Excitement is growing (okay, we’ll be honest: it’s through the roof) and preparations have started: the International Cinephile Society is getting ready to cover the world’s most important and prestigious festival, the Festival de Cannes, this year in its 68th incarnation. Two weeks from now today, all 19 competition films will have been seen, and the jury, presided over by Joel and Ethan Coen, will have awarded one of those nineteen with the coveted Palme d’Or (pictured left). But before we reach May 24th, four ICS members will have seen many, many films, and will have weighed in on as many of them as possible, including films from the UCR, Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.
This year, expect reactions from the following members, either through reviews on this very site, or first gut reactions on Twitter:
As a reminder, these are the 19 films in competition, in the order they will be screening:
Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister), by Kore-eda Hirokazu
Il Racconto dei Racconti (Tale of Tales), by Matteo Garrone
The Lobster, by Yorgos Lanthimos
Saul Fia (Son of Saul), by László Nemes
Mia Madre (My Mother), by Nanni Moretti
The Sea of Trees, by Gus van Sant
Mon Roi, by Maïwenn
Carol, by Todd Haynes
La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man), by Stéphane Brizé
Louder Than Bombs, by Joachim Trier
Sicario, by Denis Villeneuve
Marguerite & Julien, by Valérie Donzelli
Youth, by Paolo Sorrentino
Shan He Gu Ren (Mountains May Depart), by Jia Zhang-Ke
Dheepan, by Jacques Audiard
Yie Ninniang (The Assassin), by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Chronic, by Michel Franco
The Valley of Love, by Guillaume Nicloux
Macbeth, by Justin Kurzel
Now, excuse us while we start packing our bags….
*** Eren will also be covering the Festival de Cannes for monthly Turkish magazine Altyazi.