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Five Films from Cannes 2017 We Can't Wait to See in Australia

Now showing in French Riviera cinemas between May 17 and 28, and hopefully coming soon to a screen near you.
By Sarah Ward
May 19, 2017
By Sarah Ward
May 19, 2017

It's that time again, film fans. Cannes time. The red carpet has been rolled out on the French Riviera, everyone from famed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar to famed fresh prince Will Smith are sitting on the jury, and one of the biggest film festivals of the world is officially underway.

That means one of two things between May 17 and 28: if you're actually there, lines, more lines, even more lines, star-spotting and seeing a heap of eagerly anticipated movies. If you're not, you're crossing your fingers and toes, and praying to whichever filmmaker you consider your own personal cinema deity, hoping that all of the flicks showing will make it to Australian screens sooner rather than later.

Some are already headed our way — thank the Sydney Film Festival for bringing us Happy End, Sofia Coppola's anticipated remake of The Beguiled, Okja, Wind River, Napalm, In the Fade and Sea Sorrow in June, for example. One, in the form of documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life, has already released in cinemas here. As for the rest, here's our wishlist of the movies we can't wait to see on our screens as soon as possible.


Whether you loved The Lobster or didn't, one thing is certain: the absurdist, dystopian look at romance and coupling isn't the kind of movie that the likes of Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly star in every day. Actually, scratch that for Farrell, as he's in director Yorgos Lanthimos' next effort too, and this time he has Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone for company. The Killing of a Sacred Deer tells of a charismatic surgeon, a teenage boy and sacrifices — and if that sounds mysterious, that's because most of Lanthimos' films do. Come for the cast. Come for the concept. Come for a director riding the Greek New Wave to make movies (and soon, TV shows) like no one else.


The last time Todd Haynes made a film, he directed a love story for the ages in the form of Carol. The last time one of Brian Selznick's books was adapted to the screen, the cinematic love letter that was Hugo was the end result. Combine the two, and you get Wonderstruck, a tale of two children longing for different lives that sounds like a match made in movie heaven. Pete's Dragon's Oakes Fegley and first-timer Millicent Simmonds play the kids, while the adult cast includes Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.


Did We Need to Talk About Kevin unnerve you? It has been six years since director Lynne Ramsay made everyone think twice about procreating, and now the Scottish filmmaker is back with something completely different, subject-wise, in You Were Never Really Here. Joining forces with acting powerhouse Joaquin Phoenix, the film dives into the weighty subject of sex trafficking. It's Ramsay's fourth feature, and also her fourth film to premiere at Cannes.


He has played a quidditch captain, a sparkly vampire, Salvador Dali, a snapper of James Dean and someone who might've played a hand in the fictionalised rise of fascism. Next up, Robert Pattinson turns bank robber in Good Time, and is forced to flee dangerous criminals on the streets of New York. RPatz isn't the only attraction though, with the film also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi, and marking the latest effort from brothers Benny and Josh Safdie. The latter were responsible for festival hit Heaven Knows What back in 2014.


It's safe to say that no filmmaker today works harder than Hong Sang-soo. In the past year, the South Korean director has premiered four — yep, four — new features, with Cannes boasting two. With that in mind, we're not cheating by including both in our list. We just can't separate them. Competing for the Palme d'Or, The Day After follows a woman starting work for a publishing company, while the Isabelle Huppert-starring Claire's Camera is set at Cannes itself. Expect amusing slices of life filled with plenty of booze, as is Hong's custom. And as for the other two flicks we mentioned, Yourself and Yours popped up at the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival last year, and On the Beach at Night Alone screened at the Berlinale.

Image: Honourable mention — The Beguiled.

Published on May 19, 2017 by Sarah Ward
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