Cannes Competition Lineup: The 19 Films Battling for the Palme d'Or

7:42 AM 4/13/2017

by Ashley Lee

Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman, Barkhad Abdi, Tilda Swinton, Adam Sandler and Diane Kruger are among its stars.

  • The Beguiled

    Sofia Coppola

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    The adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel stars Colin Farrell as a Union soldier who charms his way into a Confederate girls boarding school. Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman are also among the cast.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    Lynne Ramsay

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    Joaquin Phoenix and Alessandro Nivola star in the adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel, which tells how a war veteran's attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong. Lynne Ramsay, who helmed We Need to Talk About Kevin, directs from her own script.

  • Wonderstruck

    Todd Haynes

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    Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams star in the adaptation of Brian Selznick's book, in which the story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

  • Good Time

    Benny and Josh Safdie

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    Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Robert Pattinson star in the Safdie Brothers' crime drama about a bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

  • Happy End

    Michael Haneke

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    Isabelle Huppert stars in the French-language drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

  • Ismael's Ghosts

    Arnaud Desplechin

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    Marion Cotrillard stars in the French-language film centering on a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover, just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.

  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    Noah Baumbach

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    Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten and Emma Thompson, the intergenerational tale follows adult siblings as they contend with the influence of their aging father, played by Dustin Hoffman. It's one of the first-ever Netflix films to screen at the fest.

  • In the Fade

    Fatih Akin

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    Diane Kruger stars in her first German-language feature. Plot is being kept under wraps.

  • Okja

    Bong Joon-Ho

    The sci-fi fantasy film from the director of Snowpiercer centers on a girl who risks everything to prevent a company from capturing her friend, a massive hairy beast. Korea’s Ahn Seo-hyun stars alongside Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano. It's one of the first-ever Netflix titles to screen at the fest.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Yorgos Lanthimos

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    Colin Farrell reunites with the helmer of The Lobster alongside Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Bill Camp. The psychological revenge thriller sees Farrell is on board as a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family, but when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice. It's one of four Kidman films at the fest.

  • L'Amant Double

    Francois Ozon

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     Jacqueline Bisset stars in the French-language film alongside Marine Vacth and Jeremie Renier. Plot details for the erotic thriller are being kept under wraps.

  • A Gentle Creature

    Sergey Loznitsa

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    The Ukrainian director's Russian-language narrative is inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story about a woman who receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender.' Shocked and confused, she travels to the remote prison on a blind quest for justice.

  • Redoubtable

    Michel Hazanavicius

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    The biopic-romance from the director of The Artist stars Louis Garrel as French film director Jean-Luc Godard who falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin) while shooting a movie.

  • Loveless

    Andrei Zvyagintsev

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    The Russian director of 2014's Leviathan helms the drama centering on a couple who, while going through a divorce, must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Oleg Negin wrote the script.

  • Radiance

    Naomi Kawase

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    Also starring Masatoshi Nagase, the Japanese-language drama centers on Misako, a passionate writer of film voiceovers for the visually impaired, who meets Masaya, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. Together, they learn to see the radiant world that was previously invisible to her eyes.

  • The Day After

    Hong Sangsoo

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    The Korean-language title stars Min-hee Kim and Hae-hyo Kwon.

  • 120 Battements par Minute

    Robin Campillo

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    The French-language drama, set in Paris in the early 1990s, follows a group of young activists who is desperately tied to finding the cure against an unknown lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations.

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