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.
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
Director: Ewan McGregor
Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
Adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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
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.
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Producer: Agustin Almodovar
Key cast: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suarez
One woman’s life from 1985 to the present.
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
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
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)