The Festival de Cannes (or Cannes International Film Festival) is celebrating its 65th year this May 16th to 27th. As always, the festival is full of films packed with some serious star power alongside those that showcase serious talent from beyond Hollywood.
There are 22 films selected for official competition, and while we can’t wait to find out the one film that will take home the Palme d’Or, we are excited to see more than one of the official selections when they finally make it to theaters beyond the French beach town where all of the festival events go down.
Here are five films that have caught our attention, all with recognizable names attached, whether it’s the names in the cast, the director or a familiar literary title.
Click through the slideshow above to see our picks, and let us know which ones you’re looking forward to catching in theaters in the comments section below!
We've been eagerly anticipating the latest Wes Anderson flick and it will be opening the festival this year. Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12-year-olds who run away together during the summer of 1965. Meanwhile, a storm is brewing off the coast of the New England Island where the authorities are searching for the lovestruck preteens.
This adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac novel stars Kristen Stuart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, with Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Elizabeth Moss and Steve Buscemi in supporting roles.
In Lawless, a group of bootlegging brothers in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia are threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. The star-studded cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman and Guy Pierce.
Based on Don DeLillo's novel of the same name, Cosmopolis follows Eric Packer, a 28-year old billionaire played by Robert Pattinson, who wants desperately to get a haircut but runs into a whirlwind of obstacles along the way.
This cast has some serious star power. Matthew McConaughey plays a reporter attempting to exonerate a man on death row, played a scruffy-looking John Cusack.
Zac Efron stars as McConaughey's little brother and Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognizable as Charlotte Bless.