10 Films At Cannes That You Should Care About
"Foxcatcher" by Bennett Miller (U.S.) // What it’s about: Miller was the director of Moneyball and he’s back with a murderous story about Mark and Dave Shultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), two former Olympic wrestling brothers who have a run-in with an eccentric heir of the du Pont fortune, played by Steve Carell.
Why You Should Care: Because it features Steve Carell playing an eccentric billionaire.
“The Rover" by Australian writer-director David Michod // This film is out of the competition, but still it’s a gritty post-apocaylptic story staring Guy Pierce as a guy who’s lost all his possessions except his car. Once that’s stolen too, he enlists Robert Pattinson’s help to get it back.
Why Should You care: Because this one might actually be entertaining (and not just artsy).
“Lost River" by Ryan Gosling (U.S.) // Gosling steps into the director’s chair for a modern fairytale set in Detroit. The film stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes.
Why You Should Care: Because Eva Mendes is hot. Also, don’t you want to see if Gosling is going to add “directing movies” to the long list of things that he does better than most humans?
“The Homesman" by Tommy Lee Jones (U.S.) // Oscar-winning actor and critically acclaimed director, Tommy Lee Jones tells the story of pioneers in the American West. It stars himself and an ensemble cast of Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader and more.
Why You Should Care: Because Tommy Lee Jones makes bad ass movies. Period.
"Saint Laurent" by Bertrand Bonello (France) // A Yves Saint Laurent biopic.
Why Should You Care: Because Yves Saint Laurent was a supremely interesting dude. And if you’re going to lust after the clothing his fashion house makes, you should probably know something about him.
“Captives" by Atom Egoyan (Canada) // The film is about a family’s desperate search for their daughter who’s vanished into thin air. Think "Prisoners", that Hugh Jackman X Jake Gyllenhaal thriller. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman.
Why You Should Care: Because you get to make fun of Ryan Reynolds after you watch it.
“Two Days, One Night" by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (France) // Marion Cotillard plays a Belgian woman who needs to convince her coworkers to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Why Should You Care: Because Marion Cotillard is hot.
"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" by Ned Benson (U.S.) // This is a two-part film, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, which tells the same love story twice, from two different perspectives.
Why You should care: Because you’ll probably have to go see this with your girlfriend.
“Maps to the Stars" by David Cronenberg (Canada) // This is a satire of Hollywood staring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird.
Why you should care: the trailer was NSFW #JulianneMooreThreesomes
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” // Yup, the festival ends with a screening of the highly anticipated sequel to that 2010 flick about a kid named Hiccup and a dragon named Toothless.
Why You Should Care: Because if you can get over trying to look cool for one second, you might actually really enjoy this film. Come on: dragons, vikings, Jay Baruchel awkwardness. Hilarious.
Today, the orgy of film premieres and glitzy industry parties that is The Cannes Film Festival descends once again on the French Riviera. And though you’re probably not going to be there to see the films (much less the bevy of posh models hanging off arms of Turkish billionaires), there’s at least a few films playing over the course of the 11-day event that you should have on your radar.
Why’s that? Well, because some of them will actually be good movies, worth seeing once they hit American theaters and/or iTunes. Knowing about the critically acclaimed films at Cannes will be a useful addition to your arsenal of icebreakers when hitting on young ladies at bars (“Hello miss, have you seen XYZ? I heard it had the critics at Cannes buzzing”). And some will be contenders come award season, like previous Cannes top performers such as Blue Is The Warmest Color, The Tree Of Life, Fahrenheit 9/11, and that one movie about old people falling in love or something … Amour.
Either way, click through the gallery above to see the 10 films at Cannes that you should care about.
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