The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival will be held this year from May 13th-24th. French film director Agnès Varda will be presented with the honorary Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony, earning the title of the first female filmmaker to ever receive the award. With all the excitement taking place in just a few days, here is a list of the five most-buzzed about films screening at the festival:
Director: Shintaro Shimosawa
The Scoop: Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino are paired together on the big screen for the first time in this corporate thriller. Josh Duhamel and Malin Akerman co-star. Lionsgate owns domestic rights for the film.
Director: Michael Grandage
The Scoop: Currently in post production, it’s adapted from A. Scott Berg‘s biography of renowned book editor Max Perkins, who worked with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Guy Pearce, and will likely start a bidding war among U.S. distributors.
A Hologram for the King
Director: Tom Tykwer
The Scoop: Starring Tom Hanks, this indie drama tells the story of a washed-up businessman who attempts to reinvent his career in the Middle East. Expect to hear a lot more about this film in coming months.
Director: Tom Ford
The Scoop: Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, the film tells two stories: that of a woman, Susan, who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, forcing her to confront painful truths about herself; and that of the manuscript, Nocturnal Animals, about a man whose family vacation turns deadly.
Please Stand By
Director: Ben Lewin
The Scoop: The talented Dakota Fanning will portray a young woman with autism who takes a road trip to Hollywood for a script contest with her nurse played by Helen Hunt. The script is written by Michael Golamco, whose credits include ‘Grimm’ and ‘The Achievers.’
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