Cannes Film Festival Round-up: What to see?

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The Cannes Film Festival is over for another year, so to say farewell, here is my rundown of films that I want to see immediately thanks to the buzz they received in France. Some have secured cinema distribution deals so us mortals who weren’t lucky enough to be in Cannes will be able to see them within the next year (which is still far too long away!)

Here are my picks:

Carol 

This drama, based on Patricica Highsmith’s novel about a 1950s lesbian romance, won rave reviews and people are already talking Oscar buzz about Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara‘s performances – and Rooney was also given the Palme D’Or for Best Actress (which she had to share). I’m so intrigued by this – you don’t see leading Hollywood stars do lesbian roles that often and I’m a huge fan of Blanchett and Mara already. It is already set for a limited release in the U.S. in December and most likely elsewhere will have to wait until 2016. Boo!

The Lobster 

This won the Jury Prize at the closing ceremony tonight and I am in awe of how original the concept is. Basically, Colin Farrell‘s character lives in a dystopian world where people are given 45 days to find a mate in a hotel setting or they are transformed into animals. Isn’t that the most bonkers yet inspired plot you have ever heard?! A U.K. release date of October has been scheduled.

 

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Macbeth 

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard take on one of William Shakespeare most intense and dramatic plays – sign me up! These two are so talented and I just have to see how they take to Shakespearan dialogue – especially French lady Marion, who takes on a Scottish accent. It will be released in the U.K. in October and the rights have been acquired for American release too.

Sicario 

I love Emily Blunt so naturally I’m up for watching her play a kick-ass FBI agent who crosses the border into Mexico on a secret mission to track down a drug lord. It has a pretty sweet supporting cast in the form of Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro and Jon Bernthal (from The Walking Dead). It will be released on both sides of the pond in September.

 

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Irrational Man 

This is the first film on my list showing out of competition. This is Woody Allen‘s latest venture and although Magic in the Moonlight didn’t float my boat, this tale of an age-gap relationship between college professor (Joaquin Phoenix) and student (Emma Stone) intrigues me. It is an odd pairing, but it may work. This will be released in America in July, no U.K. date set so far.

Amy 

This documentary has been surrounded by buzz since it showed out of competition last week. We all think we know the story of Amy Winehouse‘s downfall – but do we really? I have read a ton of reviews on this and everybody gave it four or five stars with resounding approval, so hell yes I will watch this. It will be heartbreaking and informative in one hit. This is set for U.S. and U.K. cinemas in July.

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