No Indian movie has made it to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. At least, there was none to be found in the list of official selections announced on Thursday at a press conference in Paris by the festival chief Thierry Fremaux and the festival president Pierre Lescure.
Forty-nine movies have been included in the list in various sections like Competition, Out of Competition, A Certain Regard and Special Screenings.
The festival will open on May 11 with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, a drama set in the cafe culture of America in the 1930s. Jeff Nichols’ inner-racial romance Loving will be part of Competition, along with along with Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaid, Sean Penn’s latest, The Last Face, and Daniel Blake, from the British veteran, Ken Loach, who has given us gems like The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Angel’s Share and Jimmy’s Hall.
Some of the other Competition titles are Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, a feature made for Amazon, Family Photos from Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (who gave that brilliant 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Sieranevada from fellow Romanian director Cristi Puiu, Paul Verhoven’s Elle and two works from The Philippines : Aquarius from Kleber Mendonça Filho and Ma Rosa from Brillante Mendoza.
Also in Competition for the top Palm d’Or will be Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, starring Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard, and Jim Jarmusch, another Cannes regular, returns with his latest, Paterson, featuring Adam Driver.
Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, The Unknown Girl from Belgium’s Dardenne Brothers and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper will also be vying for the Golden Palm as too Slack Bay from French director Bruno Dumond, Staying Vertical from Alain Guiraudie and Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon (the first German title in Competition in many years).
For the first ever time in the history of Cannes, the top Palm d’Or winner will close the festival on May 22, and Fremaux called this an “experiment”.
In Out of Competition, we will have Stephen Spielberg’s The BFG, featuring Mark Rylance as the voice of the titular Big Friendly Giant, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer and the Korean thriller Goksung from director Na Hong-Jin.
The Cannes festival’s A Certain Regard will consist of the Iranian drama Inversion, The Dancer from French auteur Stephanie Di Giusto starring Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily Rose Melody Depp and Hirokazu Koreeda’s After the Storm, and the Argentine work The Long Night from director Francisco Marquez, among many others.
Here is the full list -- which may see a few additions in the coming days.
Cafe Society by veteran US director Woody Allen is a Hollywood-set romance starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
1. The Last Face by American actor-director Sean Penn is a romance set in Africa among aid workers starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.
2. Julieta by Spain’s acclaimed Pedro Almodovar about a mother’s search for her daughter who disappears for a decade.
3. Loving by the American Jeff Nichols tells the story of a mixed race couple confronting racism in 1950s Virginia.
4. It’s Only the End of the World by the French Canadian Xavier Dolan is a family drama with Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.
5. Paterson by the American director Jim Jarmusch with Adam Driver playing a bus driver poet in the New Jersey city of the same name.
6. Toni Erdmann, the much-anticipated new film from German director and producer Maren Ade, whose Everyone Else won the Jury Grand Prix at Berlin in 2009.
7. Aquarius by Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho. The title refers to the name of the building where the main character leads a solitary existence.
8. I, Daniel Blake by the British director and Cannes favourite Ken Loach is about welfare cuts hurting vulnerable families.
9. American Honey by the British maker of Fish Tank Andrea Arnold stars Shia LaBeouf as a young man who joins a sales team only to find himself drawn into a culture of bullying and abuse.
10. Personal Shopper by France’s Olivier Assayas is a ghost story set in the world of Parisian fashion, with Twilight superstar Kristen Stewart, who will be making her second Cannes appearance in an Assayas movie after Sils Maria in 2014.
11. Handmaid by South Korean director Park Chan-Wook best known for Old Boy is period drama about a rich woman and a crook set in the 1930s.
12. Slack Bay (Ma Loute) by French director Bruno Dumont stars Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, the sister of former French first lady, Carla Bruni.
13. Graduation, originally titled Family Photos, a family drama by Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian director of harrowing abortion drama Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days, which won the Palme d’Or in 2007.
14. La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, who have already won the top prize twice.
15. Elle by Dutch director Paul Showgirls Verhoeven is his return to the arthouse fold with French actress Isabelle Huppert as a businesswoman attacked in her home.
16. Sieranevada by the Romanian director Cristi Puiu who is best known for 2005 film The Death of Dante Lazarescu.
17. The Neon Demon by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, a supermodel horror set in the Los Angeles fashion and celebrity scene.
18. Mal de pierres (Stone sickness) by the French director Nicole Garcia is set after World War II, and stars Marion Cotillard as a woman caught in an unhappy marriage who falls in love with another man.
19. Ma Rosa is the latest offering from Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, whose Kinatay was in competition at Cannes in 2009.
20. Rester Vertical (Stay Upright) is by French director Alain Guiraudie, whose Stranger by the Lake was rewarded in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes in 2013.
Out Of Competition
1. The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) by the Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, adapted from Roald Dahl’s children’s classic.
2. Money Monster by the American actor-director Jodie Foster with George Clooney as a Wall Street pundit taken hostage by man destroyed by his dud tips.
3. The Nice Guys by US director Shane Black is a thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe about the apparent suicide of a fading porn star.
4. Goksung, (The Wailing) by South Korea’s Na Hong-Jin sees a detective investigate a mysterious sickness in a village.
A Certain Regard
1. Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)
2. Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)
3. Voir Du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)
4. La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)
5. Eshtebak (Mohamed Diab)
6. La Tortue Rouge (Michael Dudok De Wit)
7. Fuchi Ni Tatsu (Fukada Kôji)
8. Omor Shakhsiya (Maha Haj)
9. Me’ever Laharim Vehagvaot (Eran Kolirin)
10. After The Storm (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
11. Hymyilevä Mies (Juho Kuosmanen)
12. La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa)
13. Caini (Bogdan Mirica)
14. Pericle Il Nero (Stefano Mordini)
15. The Transfiguration (Michael O’shea)
16. Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross)
17. Uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov)
1. Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch)
2. Bu-San-Haeng (Yeon Sang-Ho)
1. L’Ultima Spiaggia (Thanos Anastopoulos & Davide Del Degan)
2. Hissein Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
3. La Mort De Louis XIV (Albert Serra)
4. Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali)
(With agency inputs)
(Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered the Cannes Film Festival for 26 years.)