The Lobster – In Competition
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw all star in Yorgos Lanthimos fifth feature film. Besides the impressive cast, the film can also boast one of the most original premises. If you think being single is hard, think again. In this dystopian near future, Farrell and Weisz have 45 days to find a partner, or they’ll be transformed into animals and released in the woods. Fun fact: It’s a mini Bond reunion! Seydoux and Whishaw both star in the upcoming SPECTRE, and Weisz is married to 007 himself.
Mia Madre (My Mother) – In Competition
Nani Moretti, another Cannes favourite, wrote, directed and starred in Mia Madre. The Italian film, based on Moretti‘s life, follows Margherita (Margherita Buy), a director who has to deal with the loss of her mother and the adolescence of her daughter, while helming a movie with an American star (John Torturro).
Saul Fia (Son of Saul) – IN COMPETITION
The Hungarian Laszlo Nems is the only first time filmmaker in this year’s line-up. The festival tends to reward people they’ve previously rewarded, making it hard for new talent to get some recognition. Nems was able to break through with Saul Fia, a Holocaust story about an Auschwitz prisoner who saves a young boy from the flames.
Youth (La Giovinezza) – In Competition
Paolo Sorrentino‘s last film was La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), nominated for a Palme d’Or, and rewarded with a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award. No pressure. Youth is an English language film, with Hollywood stars such as Rachel Weisz, Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda.
Caine and Keitel are Fred and Mick, two old friends who spend a vacation at a resort in the Alps. The film promises to be an examination of art (Fred and Mick are a composer and a film director respectively) and life. It might even have a chance of sneaking into Best Picture at next year’s Oscars. This is Sorrentino‘s sixth Palme D’Or nomination in eleven years.