Critic's Picks: Todd McCarthy's 5 Most Anticipated Films at Cannes

6:40 AM 5/16/2017

by Todd McCarthy

THR's festival vet reveals his favorite films in this year's lineup.

This story first appeared in the May 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Based on a True Story

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    Roman Polanski's latest stars Eva Green (who should be a great match for the director) as well as Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Vincent Perez in a story of an author and an obsessive fan.

  • The Beguiled

    Ben Rothstein/Focus Features

    I'm intensely curious to see what Sofia Coppola will do to presumably adjust the focus of this rooster-in-a-henhouse story from the male perspective of the 1971 original with Clint Eastwood.

  • Happy End

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    Director Michael Haneke (Amour) almost always delivers in a major way, and there's no missing a film with a cast led by Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

  • Loveless

    Courtesy of Wild Bunch

    Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (2014) is one of the great films to have debuted at Cannes this decade, so this family drama from the maverick Russian director is a must-see.

  • Napalm

    Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

    All we know about this documentary is that it's by Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) and it's about North Korea, meaning the 91-year-old filmmaker has one of the most timely entries at Cannes.