Cannes 2015: The 7 Films We Most Want To See

Never mind the Palme d’Or, these are the films that will be winning our hard-earned cinema cash

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Another year, another chance for world cinema's brightest and best to descend on the French Riviera for a giant piss up celebration of all that’s good and great about film.

Opening today and running until the 25 May, the 68th annual Film Festival will no doubt continue the trend of setting cinemagoers’ tastes for the next twelve months, especially considering that this year Joel and Ethan Coen are serving as the men with the power to award the festival's prestigious top prize, the Palme d’Or.

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As with every year, there’ll be controversies (Lars von Trier declaring ‘Ok, I’m a Nazi’ in 2011 comes to mind) substantial rejections (Brokeback Mountain didn't make the cut in 2005 but went on to win the Venice Film Festival) and Hollywood stars drinking their bodyweight in champagne on private yachts (our money’s on Fassbender as this year's stand-out).

To give you a head start, we've rounded up the seven films we're most looking forward to, from hard-hitting prisoner of war sagas to your latest look at Colin Farrell's moustache

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1 | The Sea Of Trees (dir. Gus Van Sant)

Or ‘The McConaissance: Part 2)

After taking a break from having articles written about how he’s got good again, the artist formerly known as ‘Muscles’ McConaughey looks set to return to the fray in Gus Van Sant’s latest Palme D’or contendor, The Sea Of Trees. Named after the Japanese ‘suicide forest’ Aokigahara, located at the base of Mount Fuji, the film stars McConaughey as a down and out American venturing into the forest to end it all, as many have done before him (an astonishing 57 people in 2010). There he meets Ken Watanabe who’s also travelled to the forest with the aim of taking his own life.

Thankfully, both men have second thoughts and a dark journey is turned into one of self discovery and survival. Naturally.

2 | The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

Or ‘The film where Colin Farrell does a Joaquin Phoneix

The English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (whom you should know from his Academy Award nominated film Dogtooth) presents a vision of the future where single people are locked up in a hotel and forced to find a life-long mate within 45 days. Unfortunately, if they fail to do so they’re transformed into an animal and released into the woods. Farrell and Rachel Weisz are the two leads defying the system by actually finding love, while Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly fill in the gaps.


3 | Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

Or ‘The new film from the guy who's making Blade Runner 2

After making his name with Icendies and Prisoners, Canadian director Villeneuve is back with Sicario, a thriller following US agents Josh Brolin and Esquire favourite Emily Blunt fighting drug cartels on the US/Mexico border. With Benecio del Toro also on board as a mercenary hired to take out the drug kingpin, this all sounds just a bit 'Cormac McCarthy'. Fingers crossed it’s more No Country For Old Men than The Counselor


4 | Son Of Saul (dir. László Nemes)

Or ‘The heavy hitter’

The first feature film effort from Hungarian director László Nemes, Son Of Saul looks set to be incredibly bleak viewing. The plot revolves around a Jewish prisoner in charge of the crematorium at Auschwitz. Finding the body of a child that reminds him of his dead son, he goes against the rules to give the boy a traditional Jewish burial. Meanwhile the prisoners are planning a revolt, and not the type involving Steve McQueen on a motorbike.


5 | Youth (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)

Or ‘The one where Harry Palmer and Mr Wolf go on holiday’

If you’ve aware of Michael Winterbottom’s excellent series The Trip, you’ll know Rob Brydon has a particular theory about just why Michael Caine’s voice has changed so dramatically through the years (hint: it’s the cigars and the brandy).

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino takes the idea of aging stars to its logical conclusion in Youth, casting Caine as a successful but retired composer, on holiday with his equally famous friend Harvey Keitel, playing a director shooting his final film. With Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano also on board, this might just be one to have the tissues ready for.


6 | Macbeth (dir. Justin Kurzel)

Or ‘the one where Fassbender gets the crown he deserves’

There’s not much you really need to know here, other than Michael Fassbender is following in the footsteps of Orson Welles, playing Macbeth in what promises to a bloody, atmospheric adaptation of the Scottish play. Paddy Considine and David Thewlis are also on board, with all actors rumoured to be attempting a Scottish brogue, apart from Lady Macbeth herself, Mairion Cotillard who’s ironically ‘doing a Sean Connery’ and sticking to her native French accent. All in all, it should be a damn sight more exciting than those GCSE English classes.


7 | Dheepan (dir. Jacques Audiard)

Or ‘This year’ s bleak foreign crime epic’

After his 2012 effort Rust And Bone competed for the Palme d’Or and 2009’s A Prophet won the Grand Prix prize, French director Jacques Audiard is somewhat of a festival staple. His new film Dheepan (quite possibly about to undergo a title re-think) focuses on a freedom fighter from Sri Lanka carving out a new life in the violent outskirts of Paris. Thirty years after La Haine explored the grittier side of the French suburbs, it seems being down and out in Paris is still as problematic as ever.


Any we've missed?


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