The Cannes Film Festival is indisputably the most renowned of the international film festivals. Controversy, observations on the state of the film industry, and fashion all play a role in this pop-cum-esoteric gathering for two weeks in the French seaside city of Cannes. Directors, producers, and critics vie to attend the festival and mere attendance is a true honor. While we are not able to attend the festival this year, we’re hoping that this guide to the Festival provides readers with insights into the films, figures, and trends relevant to this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
To present profiles of a number of the films at Cannes, we synthesize information from the press conference along with the synopsis of the film, material in the film’s press kit, actors’ photocall and red carpet appearances, and the overall critical reception. Each page of this article corresponds to a day of the Festival. We include a table of contents below, as well as noting the films that premiered during that day, for your convenience. The final page of the article includes closing notes on the festival as well as a list of the In Competition prize winners.
Page 2– May 17th (Ismael’s Ghosts)
Page 3– May 18th (Wonderstruck, Loveless, Blade of the Immortal)
Page 4– May 19th (Okja, Jupiter’s Moon)
Page 5– May 20th (120 Beats Per Minute, The Square)
Page 6– May 21st (The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Redoubtable)
Page 7– May 22nd (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Happy End, The Day After)
Page 8– May 23rd (Radiance)
Page 9– May 24th (The Beguiled, Rodin)
Page 10– May 25th (Good Time, A Gentle Creature)
Page 11– May 26th (In the Fade, L’amant double)
Page 12– May 27th (Based on a True Story, You Were Never Really Here)
Page 13– Closing notes and list of In Competition prize winners