Cannes Buzz Titles: What’s Hot at This Year’s Market

From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“All I See Is You”
Director: Marc Forster
Producers: Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler
Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity

“American Honey”
Director: Andrea Arnold
Producers: Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Film4, BFI, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben
Key cast: Shia LaBeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures

“American Pastoral”
Director: Ewan McGregor
Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
Adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel
Sales: Lakeshore

“Barton & Charlie”
Director: Rupert Friend
Producers: Aaron Gilbert, Margot Hand, Rupert Friend
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend
A street hustler meets a young woman who has a knack for his trade and more in store for him than he bargained for.
Sales: Fortitude Intl.

Popular on Variety

“Border Crossing”
Director: Bette Gordon
Producers: Jamin O’Brien, Daniel L. Blanc, Radium Cheung
Key cast: Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia
Based on the novel by Pat Barker about a psychologist who saves a drowning man, only to discover he’s the same person the psychologist put away for murder 12 years earlier.
Sales: Electric Entertainment

Director: Florian Gallenberger
Producers: Benjamin Herrmann
Key cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Mikael Nyqvist
Thriller tells the true events of a young couple who become entangled in the 1973 Chilean military coup.
Sales: Beta Cinema. UTA handling U.S.

“The Correspondence”
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer: Arturo Paglia, Isabella Cocuzza
Key cast: Jeremy Irons, Olga Kurylenko, Blake Lively
Romance between an astrophysics professor and a younger woman.
Sales: Umedia

“Chronically Metropolitan”
Director: Xavier Manrique
Producer: Jamin O’Brien
Key cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Chris Noth, Ashley Benson
A novelist returns to New York City ready to reclaim his lost love.
Sales: 13 Films

Director: Mick Jackson
Producers: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Key cast: Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson
Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.”
Sales: Cornerstone Films

“The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”
Director: Bill Purple
Producers: Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Mike Landry, Carlos Velazquez, Chuck Pacheco
Key cast: Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel
Romantic drama, with a score by Justin Timberlake
Sales: Content Media

“The Driftless Area”
Director: Zachary Sluser
Producers: Keith Kjarval, Aaron L. Gilbert
Key cast: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes
The love between a bartender and a mysterious woman is threatened when he gets mixed up with a crook and his bag of stolen cash.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.

“The Ghouls”
Director: Wuershan
Chen Kuo-fu
Key cast: Shu Qi, Angelababy, Chen Kun, Huang Bo
Adapted from the book “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda, Huayi and Enlight. A major promo event is planned at Cannes.
Sales: IM Global

“Hell & Back”
Directors: Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman
Producers: Eric Blyler, Alexander Bulkey, Corey Campodonico
Voice talent: Mila Kunis, TJ Miller, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Danny McBride
Animated feature
Sales: The Exchange

“I Kill Giants”

Director: Anders Walter
Producers: Chris Columbus, Man of Action, Treehouse Pictures, XYZ Films
Key cast: TBD
A live-action adaptation of the popular graphic novel series about a young misfit battling monsters in her life.
Sales: XYZ Films

“John Wick 2”
Directors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Producer: Basil Iwanyk
Key cast: Keanu Reeves
Sequel to action thriller that made $78 million worldwide.
Sales: Lionsgate Intl.

“The Odyssey”
Director: Jerome Salle
Producers: Olivier Delbosc, Nathalie Gastaldo, Philippe Godeau, Marc Missonnier
Key cast: Pierre Niney, Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou
Biopic of Jacques-Yves Cousteau based on the book by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Sales: Wild Bunch

Nocturnal Animals
Director: Tom Ford
Key cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
Producers: Tom Ford, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Tom Ford returns to the bigscreen after 2009’s “A Single Man” with this adaptation of late writer Austrin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan.”
Sales: FilmNation (international); CAA (domestic)

“A Quiet Passion”
Director: Terence Davies
Producers: Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter, Potemkino, Jason Van Eman, Ben McConley, Dominic Ianno, Stuart Pollok, Jason Moring
Key cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle
The life of poet Emily Dickinson
Sales: DDI, UTA handling U.S.

“The Runner”
Director: Austin Stark
Producers: Paper Street Films
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda
The portrait of an idealistic but flawed politician forced to confront his dysfunctional past after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
Sales: Fortitude Intl.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Producers: Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie
Key cast: Noomi Rapace
A single mother struggling to raise her son is abducted by a mysterious organization.
Sales: Ambi Distribution

“Salt and Fire”
Director: Werner Herzog
Producers: Michael Benaroya, Werner Herzog, Pablo Cruz, Nina Maag
Key cast: Veronica Ferres, Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal
Supervolcano thriller set in South America.
Sales: IFT

“The Septembers of Shiraz”
Director: Wayne Blair
Producers: Heidi Jo Markel, Alan Siegel, Gerry Butler, Les Weldon
Key cast: Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo
A thriller based on the New York Times bestseller.
Sales: Nu Image

“Shot Caller”
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Producers: Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes, Ric Roman Waugh, Jonathan King
Key cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
The Relativity release in the U.S., follows a gangster newly released from prison who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Producer: Agustin Almodovar
Key cast: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suarez
One woman’s life from 1985 to the present.
Sales: FilmNation

“Slack Bay”
Director: Bruno Dumont
Producers: 3B Productions, Arte France Cinema, Pictanovo, Twenty Twenty Vision
Key cast: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche et Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Dark comedy in the vein of “Li’l Quinquin”
Sales: Memento Films Intl.

“Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans”
Directors: Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna
Producer: John McKenna
Doc has its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section.
Sales: Content Media

Director: Marcus Nispel
Producers: Marcus Nispel, Stefan Brunner, Juergen J. Straub
Key cast: TBD
Ocean-set horror film features creature effects created in collaboration with Mike Elizade of SpectralMotion (“Birdman”).
Sales: Blue Box Intl.

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Producer: Indiana Production
Key cast: Matilda Lutz, Brando Pacitto, Joseph Haro, Taylor Frey
Ensemble coming-of-age/road movie set in Rome, San Francisco, New Orleans and Cuba.
Sales: Rai Com

“Take Down”
Director: Jim Gillespie
Producers: Ed Elbert, Sarah Ryan Black, Stefan Brunner, Jamie Brown, Alex Brown, Alex Tate
Key Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Dominic Sherwood, Ed Westwick
A group of rebellious sons and daughters of international billionaires are sent to a wilderness camp and school in order to learn discipline, but when the school is taken hostage by a group of kidnappers, the kids take the situation into their own hands.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.

A Tale of Love and Darkness
Director: Natalie Portman
Producers: Ram Bergman, David Mandil
Key cast: Natalie Portman
Based on the international bestseller by Amos Oz, film premieres in Cannes’ official selection.
Sales: Voltage Pictures

“To Rob a Thief”
Director: Daniel Calparsoro
Producers: Juan Gordon, Emma Lustres, Borja Pena, Ghislain Barrois, Alvaro Augustin
Key cast: Luis Tosar, Rodrigo de la Serna, Raul Arevalo, Patricia Vico
Bank heist thriller has backing from Fox, which has pre-bought the U.S., Latin America and Spain.
Sales: Film Factory

“Un plus une”
Director: Claude Lelouch
Producers: Marc Dujardin, Samuel and Victor Hadida
Key cast: Jean Dujardin, Christopher Lambert, Elsa Zylberstein, Alice Pol
A film composer who’s in India working on a retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” is attracted to a woman who isn’t like him at all, but together they are going to live an incredible journey.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment

Untitled Beatles Documentary
Director: Ron Howard
Producers:  Ron Howard, Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, Brian Grazer
Authorized documentary about the Beatles.
Sales: White Horse Films, Studiocanal

“Young Americans”
Director: John Krokidas
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Liz Destro, Kim Leadford, Frank Frattaroli
Key cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Amanda Seyfried
Buddy road movie
Sales: XYZ Films (international); UTA (domestic)

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