From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“All I See Is You”
Director: Marc Forster
Producers: Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler
Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Producers: Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Film4, BFI, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben
Key cast: Shia LaBeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
Adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel
“Barton & Charlie”
Director: Rupert Friend
Producers: Aaron Gilbert, Margot Hand, Rupert Friend
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend
A street hustler meets a young woman who has a knack for his trade and more in store for him than he bargained for.
Sales: Fortitude Intl.
Director: Bette Gordon
Producers: Jamin O’Brien, Daniel L. Blanc, Radium Cheung
Key cast: Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia
Based on the novel by Pat Barker about a psychologist who saves a drowning man, only to discover he’s the same person the psychologist put away for murder 12 years earlier.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Producers: Benjamin Herrmann
Key cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Mikael Nyqvist
Thriller tells the true events of a young couple who become entangled in the 1973 Chilean military coup.
Sales: Beta Cinema. UTA handling U.S.
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer: Arturo Paglia, Isabella Cocuzza
Key cast: Jeremy Irons, Olga Kurylenko, Blake Lively
Romance between an astrophysics professor and a younger woman.
Producer: Chen Kuo-fu
Key cast: Shu Qi, Angelababy, Chen Kun, Huang Bo
Adapted from the book “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda, Huayi and Enlight. A major promo event is planned at Cannes.
Sales: IM Global
Director: Jerome Salle
Producers: Olivier Delbosc, Nathalie Gastaldo, Philippe Godeau, Marc Missonnier
Key cast: Pierre Niney, Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou
Biopic of Jacques-Yves Cousteau based on the book by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Sales: Wild Bunch
“Hell & Back”
Directors: Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman
Producers: Eric Blyler, Alexander Bulkey, Corey Campodonico
Voice talent: Mila Kunis, TJ Miller, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Danny McBride
Sales: The Exchange
Director: Xavier Manrique
Producer: Jamin O’Brien
Key cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Chris Noth, Ashley Benson
A novelist returns to New York City ready to reclaim his lost love.
Sales: 13 Films
Director: Mick Jackson
Producers: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Key cast: Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson
Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.”
Sales: Cornerstone Films
“The Driftless Area”
Director: Zachary Sluser
Producers: Keith Kjarval, Aaron L. Gilbert
Key cast: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes
The love between a bartender and a mysterious woman is threatened when he gets mixed up with a crook and his bag of stolen cash.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.
“I Kill Giants”
Director: Anders Walter
Producers: Chris Columbus, Man of Action, Treehouse Pictures, XYZ Films
Key cast: TBD
A live-action adaptation of the popular graphic novel series about a young misfit battling monsters in her life.
Sales: XYZ Films
“John Wick 2″
Directors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Producer: Basil Iwanyk
Key cast: Keanu Reeves
Sequel to action thriller that made $78 million worldwide.
Sales: Lionsgate Intl.
Director: Tom Ford
Key cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
Producers: Tom Ford, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Tom Ford returns to the bigscreen after 2009’s “A Simple Man” with this adaptation of late writer Austrin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan.”
Sales: FilmNation (international); CAA (domestic)
“A Quiet Passion”
Director: Terence Davies
Producers: Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter, Potemkino, Jason Van Eman, Ben McConley, Dominic Ianno, Stuart Pollok, Jason Moring
Key cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle
The life of poet Emily Dickinson
Sales: DDI, UTA handling U.S.
Director: Austin Stark
Producers: Paper Street Films
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda
The portrait of an idealistic but flawed politician forced to confront his dysfunctional past after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
Sales: Fortitude Intl.
Director: Steven Shainberg
Producers: Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie
Key cast: Noomi Rapace
A single mother struggling to raise her son is abducted by a mysterious organization.
Sales: Ambi Distribution
“Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans”
Directors: Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna
Producer: John McKenna
Doc has its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section.
Sales: Content Media
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Producers: Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes, Ric Roman Waugh, Jonathan King
Key cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
The Relativity release in the U.S., follows a gangster newly released from prison who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang.
“Salt and Fire”
Director: Werner Herzog
Producers: Michael Benaroya, Werner Herzog, Pablo Cruz, Nina Maag
Key cast: Veronica Ferres, Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal
Supervolcano thriller set in South America.
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Producer: Agustin Almodovar
Key cast: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suarez
One woman’s life from 1985 to the present.
Director: Bruno Dumont
Producers: 3B Productions, Arte France Cinema, Pictanovo, Twenty Twenty Vision
Key cast: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche et Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Dark comedy in the vein of “Li’l Quinquin”
Sales: Memento Films Intl.
“The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”
Director: Bill Purple
Producers: Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Mike Landry, Carlos Velazquez, Chuck Pacheco
Key cast: Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel
Romantic drama, with a score by Justin Timberlake
Sales: Content Media