A star-studded line-up of actors and directors have been
announced to appear at Cannes, the world’s most prestigious film festival,
promising a mix of Cannes regulars and major surprises.
Hollywood actors-turned-directors Sean Penn and Jodie Foster
will be premiering their latest films, while legendary director Steven
Spielberg will also be showing his much-awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The
BFG at the film extravaganza.
Other anticipated films to come from Hollywood featuring at
the festival include American Honey, a film about the macho culture of a sales
team, starring Shia LaBoeuf, as well as films featuring Kristen Stewart, Keanu
Reeves, Ryan Gosling and Star Wars’ Adam Driver. Total Recall director Paul
Verhoeven will also return to the main competition for the first time since
1992 with his new film Elle.
Female directors have their best showing for five years in
the main competition this year, making up three of the 20 directors competing
for this year’s Palme d’Or. In total, across the main competition and the “Un
Certain Regard” sidebar, 28 countries around the world will also be represented
There has also been some controversy this year stemming from
the choice to include the film Julieta, the new release by Pedro Almodovar,
despite him being named in the recent Panama Papers leak. In addition, festival
chief Thierry Fremaux hinted that a Panamanian film with “a story which is very
much in tune with the news” could also be featured last-minute.
One mainstay which will not feature at the festival this
year is the closing night film, a slot once filled by classics such as ET and
Thelma and Louise. Instead, Cannes will be brought to a close by a re-screening
of the winner of the Palme d’Or.
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