Festival de Cannes 2017: Here is my first rumor on the selections…

Less than two months from the opening of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 17 to 28 May, it is time to make a credible predictions on who will be selected. Festival director Thierry Frémaux , insists particularly on the fact that everything is decided in the last stretch, at the end of March, beginning of April. The official selection is set to be revealed on April 13th. However, by now we usually see a film selected for Opening Night.

Last year was Woddy Allen’s “Café Society” – which I’ve yet to see. Scratch that on second thought “no intention” to see.

Moving on to this year’s possible early guesses I would have to say it might just be one of these films.

  1. Redoubtable” – dir Michel Hazanavicius. The film is a blend of love story and deadpan comedy that delves right to the heart of the personal and professional life of legendary director Jean Luc Godard.
  2. Dunkirk” – dir Christopher Nolan. The film recounts battle of Dunkirk was one of the most important rescue operations in history which took p[lace from May 21 to June 4th in 1940. (gotta love anything with the name Kirk attached)
  3. The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola – The film about a wounded Union soldier who finds shelter (and seduction) in a Confederate girls’ boarding school in 19th-century Virginia. (see Trailer below)

Cannes has never shied away from dark or tragic theme for Opening Night. Think – Blindness (2008) City Of Lost Children (1995) and Basic Instinct (1992). Even tho two out of the three films seems quite dark. But imagine the attention the festival will receive if you have the A list names of  Sofia Coppola, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning walking the red carpet. But has Sofia Coppola been forgiven for Marie Antoinette (2006) – we can only hope so but the French are fickle at times. And then there is Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Christopher Nolan not much flash for the carpet just a lot tuxs.

Cannes has been very light on French openers perhaps there is a curse similar to the Canadian film curse at TIFF.  Regardless if there is a curse or not  Michel Hazanavicius’ Redoubtable would be fresh change and a great reminder of the strength French cinema has and its contribution to its history.

All three films sounds promising but we have to wait to see which one gets the spot.

There is still time to apply to FMA: Cannes Market Readiness Program if accepted you too can be walking the red carpet on May 17th for the 70th edition of Festival de Cannes.  CLICK HERE to Apply Now

The Beguiled” – trailer below…

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