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Cannes: Films in the running in 2017

Posted Apr 13, 2017 by AFP
From the tale of a mysterious giant beast to a family drama set against the European migrant crisis, here are the movies appearing in the main competition at next month's Cannes film festival:- 'The Beguiled' -Among the titles causing the most buzz at ...
Nicole Kidman appears in 'The Beguiled'  featuring in the main competition at the Cannes f...
Nicole Kidman appears in 'The Beguiled', featuring in the main competition at the Cannes film festival.
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From the tale of a mysterious giant beast to a family drama set against the European migrant crisis, here are the movies appearing in the main competition at next month's Cannes film festival:

- 'The Beguiled' -

Among the titles causing the most buzz at Cannes this year is Sofia Coppola's American Civil War thriller, a remake of the 1971 version starring Clint Eastwood, featuring Colin Farrell as a wounded soldier who seduces the women around him, including Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst.

- 'Okja' and 'The Meyerowitz Stories' -

Netflix is premiering two movies at Cannes for the first time as the streaming giant makes increasing inroads to Hollywood alongside its rival Amazon.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Tilda Swinton in 'Okja ' out for main competition recognit...
Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Tilda Swinton in 'Okja,' out for main competition recognition in Cannes
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"Okja", starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton, tells the tale of a girl who risks everything to protect a shy giant animal.

Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman meanwhile star in "The Meyerowitz Stories", a comedy about siblings dealing with an ageing father.

- 'Wonderstruck' and 'You Were Never Really Here' -

Two Amazon-backed movies have also made the cut for the main competition. Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams star in "Wonderstruck", the story of two deaf children living parallel lives in the 1920s and 1970s.

"You Were Never Really Here", the latest feature by "We Need To Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran who tries to save a sex-trafficking victim.

- 'Good Time' -

"Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson stars in this crime flick by indie director brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, about a bank robber struggling to evade the police.

- 'Happy End' -

Fresh from winning a string of accolades for "Elle", Isabelle Huppert is back in Michael Haneke's new family drama, set in northern France against the backdrop of the European migrant crisis.

- 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' -

Colin Farrell teams up with Nicole Kidman in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
Colin Farrell teams up with Nicole Kidman in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
ANGELA WEISS, AFP

For the second time at this year's Cannes, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell team up for the tale of a boy attempting to bring a talented surgeon into his family, with disastrous consequences.

- 'Le Redoutable' and 'Rodin' -

Two French biopics have made it into the main competition. "Rodin" stars Jacques Doillon as the famed sculptor.

"Redoutable" (Redoubtable), about legendary movie director Jean-Luc Godard, is the latest offering from Michel Hazanavicius, the man behind five-times Oscar winner "The Artist".

French actress Marion Cotillard  featuring in 'Les Fantomes de Ismael ' will join the gala...
French actress Marion Cotillard, featuring in 'Les Fantomes de Ismael,' will join the galaxy of stars headed to Cannes
PHILIPPE LOPEZ, AFP

- 'Les Fantomes de Ismael' (Ismael's Ghosts) -

This drama about a filmmaker disturbed by the return of a former lover features A-list French talent in the form of Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Amalric.

- 'In The Fade' -

Fatih Akin presents a story of revenge in Germany's Turkish community.

- 'L'Amant Double' (The Double Lover) -

French director Francois Ozon's thriller follows a young woman who falls in love with her therapist before realising he's not who she thought he was.

The logo of the May 17-28 70th International Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera
The logo of the May 17-28 70th International Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera
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- '120 battements par minute'

A film by French-Moroccan director Robin Campillo following the work of an AIDS charity in Paris in the 1990s.

- 'Radiance' -

The latest film by Japan's Naomi Kawase follows a photographer whose eyesight is failing.

- 'The Day After' -

South Korean director Hong Sang-Soo will be bringing two films to Cannes -- his new feature "The Day After", and for a special screening, "Claire's Camera" featuring Isabelle Huppert, which was shot partly during last year's festival.

- 'Jupiter's Moon' -

The latest offering from Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, whose movie "White God" won the Cannes newcomers' prize in 2014.

- 'Loveless' -

A brutal depiction of life in a broken family, by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

- 'A Gentle Creature' -

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa brings us the bleak tale of a woman trying to learn the truth about a prison in remote Russia.