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Cannes 2016 announces line-up including The BFG and Money Monster

Money Monster

Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg’s The BFG and Jodie Foster’s financial thriller Money Monster (pictured) are two of the more high profile films to be featured at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The former is Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, while the latter sees George Clooney and Julia Roberts held hostage by an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) who wants to make a televised point about the financial collapse.

Both films will play out of competition, as will Shane Black’s keenly anticipated ’70s set crime caper The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Of the films competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or – the festival’s top prize – three have been directed by women [a significant increase on previous years].

These include American Honey, which marks the first movie made in America by Red Road and Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold, as well as Second World War drama Mal de Parres from French actor and director Nicole Garcia, and Toni Erdmann, about a father who ambushes his daughter with jokes, believing she has lost her sense of humour, from German film-maker Maren Ade.

The competition will also see a new entry from Cannes veteran Ken Loach, who had appeared to have retired after his last film, Jimmy’s Hall. But the 79-year-old, who previously won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, will return with another drama: I, Daniel Blake, which tells the story of a carpenter who falls ill and struggles to navigate the red tape of welfare support.

Another returning filmmaker will be Olivier Assayas, whose new film Personal Shopper reunites him with Kristen Stewart, whose role in 2014’s Clouds of Sils Maria went on to win her a César award.

Stewart, incidentally, will have a busy festival given that she also stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carell in the festival’s opening film, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, which is screening out of competition.

Other key competition titles include the fifth film from Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols: Loving, which stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as a real-life couple battling racial prejudice in mid-50s America; and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, a tale of vampire supermodels in LA starring Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks.

Sean Penn’s fifth film as director, The Last Face, about aid workers in Africa, has also been selected, as has Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta and new releases from the Dardenne brothers, Xavier Dolan, Cristian Mungiu, Brillante Mendoza and Bruno Dumont.

The festival will also see the return of Basic Instinct filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, whose new movie, Elle, was one of the more surprising competitors for the Palme d’Or. The film stars Isabelle Huppert as the CEO of a video games company who is raped in her home and attempts to track down her attacker.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival commences on May 11, 2016.

George Miller, whose Oscar winning Mad Max: Fury Road emerged as one of last year’s major successes, chairs the jury.

Key films at a glance

Opening night film

Café Society (Woody Allen, US)

In competition

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, German)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold, UK)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, France)
The Unknown Girl (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium)
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, Canada)
Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont, France)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, US)
Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie, France)
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil)
Mal de Pierres (Nicole Garcia, Algeria)
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, UK)
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza, Philippines)
Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
Loving (Jeff Nichols, US)
The Handmaid (Park Chan-wook, South Korea)
The Last Face (Sean Penn, US)
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven, France)
The Neon Demon (Nicholas Winding Refn, US)

Out of competition

The BFG (Steven Spielberg, US)
Money Monster (Jodie Foster, US)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black, US)
Goksun (Na Hong-Jin, South Korea)
L’Ultima Spaggia (Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan, Greece and Italy)

Un Certain Regard

Apprentice (Boo Junfeng, Singapore)
Voir du Pays (Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin, France)
La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)
Eshtebak (Mohamed Diab, Egypt)
La Tortue Rogue (Michael Dudok de Wit, Netherlands)
Fuchi Ni Tatsu (Kôji Fukada, Japan)
Omor Shakhsiya (Maha Haj)
Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvoat (Eran Kolirin, Israel)
After the Storm (Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan)
The Man who Smiled (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland)
La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa)
Caini (Bogdan Mirică)
Pericle Il Nero (Stefano Mordini, Italy)
The Transfiguration (Michael O’Shea, US)
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, US)
Uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia)

Midnight screenings

Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch, US)
The Train to Bu-San (Yeon Sang-Ho, South Korea)

Special screenings

The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, Spain)
Hissène Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad)
Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali, France)
Exile (Rithy Panh, Cambodia)

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