Cannes: 21 Festival Movies That Hollywood Will Be Talking About

9:00 AM 5/9/2016

by Scott Roxborough and Rebecca Ford

Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' and Kristen Stewart starrer 'Personal Shopper' are among six notable films battling for the prestigious Palme d’Or, but many out-of-competition titles also will be generating big buzz from the Palais to L.A.

BFG, Money Monster, and Loving split - H 2016
Courtesy of Cannes

  • American Honey — In Competition

    Sasha Lane and the ever-unpredictable Shia LaBeouf star in Andrea Arnold's first film set outside the U.K., a road movie about hard-living youths who crisscross the U.S. selling magazine subscriptions.

  • The BFG — Out of Competition

    A family-friendly film from Steven Spielberg based on a beloved book from the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and featuring the voice of newly minted Oscar winner Mark Rylance. Oh yes, BFG is most definitely a BFD and the only bullet-proof blockbuster going to Cannes this year.

  • Cafe Society — Out of Competition

    Woody Allen explores Old Hollywood in his latest work, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell and Parker Posey.

  • The Dancer — In Competition

    Lily-Rose Depp plays Isadora Duncan, an American dancer who revolutionized classical dance at the turn of the 20th century, in this French-language biopic from first-time director Stephanie Di Giusto. It’s a major career leap for Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ daughter, whose first feature role was in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers.

  • Dog Eat Dog — Out of Competition

    Based on the 1995 cult novel by bank robber-turned-novelist Edward Bunker, about three ex-cons trying to live the straight life, the closing night film of Directors’ Fortnight offers up the tantalizing prospect of Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe chewing off chunks of raw emotion penned by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader.

  • Gimme Danger — Out of Competition

    Jim Jarmusch, who cast Iggy Pop in his 1995 Western Dead Man (in a dress no less), trains his lens on the punk icon once more for this intimate doc about influential Detroit rockers The Stooges.

  • Graduation — In Competition

    Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu makes his third appearance in Cannes competition with another eviscerating look at small-town life in modern Romania.

  • Hands of Stone — Out of Competition

    The boxing drama stars Edgar Ramírez as legendary boxer Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel.

  • The Handmaiden — In Competition

    Park Chan-wook's first Korean-language production in seven years is a period romance about an heiress who falls for a charming con artist.

  • I, Daniel Blake — In Competition

    Ken Loach's latest "last film," his 16th in Cannes, is a kitchen sink drama about a working class couple struggling with Britain's welfare system.

  • It's Only the End of the World — In Competition

    Cannes' favorite Canadian wunderkind, Xavier Dolan, returns to the festival — for the fifth time! — with a story of a writer who returns home after 12 years to tell his family he is dying. Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux star.

  • The Last Face — In Competition

    Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem star as Western doctors doing relief work in Africa who find themselves tested by tough moral decisions in Sean Penn's first film as a director since Into the Wild.

  • Loving — In Competition

    Arguably Cannes' most hotly anticipated film, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton star in director Jeff Nichols' (Midnight SpecialMud) true story of the Lovings, an interracial couple sentenced to prison in 1958 for violating Virginia's miscegenation laws.


  • Money Monster — Out of Competition

    Jodie Foster takes her fourth turn as director, helming this financial thriller starring George Clooney as a TV financial host who is taken hostage by an angry investor (Jack O’Connell). Julia Roberts plays his show producer.

  • The Neon Demon — In Competition

    Described as an American giallo horror film, Nicolas Winding Refn's latest is a cannibal thriller about an aspiring model in L.A. who's pursued by woman who wants to devour her beauty.

  • Neruda — Out of Competition

    The latest from Pablo Larrain (No, The Club) screams foreign Oscar contender. A biopic of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Luis Gnecco, it features Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal as the inspector who, after the Chilean government outlawed communism, organized a manhunt to track down and arrest the left-wing artist.

  • The Nice Guys — Out of Competition

    Shane Black's buddy detective story stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two bumbling PIs who team up to find a missing girl.

  • Paterson — In Competition

    Adam Driver stars as a bus driver cum poet in Paterson, New Jersey, in the latest from indie film pioneer Jim Jarmusch, making his eighth appearance in Cannes competition.

  • Personal Shopper — In Competition

    French favorite Kristen Stewart returns with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for this very different kind of ghost story, set in the fashion underworld of Paris.

  • Risk — Out of Competition

    After winning an Oscar for Citizenfour, her intimate, revealing portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras turns her lens on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Poitras filmed with Assange in 2010 when Wikileaks data dumps of State Department documents sparked international outrage. If anything, Risk could be more controversial than Citizenfour and seems a sure-fire award contender.

  • The Unknown Girl — In Competition

    Two-time Palme d'Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are back on familiar, social-realistic ground with this drama about a doctor who tries to find the identity of a patient who dies after she refused her treatment.