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CANNES 2018

The Croisette in the crosshairs

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- Favourites, outsiders, likely bets and possible candidates: here are a few leads to help navigate the swarm of potential hopefuls for the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May)

The Croisette in the crosshairs
l-r: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Paolo Sorrentino, Mike Leigh, Asghar Farhadi, László Nemes, Jacques Audiard, Olivier Assayas, Alice Rohrwacher and Mia Hansen-Løve

As the 68th Berlin Film Festival enters the home stretch, the global film industry’s professionals are now starting to turn their attention towards an event that can be considered the heavyweight champion of the international seventh art: the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May). As always, theories have started swirling concerning the selection that will be unveiled in April by General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, but we can already say that on paper, the 2018 edition looks to be utterly breathtaking, making the hunt for this year’s Palme d'Or (which will be handed out by a jury chaired by Australian actress Cate Blanchett – see the news) all the more exciting.

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Standing out among the most eagerly awaited titles are The Wild Pear Tree [+see also:
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 by Turkey’s Nuri Bilge CeylanLoro [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Paolo SorrentinoPeterloo [+see also:
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 by British director Mike LeighEverybody Knows [+see also:
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 by Iran’s Asghar FarhadiThe Death and Life of John F. Donovan by Canada’s Xavier DolanAsh Is Purest White [+see also:
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 by China’s Jia ZhangkeSunset [+see also:
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interview: László Nemes
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 by Hungary’s László NemesThe Favourite [+see also:
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 by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos, Donbass [+see also:
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
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 by Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa (principal photography for which has now wrapped), Our Time [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Reygadas
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 by Mexico’s Carlos ReygadasThe Sisters Brothers [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
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 by France’s Jacques AudiardNon Fiction [+see also:
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 by his fellow countryman Olivier Assayas, Burning by South Korea’s Lee Chang DongVision [+see also:
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 by Japan’s Naomi Kawase and Shoplifters by her compatriot Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The top-drawer Italian contenders are particularly notable this year on account of the sheer number of them, as they also include Lazzaro Felice [+see also:
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 by Alice Rohrwacher (which is still shooting over the rest of the winter), Dogman [+see also:
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 by Matteo Garrone and Suspiria [+see also:
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 by Luca Guadagnino.

We also hope to see Roma by Mexico’s Alfonso CuarónWidows [+see also:
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 by British director Steve McQueen (even though the previously announced November release date leaves little room for hope), Cold War [+see also:
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 by Poland’s Pawel PawlikowskiThe Image Book [+see also:
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 by Switzerland’s Jean-Luc Godard and Radegund by US filmmaker Terrence Malick at Cannes.

The outsiders include La Quietud [+see also:
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 by Argentina’s Pablo TraperoSynonyms by Israel’s Nadav LapidThe Little Stranger [+see also:
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 by Ireland’s Lenny Abrahamson, Roads by Germany’s Sebastian SchipperBirds of Passage [+see also:
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 by Colombian duo Ciro Guerra and Cristina GallegoEvil Games by Austria’s Ulrich Seidl, and potentially Sisters by Turkey’s Emin Alper (the shoot for which wrapped on 1 February).

As for the Asian hopefuls, we could also mention such films as Long Day’s Journey into Night [+see also:
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 by China’s Bi GanDi Jiu Tian Chang by his fellow countryman Wang Xiaoshuai and The Man from the Sea [+see also:
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 by Japan’s Koji Fukada, not to mention another as-yet untitled Chinese feature by Lou Ye.

For various reasons unrelated to the festival itself, we might be forgiven for wondering whether the Cannes team will feel like delving into the realms of possible controversy with The House That Jack Built [+see also:
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 by Denmark’s Lars von Trier and the next part of Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno [+see also:
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 by Abdellatif Kechiche, two filmmakers whose artistry is nonetheless easily up to the huge demands of the competition.

European cinema may also be pinning its hopes on Quién te cantará [+see also:
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 by Spaniard Carlos Vermut and Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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 by his fellow countryman Jaime RosalesI Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians [+see also:
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 by Romania’s Radu Jude and Alice T. [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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by his compatriot Radu Muntean, Keep Going [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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 by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse and Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
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 by his fellow countryman Olivier Masset-DepasseThe Souvenir: Part 1 by British director Joanna HoggAngelo [+see also:
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interview: Markus Schleinzer
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 by Austria’s Markus SchleinzerGoliath by Sweden’s Peter Grönlund, Winter Flies [+see also:
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interview: Olmo Omerzu
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 by Slovenia’s Olmo OmerzuWoman at War [+see also:
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 by Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson, Sister by Bulgaria’s Svetla Tsotsorkova, History of Love [+see also:
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interview: Sonja Prosenc
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 by Slovenia’s Sonja Prosenc, and the Russian films Jumpman [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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 by Ivan TverdovskySummer [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Stewart
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 by Kirill Serebrennikov and The Factory [+see also:
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 by Yuri Bykov. And as for the rest of the world (the list is obviously lengthy), we could put forward such titles as Domingo [+see also:
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interview: Clara Linhart, Fellipe Barb…
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 by Brazilian duo Fellipe Barbosa and Clara LinhartWho Killed Lady Winsley? by Iraqi-Kurdish director Hiner SaleemMonos by Colombian-Ecuadorean filmmaker Alejandro Landes and Tremors by Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante.

On the French side, besides Audiard and Assayas, the titles generating the biggest buzz are One Nation, One King [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Schoeller
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 by Pierre SchoellerHigh Life [+see also:
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interview: Claire Denis
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 by Claire DenisMaya [+see also:
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 by Mia Hansen-LøveAt War [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Brizé
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 by Stéphane BrizéAmin [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
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 by Philippe Faucon and The Summer House [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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 by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Serious overcrowding is to be expected, though, as mention should also be made of the film version of Coincoin and the Extra Humans [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont, Close Enemies [+see also:
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interview: David Oelhoffen
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 by David OelhoffenOur Wonderful Lives by Fabienne GodetTo the Ends of the Earth [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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 by Guillaume NiclouxGirls of the Sun [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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 by Eva Husson, Paul Sanchez Is Back! [+see also:
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 by Patricia MazuyMademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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by Emmanuel Mouret, Claire Darling by Julie BertuccelliAn Impossible Love [+see also:
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 by Catherine CorsiniI Feel Good [+see also:
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 by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, and Sorry Angel [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré. And that’s not to mention Knife + Heart [+see also:
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interview: Yann Gonzalez
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 by Yann Gonzalez, Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
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by Mikhaël Hers, Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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 by Quentin DupieuxSavage by Vincent MarietteMister Freeze [+see also:
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interview: Romain Gavras
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 by Romain Gavras and Real Love [+see also:
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interview: Claire Burger
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 by Claire Burger.

As for feature debuts, we should highlight My Favourite Fabric [+see also:
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 by Syria’s Gaya JijiPassed by Censor by Turkey’s Serhat KaraaslanGirl [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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 by Belgium’s Lukas DhontOutside by the Czech Republic’s Michal HogenauerThou Shalt Not Kill [+see also:
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 by Romanian duo Gabi Virgina Sarga and Catalin RotaruBy a Sharp Knife by Slovakia’s Teodor Kuhn, and the French titles Jessica Forever [+see also:
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 by Jonathan Vinet and Caroline PoggiUne jeunesse dorée by Eva IonescoHead Above Water by Margaux Bonhomme, Breath of Life [+see also:
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 by David Roux and Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
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interview: Marie Monge
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 by Marie Monge.

The animated genre could also be taking aim at the Croisette, with Dilili in Paris [+see also:
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 by France’s Michel OcelotFunan [+see also:
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 by his fellow countryman Denis DoAnother Day of Life [+see also:
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interview: Raul de la Fuente
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 by Mexican-Polish duo Raúl de La Fuente and Damian Nenow, and The Tower [+see also:
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interview: Mats Grorud
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 by Norway’s Mats Grorud.

Lastly, among the star attractions out of competition, Solo: A Star Wars Story by Ron HowardOcean’s 8 by Gary RossSicario 2: Soldado [+see also:
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 by Stefano Sollima and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+see also:
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 by Terry Gilliam would seem to be the ideal candidates.

Tune in again in the spring to discover the identities of the lucky Cannes-selected titles.

(Translated from French)

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