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Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2017

© Andrea Raffin

The 70th Cannes Film Festival runs from Wednesday May 17 to Sunday May 28 and, as ever, features hugely-anticipated world premieres from many of the world’s leading filmmakers. From America, there are new films from Sofia Coppola (‘The Beguiled’), Todd Haynes (‘Wonderstruck’) and Noah Baumbach (‘The Meyerowitz Stories’) – as well as the unveiling of the first two episodes of David Lynch’s revived TV series ‘Twin Peaks’. Other world cinema heavyweights heading to France include the double Palme d’Or-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke (‘Happy End’); Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’); and Russian Andrey Zvyagintsev (‘Loveless’). French filmmakers competing for the coveted Palme d’Or include François Ozon (‘Double Lover’), Jacques Doillon (‘Rodin’) and Robin Campillo (‘120 Beats Per Minute’). The one British filmmaker in contention for cinema’s most prestigious award is Lynne Ramsay, whose Joaquin Phoenix-starring ‘You Were Never Really Here’ is her first film since 2011’s ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.

Here's the full list of films screening at Cannes 2017 in contention for the Palme d’Or, updated with Time Out reviews as soon as we've seen them: 

The 2017 Palme d’Or contenders

120 battements par minute

Writer-turned-director Robin Campillo scripted the Cannes Film Festival's 2008 Palme d'Or winner 'The Class'. Now he's been nominated for the award again for '120 battements par minute', a drama set in the 1990s about the fight between governments, activists and pharmaceutical companies over the right to proper Aids medication. 

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The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola ('Lost in Translation', 'The Bling Ring') returns to the same 1966 Thomas P Cullinan novel which inspired a 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood. Coppola's version stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Set during the Civil War in the 1860s, it tells of an injured Union soldier who is taken in by a girls' boarding school. Gothic sexual shenanigans follow…

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The Day After

The prolific Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo has two films in this year’s Cannes, this and ‘Claire’s Camera’. The plot for this one remains mysterious.

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A Gentle Creature

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa ('In the Fog') has loosely based this dramatic feature (he also makes documentaries) on an 1876 short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It tells of a woman whose husband is in prison and who travels to a remote region to find out what has happened to him when a parcel she sends to him is returned. The adaptation is loose though: Loznitsa has said he 'completely invented' the story.

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Good Time

Their heroin-fuelled romantic drama 'Heaven Knows What' scored spectacular reviews back in 2014, so it's no surprise that New York based brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie have roped in an impressive cast for their latest. Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi star in this tale of a criminal who can't outrun the law.

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Happy End

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke ('Amour', 'The White Ribbon') returns with this film set in Calais in northern France and reportedly a drama about a middle-class family set to the backdrop of the refugee crisis. And check that title from this famously rigorous and serious filmmaker; already the reviews write themselves: 'Happy end? Don't bank on it.' The film stars Mathieu Kassovitz, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and others. Haneke has already won the Palme d'Or at Cannes twice. Will he do it again?

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In the Fade

Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin returns with the German-language ‘In the Fade’, a film about a man who is tipped over the edge by his experiences of prejudice. It stars German actress Diane Kruger.

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Jupiter's Moon

Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó’s follow-up to ‘White God’ tells of a young immigrant who is shot while crossing the border illegally. Now in a state of shock, the same young man finds that he’s able to levitate when he wants. He’s put in a refugee camp before being smuggled away by a doctor who wants to exploit his powers.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Greek writer-director of 'Dogtooth' and 'The Lobster' reunites with Colin Farrell and invites Nicole Kidman into his fold for his first film set in the US. The story tells of a teenager who attempts to integrate a brilliant surgeon (Farrell) into his dysfunctional family. Yorgos Lanthimos's films are leftfield, surreal and probing – don't expect anything different this time round.

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L'amant double

Prolific French director Francois Ozon returns with a Hitchcockian thriller starring Jacqueline Bisset and the Dardennes brothers's regular frontman Jeremie Renier. Ozon has a knack for writing great parts for older actresses - just check out Catherine Deneuve's majestic turn in 'Potiche' - so we're excited to check out his collaboration with the mighty Bisset.

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