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Cannes 2016: No Indian film makes it to the film festival

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 18:34 IST
The Out of Competition section will see Stephen Spielberg’s The BFG, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and the Korean thriller Goksung from director Na Hong-Jin competing with each other.

No Indian movie has made it to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. At least, there was none to be found in the list of official selections announced on Thursday at a press conference in Paris by the festival chief Thierry Fremaux and the festival president Pierre Lescure.

Forty-nine movies have been included in the list in various sections like Competition, Out of Competition, A Certain Regard and Special Screenings.

The festival will open on May 11 with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, a drama set in the cafe culture of America in the 1930s. Jeff Nichols’ inner-racial romance Loving will be part of Competition, along with along with Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaid, Sean Penn’s latest, The Last Face, and Daniel Blake, from the British veteran, Ken Loach, who has given us gems like The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Angel’s Share and Jimmy’s Hall.

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Some of the other Competition titles are Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, a feature made for Amazon, Family Photos from Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (who gave that brilliant 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Sieranevada from fellow Romanian director Cristi Puiu, Paul Verhoven’s Elle and two works from The Philippines : Aquarius from Kleber Mendonça Filho and Ma Rosa from Brillante Mendoza.

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Also in Competition for the top Palm d’Or will be Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, starring Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard, and Jim Jarmusch, another Cannes regular, returns with his latest, Paterson, featuring Adam Driver.

Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, The Unknown Girl from Belgium’s Dardenne Brothers and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper will also be vying for the Golden Palm as too Slack Bay from French director Bruno Dumond, Staying Vertical from Alain Guiraudie and Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon (the first German title in Competition in many years).

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In all, forty-nine films have been included in the list in various sections like Competition, Out of Competition, A Certain Regard and Special Screenings.

For the first ever time in the history of Cannes, the top Palm d’Or winner will close the festival on May 22, and Fremaux called this an “experiment”.

In Out of Competition, we will have Stephen Spielberg’s The BFG, featuring Mark Rylance as the voice of the titular Big Friendly Giant, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer and the Korean thriller Goksung from director Na Hong-Jin.

The Cannes festival’s A Certain Regard will consist of the Iranian drama Inversion, The Dancer from French auteur Stephanie Di Giusto starring Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily Rose Melody Depp and Hirokazu Koreeda’s After the Storm, and the Argentine work The Long Night from director Francisco Marquez, among many others.

Here is the full list -- which may see a few additions in the coming days.


1. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

2. Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)

3. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)

4. Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)

5. The Son Of Joseph {La Fille Inconnue} (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)

6. It’s Only The End Of The World {Juste La Fin Du Monde} (Xavier Dolan)

7. Slack Bay {Ma Loute} (Bruno Dumont)

8. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

9. Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)

10. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)

11. From The Land Of The Moon {Mal De Pierres} (Nicole Garcia)

12. I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)

13. Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)

14. Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)

15. Loving (Jeff Nichols)

16. The Handmaiden {Agassi} (Park Chan-Wook)

17. The Last Face (Sean Penn)

18. Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)

19. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)

20. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)

Out Of Competition

1. Café Society (Woody Allen)

2. The BFG (Steven Spielberg)

3. Goksung (Na Hong-Jin)

4. Money Monster (Jodie Foster)

5. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)

A Certain Regard

1. Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)

2. Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)

3. Voir Du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)

4. La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)

5. Eshtebak (Mohamed Diab)

6. La Tortue Rouge (Michael Dudok De Wit)

7. Fuchi Ni Tatsu (Fukada Kôji)

8. Omor Shakhsiya (Maha Haj)

9. Me’ever Laharim Vehagvaot (Eran Kolirin)

10. After The Storm (Hirokazu Kore-Eda)

11. Hymyilevä Mies (Juho Kuosmanen)

12. La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa)

13. Caini (Bogdan Mirica)

14. Pericle Il Nero (Stefano Mordini)

15. The Transfiguration (Michael O’shea)

16. Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross)

17. Uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov)

Midnight Screenings

1. Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch)

2. Bu-San-Haeng (Yeon Sang-Ho)

Special Screenings

1. L’Ultima Spiaggia (Thanos Anastopoulos & Davide Del Degan)

2. Hissein Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)

3. La Mort De Louis XIV (Albert Serra)

4. Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali)

(Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered the Cannes Film Festival for 26 years.)

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