The highly-anticipated annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday, 14 May and, since then, social media feeds have been flooded with news from the red carpet as well as what went down at the various movie premieres. Did you see the endearing reaction from Rocketman star Taron Egerton when the film received a standing ovation from the audience? He’s charming even when he’s blubbery and teary-eyed!
So far, we’ve seen stars like Julianne Moore, Elle Fanning and Sir Elton John himself walk the red carpet and we’re looking forward to many more A-list appearances in the days to come. The festival concludes on 25 May.
While we await a round-up on the best-dressed celebs at Cannes, and before we take a look at the most memorable moments, you should know which films are being presented at the festival.
Here’s our list of the top six films to look out for at Cannes this year…
Tons of biopics are hitting cinemas this month, but this one, complete with dazzling costumes and a legendary soundtrack, tops our list. The movie gives insight into Elton John’s rise to fame, touching on his sexuality, near-fatal substance abuse, and work with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Perfectly capturing John’s razzmatazz is Kingsman star Taron Egerton – who sings, too! Out in cinemas on 7 June.
Watch the trailer here:
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
This is renowned director Quentin Tarantino’s 9th feature film and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. The all-star cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie as well as appearances from the likes of Al Pacino and Elle Fanning. The film tells the tale of TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) as they deal with an ever-changing film industry in 1969 LA. Out in cinemas on 9 August.
Pain & Glory
This Spanish drama film tells of an ageing director overcome by a sense of nostalgia. As his body and mind start to fail him, Salvador Mallo recalls friends, childhood memories, moments with lovers and his beloved mother. Spanish acting legends Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz star in this beautiful film that’s more like an artwork than a cinematic offering. Out in cinemas on 4 October.
The Dead Don’t Die
Adam Driver and Bill Murray team up to fight the un-dead in this dark dramedy from director Jim Jarmusch. The strange and highly entertaining film centers on the quiet town of Centerville in Pennsylvania that becomes overrun with zombies when the dead start to mysteriously rise from their graves. Expect equal amounts of dark comedy, dead-pan deliveries and ghoulish getups. SA release date TBC.
French acting doyenne Isabelle Huppert stars as the family matriarch in this touching drama. The film takes place in a single day and sees three generations come together for one last holiday in the beautiful Portuguese town of Sintra. Marisa Tomei and Brendan Gleeson also star. SA release date TBC.
French-Senegalese director Mati Diop has made history as the first black African woman to participate in the main competition at Cannes. Her debut film, Atlantique, follows the story of a young woman whose lover leaves his job in order to journey to Europe. When the bodies of his friends start to wash up on the shore, she wonders if he survived the trip. SA release date TBC.
By Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank