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Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2018

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The 71st Cannes Film Festival runs from Tuesday May 8 to Saturday May 19.

The lineup for this year's festival suggests a renewal for the world's most famous festival. As ever, there are new films from world-renowned filmmakers (Terry Gilliam, Lars von Trier, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Asghar Farhadi, Jean-Luc Godard and others), but the organisers have also clearly made an effort to include less familiar names among the 21 filmmakers vying to win the Palme d'Or, the festival's top award. Still a necessary talking-point, though, is the lack of women (just three) among those 21 contenders.

This year, the jury to award the festival's big prize, the Palme d'Or, is headed by Cate Blanchett.

Here's the full list of films screening at Cannes 2018 in contention for the Palme d’Or, updated with Time Out reviews as soon as we've seen them. 

The 2018 Palme d’Or contenders

At War

Vincent Lindon stars as a worker fighting against the closure of his factory in the latest film from French writer-director Stéphane Brizé. 

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The Wild Pear Tree

Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan ('Once Upon a Time in Anatolia', 'Winter Sleep') returns to familiar themes with this story of an aspiring writer who returns to his village with the aim of realising his ambition but who finds his father's debts becoming an obstacle.

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Review: Happy As Lazzaro

5 out of 5 stars

Following on from her 2014 Cannes Grand Prix winner ‘The Wonder’, Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher returns with a transcendent time-twisting fable.

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'Gomorrah' director Matteo Garrone presents this 'urban western' which is set in an Italian suburb and tells of a dog groomer in a dangerous relationship with a local criminal.

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Asako I & II

This Japanese story tells of a woman, Asako, who first love disappears. A year later, his double enters her life.

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