10 of the films people are most excited about at Cannes – ANITH
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10 of the films people are most excited about at Cannes

10 of the films people are most excited about at Cannes

Now that the 70th Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, we thought it’d be a good time to pause and take stock.

During the festival’s opening weekend, Mashable spoke to festival-goers in the Palais and along La Croisette to find out which films people are most excited about.  

From Netflix’s dark coming-of-age fantasy Okja to the Kristen Stewart’s new short film Come Swim, here are some of the responses we received…

Alicia Malone, 35, film critic and reporter

Most excited about: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Why? I saw The Lobster here in Cannes, two years ago, and it blew my mind. I’d seen Dogtooth previously and I think he just has such a unique voice.

Noemia Nakia, 26, actress

Most excited about: Come Swim (Kiristen Stewart)

Why? I like her as an actress and I’d like to see what she can do as a director.

David Ehrlich, 32, senior film critic at IndieWire

Most excited about: The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)

Why? Sofia Coppola is my favourite working film-maker today. It’s been far too long since her last film.

Camille Coqueugniot, 24, actress

Most excited about: Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)

Why? I really liked it. I loved the fact they mixed different ages, and it’s also the first film I’ve seen in Cannes. So it’s kind of something. I like the fact also that it’s focussing on deaf people and that the young actress is actually deaf, I think it brings something more emotional and it’s giving more of a statement to the movie.

Michael Meyns, 43, film critic

Most excited about: Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius)

Why? I’m curious about the film from Michel Hazanavicius (the director of The Artist), who shot a biopic about Jean Luc-Godard and Anne Wiazemsky, who lived together in the early sixties for one year. And Louis Garrel is playing Jean Luc-Godard, so that should be quite an interesting film about an interesting part of French film history.

Rebecca Sharp, 24, edit assistant

Most excited about: 120 Best per Minute (Robin Campillo)

Why? I love films that are more controversial, and I’ve been meaning to see a French film in France for a while. I’m really excited to see what it’s like and what comes of it as well.

Johann Rucker, 21, film student

Most excited about: Okja (Bong Joon-ho)

Why? I’m really, really into Bong Joon-ho. I think he’s one of cinema’s most important voices. He’s very playful when it comes to genre and the way he utilises actors. I’m a very, very big fan of him — I have mixed thoughts about Netflix, but to see him get a platform that big is very, very cool and I think super important that his voice gets to be heard on that kind of level. I watched it; it messed me up. It’s really, really good. I’m not a big Spielberg fan but it’s very Spielberg-y, it’s very NeverEnding Story. I do think the third act deflates quite a bit but I thought it was an absolute blast.

Rowan Hall, 23, director/actor

Most excited about: Okja (Bong Joon-ho)

Why? I was most excited about Okja and I just saw it yesterday and it lived up to my expectations and exceeded them. I thought it was the perfect blend of social activism and a little bit of satire and a little bit of childish fun, almost.

Robbie Collin, 36, Telegraph film critic

Most excited about: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) and A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)

Why? I loved The Lobster and I heard [The Killing of a Sacred Deer] is quite a twitchy and uncomfortable experience, and in Cannes that kind of thing is always good — it gets people talking, it might get people booing or cheering, and it might make a lively screening, which is what I sort of look for. And also the new Sergei Loznitsa film A Gentle Creature, purely because I’m an enormous fan of his work. He’s very due, if not overdue, a Palme D’or, and everything I know about the new one just seems very promising and very encouraging.

Final thoughts

Although I was only at Cannes over the opening weekend and didn’t get to see too many films, I wanted to throw two of my own choices into the mix: Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (which I saw on Sunday morning and really, really enjoyed), and Michael Haneke’s Happy End (which I didn’t get to see, but judging from the reactions on Twitter it sounds like it’s been really well received). Haneke might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s a powerful film-maker who always delivers something interesting.

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