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CANNES 2016 Selection

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A barrage of hopefuls for the Croisette

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- There is a very tantalising list of potential candidates for the 69th Cannes Film Festival, which will unspool from 11-22 May 2016

A barrage of hopefuls for the Croisette
(© FDC/L Fauquembergue)

While the 66th Berlin Film Festival will deliver its final verdict on Saturday, the world’s film-industry professionals will now be hitting the road leading to the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016), which could be thought of as the Olympic-size swimming pool of the seventh art. The fight to reach the most coveted swimming lanes of the competition (whose jury will be chaired by George Miller – read the news) promises to be particularly brutal this year. Fuelled by the lists drawn up by film buffs, the ever-thrilling great game of armchair philosophising and forecasting in the international film-loving community is already well under way, as is the "top-secret" work of Cannes selector Thierry Frémaux.

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Standing proud in the vanguard of this overview of possible candidates and hopefuls on the quest for the 2016 Palme d'Or are, naturally, the new films by former victors and award-winners. This is because, with all due respect to supporters of change, the best have never been crowned by mere chance, and when it comes to art, the status of a “master” is not necessarily synonymous with conventionalism, but often, on the contrary, with encouragement to achieve perfection. As a result, fans are eagerly awaiting the following titles at Cannes: The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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by Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (read the news), Family Photos (Aventura Park) by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, Julieta [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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by Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar (news), the new, as-yet untitled film [+see also:
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by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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by Canada’s Xavier Dolan (news), The Handmaid by Korea’s Park Chan-wook, After the Storm by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-Eda, The Neon Demon [+see also:
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Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
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 by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (news), Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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by Germany’s Fatih Akin (news), Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (news), Untamed [+see also:
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by Mexico’s Amat Escalante, American Honey [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrea Arnold
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 by the UK’s Andrea Arnold and I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by her fellow countryman Ken Loach (news).

On the US side, movie buffs are dreaming about Martin Scorsese’s return to the Croisette with Silence, but are also hoping for Sully by Clint EastwoodLoving [+see also:
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 by Jeff Nichols, perhaps a new opus by Terrence Malick, The Lost City of Z by James Gray (although its release seems to have been scheduled for late 2016 or early 2017...) and Paterson [+see also:
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 by Jim Jarmusch (but is this compatible with its recent acquisition by Amazon?), not to mention The Light Between Oceans [+see also:
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by rising star Derek Cianfrance, as well as outsiders Nocturnal Animals [+see also:
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 by Tom Ford and La La Land by Damien Chazelle.

The French hopefuls are really jostling for space at the gates of the competition, with Paris Is Happening [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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by Bertrand Bonello (news), Orphan [+see also:
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by Arnaud des Pallières (news), Slack Bay [+see also:
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Q&A: Bruno Dumont
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by Bruno Dumont (news - scheduled for a French release on 11 May), Personal Shopper [+see also:
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
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 by Olivier Assayas (news - set to be released in France on 19 October), A Woman's Life [+see also:
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Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
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by Stéphane Brizé (news), Planetarium [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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 by Rebecca Zlotowski (news), Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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by Alain Guiraudie (news - French release set for 24 August), Frantz [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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 by François Ozon (news - French release on 14 September), 150 Milligrams [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot (news) and From the Land of the Moon [+see also:
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by Nicole Garcia (news - French release on 19 October).

As for the most serious South American candidates, we could mention titles such as Neruda [+see also:
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by Chile’s Pablo Larrain, Zama by Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel and Aquarius [+see also:
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by up-and-coming Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, while Asia is also in with a good chance with the French-language films Eternité [+see also:
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by Vietnam’s Tran Anh-hung (news) and The Woman in the Silver Plate [+see also:
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by Japan’s Kiyoshi KurosawaHarmonium [+see also:
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 by his fellow countryman Koji Fukada, and even Gokseong by Korea’s Na Hong-jin.

Also back with a vengeance on the most comprehensive lists are titles such as the French production Elle [+see also:
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 by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (news), L'économie du couple [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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 by Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse (news), the enigmatic On the Milky Road [+see also:
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by Serbia’s Emir Kusturica, Florence Foster Jenkins [+see also:
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 by British director Stephen Frears, Oppenheimer Strategies by Israel’s Joseph Cedar, Story of Your Life by Canada’s Denis Villeneuve, Snowden [+see also:
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interview: Oliver Stone
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 by US director Oliver Stone, The Last Face by his fellow countryman Sean Penn, The History of Love [+see also:
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 by Romania’s Radu Mihaileanu (news), Les Beaux jours d'Aranjuez [+see also:
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by Germany’s Wim Wenders, Viceroy's House by the UK’s Gurinder Chadha and The Sense of an Ending by India’s Ritesh Batra (news).

Other movies to keep a close eye on are Ana, mon amour by Romania’s Calin Peter Netzer (news), Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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by his fellow countryman Cristi Puiu, Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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 by Germany’s Maren Ade, The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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by Portugal’s João Pedro Rodrigues (news), Free Fire [+see also:
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 by the UK’s Ben Wheatley (news), Grain by Turkey’s Semih Kaplanoglu, La Mort De Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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by Spaniard Albert Serra (news), and Lost in Paris [+see also:
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by Belgian-Canadian duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (news).

French film production, which is increasingly tending to bank on applications for Cannes, which then gives rise to an excessive amount of competition that is relatively lethal for the unsuccessful, may also be able to count on The Heart [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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by Katell Quillévéré (news), The Stopover [+see also:
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interview: Delphine and Muriel Coulin
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by sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin (news), Into the Forest by Gilles Marchand (news), Le jeune Karl Marx by Raoul Peck (news), Félicité by Alain Gomis (news), The Apple of My Eye [+see also:
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by Axelle Ropert (news), Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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 by Justine Triet (news), the animated film My Life as a Zucchini [+see also:
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interview: Claude Barras
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by Claude Barras (news), Struggle for Life [+see also:
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by Antonin Peretjatko (news - set to be released in France on 15 June), and the feature debuts M by Sara Forestier (news), The Dancer [+see also:
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by Stéphanie di Giusto (news), Raw by Julia Ducourneau, Mon nom à Pigalle by Ekoué and Hamé (in other words, the pioneering duo from rap group La Rumeur), Mercenaire by Sacha Wolf (news) and A Taste of Ink by Morgan Simon (news).

Lastly, among the films by budding filmmakers from the rest of the world, we could highlight Heartstone [+see also:
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interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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 by Icelandic director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson (news), Valley of Shadows by Norway’s Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen (news), The Giant [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Nyholm
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by Sweden’s Johannes Nyholm, Zoology [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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 by Russia’s Ivan I Tverdovsky, the Danish production Wolf and Sheep [+see also:
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interview: Shahrbanoo Sadat
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 by Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat, Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
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by Romania’s Bogdan Mirica (news), Glory [+see also:
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interview: Petar Valchanov, Kristina G…
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 by Bulgaria’s Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (news), I Want to Be Like You by their fellow countryman Konstantin Bojanov (news), Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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interview: Hana Jušić
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 by Croatia’s Hana JusicBerlin Syndrome by Australia’s Cate ShortlandSkoran by the Czech Republic’s Petr Vaclav and The Darkness [+see also:
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by Mexico’s Daniel Castro Zimbron.

This non-exhaustive inventory of the powers at play as Cannes 2016 looms will no doubt be livened up by a few wild cards and new discoveries, but it already holds a great deal of promise for a fascinating 2016 edition. All that remains to do now is await the confirmation of these potential titles in the beautiful setting of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. 

(Translated from French)

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