Festival Preview: Cannes 2015

Irrational Man – Out of Competition

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Woody Allen keeps refusing to enter the competition, but he won’t pass on a trip to La Croisette. Irrational Man stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. Plot details are scarce, as usual, but Phoenix will play a philosophy professor and Stone is probably one of his students. This is Allen‘s second back to back collaboration with Stone (Magic in the Moonlight), but for his next project he’s teaming up with Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively instead.

Inside Out – Out of Competition

Pixar’s Inside Out will have its world premiere at Cannes. The film is bound to make a lot of money, and gathering from all the promotional material, it also looks pretty good. Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen, the animated feature is voiced by Amy PoehlerDiane Lane and Mindy Kaling, to name a few. 

Mad Max: Fury Road – Out of Competition

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is premiering at the festival. Fury Road is George Miller‘s twisted reboot of the Mad Max series. The action flick stars Tom Hardy, who’s already signed up for three more movies, Charlize Theron, who shaved her head for the role of Furiosa and English actor Nicholas Hoult, who’s also tied up in the X-Men series.

A Tale of Love and Darkness – Special Screening

Natalie Portman in A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natalie Portman in A Tale of Love and Darkness

Last but not least, here’s Natalie Portman‘s feature length directorial debut. The film is not in competition for the Palme d’Or, or in the Un Certain Regard line-up.  Possibly to avoid it from being held to the same kind of scrutiny Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River was met with, last year. Besides directing, Portman also stars in the film, which is usually a hit or miss. But so far there’s no reason to believe Portman can’t pull it off.

That concludes my preview. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see any of these films until they hit the global market, but I’ll be looking forward to the reviews none the less. What are you most looking forward to? Which ones did I forget? Which Un Certain Regard nominations should I pay attention to?  Let me know in the comments!


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