Xavier Dolan just can't stay away from the Cannes Film Festival. Last year's Special Jury prize winner for “Mommy” thought he should have won the Palm d'Or and now he'll be part of the jury deciding that prestigious honor. Oh, my.
The Cannes Film Festival announced the Jury today which also includes Guillermo Del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal Sienna Miller, Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Rokia Traore and Jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen. That's quite a Hollywood contingent for Cannes most important clique.
Almost always political and rarely unanimous, the Cannes Jury was led by Jane Campion in 2014. That group selected “Winter Sleep” as their Palm d'Or winner while many believed “Leviathan” or “Foxcatcher” deserved the honor.
The Festival also announced its Director's Fortnight selections this morning. This is the section of the festival where “Blue Ruin” made its debut over the past few years. There are usually often one or two buzzed about Sundance premieres that cross the Atlantic for an international audience. This year “Dope” earns that honor.
Here are all of this year's Director's Fortnight films:
In The Shadow Of Women (Opening Night)
Peace to Us in Our Dreams, dir: Sharunas Bartas
Songs My Brothers Taught Me, dir: Chloé Zhao
The Here After, dir: Magnus von Horn
Mustang, dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Green Room, dir: Jeremy Saulnier
Much Loved, dir: Nabil Ayouch
The Brand New Testament, dir: Jaco Van Dormael
Les Cowboys, dir: Thomas Bidegain
Arabian Nights, dir: Miguel Gomes
My Golden Years, dir: Arnaud Desplechin
Allende Mi Abuelo Allende, dir: Marcia Tambutti
A Perfect Day, dir: Fernando León de Aranoa
Fatima, dir: Philippe Faucon
El Abrazo De La Serpiente, dir: Ciro Guerra
Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld, dir: Takashi Miike (Special Screening)
Dope, dir: Rick Famuyiwa (Closing Night)
Rate Me, dir: Fyzal Boulifa
Quintal, dir: André Novais Oliveira
Quelques Secondes, dir: Nora El Hourch
Pueblo, dir: Elena Lopez Riera
Provas, Exorcismos, dir: Susana Nobre
Pitchoune, dir: Reda Kateb
Kung Fury, dir: David Sandberg
El Pasado Roto, dirs: Martín Morgenfeld & Sebastián Schjaer
Calme Ta Joie, dir: Emmanuel Laskar
Bleu Tonnerre, dir: Jean-Marc E. Roy & Philippe David Gagné
The Exquisite Corpus, dir:
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13-23. Look for complete coverage on HitFix and In Contention.