The line-up for the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) was announced this morning – and it looks especially juicy for anyone who loves cinema in all its guises from all over the globe. Eighteen films will compete for the Palme d’Or, won last year by the brilliant ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’. Of those, two are British – veterans Mike Leigh and Ken Loach return to the Croisette with ‘Mr Turner’ and ‘Jimmy’s Hall’. The first is a biopic looking at the end of the life of the nineteenth-century painter JMW Turner (that’s Timothy Spall playing him above). The second is a tragic but rousing tale of a communist outlawed in 1930s Ireland.
The rest of the selection looks equally exciting. French cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard (‘Breathless’) – now 83 – will bring ‘Goodbye to Language 3D’ to the festival. There are three Canadian films – from David Cronenberg (‘Maps to the Stars’), Atom Egoyan (‘The Captive’) and 25-year-old filmmaking wünderkind Xavier Dolan (‘Mommy’). The Oscar-winning director of ‘The Artist’ follows that hit with ‘The Search’ – the story of a woman working for a NGO who befriends a Chechnyan child (what, no cute dog?).
If we were to put an early punt on a Palme d’Or winner – foolish as that might be – we’re especially excited by ‘Winter Sleep’ from the Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan (‘Uzak’, ‘Climates’). His last film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ won the festival’s second prize. Could 2014 finally see him win big? Whatever happens next month, there are bound to be surprises, disappointments and, Cannes being Cannes, controversies (although Lars von Trier is nowhere to be seen this time). Come back for our comprehensive coverage when the fun begins next month…
Read the full 2014 Cannes line-up now.