decades. The third part is set in Australia and marks the first time that the director has made a film outside of China.

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Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel ('Snowtown') directs this new adaptation of Shakespeare's play, with Michael Fassbender as Mr Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Mrs Macbeth. Other cast members include David Thewlis as Duncan and Paddy Considine as Banquo.

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Mon Roi

Actress-filmmaker Maiwenn made her name internationally with 2009's hard-hitting 'Polisse', a Cannes festival favourite. Her new movie features Vincent Cassel and Louis Garrel in prominent roles.

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My Mother

The new film from Italian director Nanni Moretti ('The Son's Room') tells of a filmmaker who is working on a movie with an American star and is struggling to hold her life together off the film set.

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More 2015 Cannes Film Festival films


British filmmaker Asif Kapadia follows up his blockbusting documentary about Ayrton Senna with the story of tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011. Expect it to dig a lot deeper than your average BBC4 rock doc.

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Release date: Friday July 3 2015

Inside Out

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on in their head? That’s the starting point of Pixar’s latest animation, which takes us inside the control station HQ in our brains. It’s a beautifully simple idea: Pixar has animated the conflicting emotions at work in all of us.

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Release date: Friday July 24 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road

Twenty years on from the last instalment, ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’, we catch up with Australia’s roughest, toughest apocalyptic outlaw as he roams the wasteland in his souped-up roadster looking for trouble.

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Irrational Man

The new film from Woody Allen stars Emma Stone (returning after Woody's last film, 'Magic in the Moonlight') and Joaquin Phoenix, working with Allen for the first time. Phoenix plays a philosophy professor whose life takes a new turn when he enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).

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