Cannes Films I’m Looking Forward To: ‘Café Society,’ ‘The Neon Demon’


With the Cannes Film Festival to start tomorrow, here are a couple of films that I am looking forward to. I’d still love to learn about many more, but so far at my time at Indiewire, these are a handful I’ve written about.

Take a look:

The Neon Demon: Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Elle Fanning, the story follows Jesse, a sweet aspiring model who moves to L.A. to get her big break. Things take a dark turn when her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women, who after she gets exposure, will take any means necessary to keep her where she is. Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Desmond Harrington and Abbey Lee are among the additional cast members.

Café Society:  Kristen Stewart plays Vonnie opposite Jesse Eisenberg’s Bobby, a young man who goes to Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. The project will open the Cannes. Lionsgate will then have a limited lease on July 15, with expansion on July 22 and a full release in July 29.


It’s Only The End of The World: Xavier Dolan’s latest film is inspired by the Jean-Luc Lagarde play of the same name and stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel. The film focuses on a writer who returns home after a 12-year absence to announce his upcoming death and the empathy and love that comes from his family and friends in unexpected ways. 


Personal Shopper: Kristen Stewart stars in the ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris. Olivier Assayas serves as director.


Captain Fantastic: The story follows a father (Viggo Mortensen) who’s raised six children in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. When his wife dies, the family leaves the woods to attend the funeral and must learn how to assimilate into society. While they are well-versed in literature and political theory, they soon discover that they are outcasts who have much to learn about the modern world.


Here’s the complete line-up:

Opening Night Film

Cafe Society – directed by Woody Allen


Toni Erdmann – directed by Maren Ade
Julieta – directed by Pedro Almodóvar
American Honey– directed by Andrea Arnold
The Unknown Girl– directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Personal Shopper – directed by Olivier Assayas
It’s Only The End Of The World – directed by Xavier Dolan
Ma Loute – directed by Bruno Dumont
Paterson – directed by Jim Jarmusch
Rester Vertical– directed by Alain Guiraudie
Aquarius– directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho
Mal de Pierres – directed by Nicole Garcia
I, Daniel Blake– directed by Ken Loach
Ma’Rosa – directed by Brillante Mendoza
Loving – directed by Jeff Nichols
Bacalaureat – directed by Cristian Mungiu
Agassi– directed by Park Chan-Wook
The Last Face – directed by Sean Penn
Sieranevada – directed by Cristi Puiu
Elle – directed by Paul Verhoeven
The Neon Demon – directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Un Certain Regard

Varoonegi – directed by Behnam Behzadi
Apprentice– directed by Boo Junfeng
Voir Du Pays – directed by Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin
La Danseuse– directed by Stephanie Di Giusto
Clash– directed by Mohamed Diab
La Tortue Rouge – directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
Fuchi Bi Tatsu – directed by Fukada Koji
Omar Shakhsiya – directed by Maha Haj
Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvaot – directed by Eran Kolirin
After The Storm– directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Hymyileva Mies– directed by Juho Kuosmanen
La Large Noche de Francisco Sanctis– directed by Francisco Marquez and Andrea Testa
Caini – directed by Bogdan Mirica
Pericle Il Nero – directed by Stefano Mordini
The Transfiguration– directed by Michael O’Shea
Captain Fantastic – directed by Matt Ross
Uchenik – directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

Outside Competition

The BFG – directed by Steven Spielberg
Money Monster – directed by Jodie Foster
The Nice Guys – directed by Shane Black
Gok Sung – directed by Na Hong-Jin

Midnight Screenings

Gimme Danger – directed by Jim Jarmusch
The Train to Busan – directed by Yeon Sang-Ho
A Chad Tragedy – directed by Mahamat-Saleh Aroun
The Death of Louis XIV – directed by Albert Serra
L’Ultima Spiaggia – directed by Thanos Anastopolous and Davide Del Degan

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