The 2017 Cannes official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, red-carpet star power, and the rarest breed — a handful of players who could return to North America as Oscar contenders.
Nicole Kidman will be stuffing her trunks with evening gowns, as she will need to walk the Palais steps at least four times: twice with Colin Farrell, for Cannes favorite Sofia Coppola‘s Civil War potboiler “The Beguiled” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (in competition), and again for John Cameron Mitchell‘s midnighter “How to Talk with Girls at Parties” and a preview of Jane Campion‘s returning Sundance Channel series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”
Isabelle Huppert won the Cesar and was close — we think — to winning the Oscar for “Elle.” She’s back in two movies, “Happy End” (Sony Pictures Classics) by Michael Haneke, rejoining “Amour” co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Hong Sang-soo’s “Claire’s Camera.”
Tilda Swinton stars in one of two Netflix originals in competition, Bong joon-ho’s “Okja,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. While Swinton has won once (Michael Clayton”), and Gyllenhaal was nominated once (“Brokeback Mountain), the question is whether the film will play in theaters.
Emma Thompson stars in the other Netflix entry, Noah Baumbach‘s “Meyerowitz Stories,” which may have made the cut partly due to its starry ensemble: Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Adam Sandler among them. Is Sandler Cannes material? Yes, he showed up on the red carpet for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 “Punch-Drunk Love.” But if the movie never plays in theaters, it won’t be Oscar eligible.
The third Netflix movie, David Michod’s “War Machine,” wasn’t submitted to Cannes at all. Why? Word is, star Brad Pitt didn’t want to do the red carpet.
Marion Cotillard stars in Arnaud Desplechin’s return to the Competition with “Ismael’s Ghosts,” co-starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. She’s been Oscar-nominated twice (“Two Days, One Night”), won once (“La Vie en Rose”), and could do so again.
Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore, both Oscar perennials, star in Todd Haynes‘ “Wonderstruck,” which covers two stories in two time frames, one black and white, and one in color. “Carol” earned six nominations, and won zero. Moore has won once (“Still Alice”), and Williams is due for a win after four nods.
Joaquin Phoenix may or may not be counted on to show up for Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here” (Amazon Studios), in which he plays a war veteran trying to save a young girl from sex traffickers. He has been nominated three times.
Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen will turn up with Sundance Un Certain Regard title “Wind River,” the directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan, whose “Hell or High Water” played Cannes last year. Weinstein is releasing this summer, but this does not look like a likely awards player.
Vanessa Redgrave returns after “Howards End” last year to introduce her directorial debut, refugee drama “Sea Sorrow,” starring Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes and shot in France, Greece, Italy, and Lebanon. She produced along with her son, Carlo Nero. Nominated six times, she won in supporting for “Julia.”
Al Gore will surely not miss an opportunity to pursue his climate change agenda with Paramount’s “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which is just about the only Hollywood studio release in the official selection. Ten years ago, the first documentary won the Oscar.
Berenice Bejo (nominated for Oscar-winner “The Artist”) rejoins her husband Michel Hazanavicius for his Jean-Luc Godard biopic “Redoubtable,” co-starring Louis Garrel as the young New Wave director and Stacy Martin as his wife Anne Wiazemsky.
David Lynch returns, as Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux had long hoped, not with a film in Competition but with rebooted TV series “Twin Peaks.” The May 21 airdate was too perfect. An Emmy contender, perhaps?
Always ubiquitous at Cannes, this year Wild Bunch boasts seven entries, including opener “Ismael’s Ghosts,” which Magnolia Films will release stateside. Stateside rising force, “Moonlight” distributor A24, has four (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Good Time” and midnight entries “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and “Prayer Before Dawn”), Cohen Media two ( Jacques Doillon’s “Rodin” and Agnes Varda’s documentary “Faces, Villages”), and with one apiece (for the moment) are Sony Pictures Classics (“Happy End”) and Weinstein Co. (“Wind River”).
Full lineup so far below, with Critics’ Week and Quinzaine still to come.
Opening Night Film
“Ismael’s Ghost” directed by Arnaud Desplechin
“The Day After” directed by Hong Sangsoo
“Loveless” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
“Good Time” directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
“You Were Never Really Here” directed by Lynne Ramsay
“Jupiter’s Moon” directed by Kornél Mandruczo
“L’amant Double” directed by François Ozon
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
“A Gentle Creature” directed by Sergei Loznitsa
“Radiance” directed by Naomi Kawase
“Wonderstruck” directed by Todd Haynes
“Happy End” directed by Michael Haneke
“In the Fade” directed by Fatih Akin
“Rodin” directed by Jacques Doillon
“The Beguiled” directed by Sofia Coppola
“Le Redoutable” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“Okja” directed by Bong Joon-ho
“120 Battements Par Minute” directed by Robin Campillo
“The Meyerowitz Stories” directed by Noah Baumbach
Un Certain Regard
“April’s Daughter” directed by Michel Franco
“Lucky” directed by Sergio Castellitto
“Jeune Femme” directed by Léonor Serraille
“Western” directed by Valeska Grisebach
“Wind River” directed by Taylor Sheridan
“Directions” directed by Stephan Komandarev
“After the War” directed by Annarita Zambrano
“Dregs” directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
“Out” by György Kristóf
“The Nature of Time” directed by Karim Moussaoui
“Before We Vanish” directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi
“L’atelier” by Laurent Cantet
“Beauty and the Dogs” by Kaouther Ben Hania
“Barbara” directed by Mathieu Amalric
“Closeness” directed by Kantemir Balagov
“The Desert Bride” directed by Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato
Out of Competition
“Blade of the Immortal” directed by by Takashi Miike
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” directed by John Cameron Mitchell
“Visages, Villages” directed by Agnès Varda
“12 Jours” directed by Raymond Depardon
“They” directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
“An Inconvenient Sequel” directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” directed by Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
“Promised Land” directed by Eugene Jarecki
“24 Frames” directed by Abbas Kiarostami
“Napalm” directed by Claude Lanzmann
“Come Swim” directed by Kristen Stewart
“Demons in Paradise” directed by Jude Ratman
“Sea Sorrow” directed by Vanessa Redgrave
“Clair’s Camera” directed by Hong Sangsoo
“Twin Peaks” directed by David Lynch
“The Villainess” directed by Jung Byung Gil
“The Merciless” directed by Byun Sung-Hyun
“Prayer Before Dawn” directed by Jean Stephane Sauvaire