Cannes 2018 wrap up

The Festival where paparazzi wear tuxedos and selfies are banned.
It’s the most important and prestigious celebration of cinema in the world. The Cannes Film Festival has opened and the film industry showcase promises a rich spectacle where the sophistication of the host nation is embraced and no-one will take a red carpet selfie – they’ve been barred.

“You don’t come to Cannes to see yourselves, you come to see films... and in a selfie people always look really ugly,” said Festival Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux said.

Go Thierry! And he is right: Cannes is all about films and this year there’s a potent mix of intriguing releases from icons of world cinema, Hollywood heavyweights and indie scene darlings. Here are the films we are most excited about:

This may well be one of the festival’s most talked about movies. Lars Von Trier returns - after a 7 year ban for inappropriate remarks about Adolf Hitler – with a grisly film about a mass murderer played by Matt Dillon. Irony aside, this epic, head-banging horror thriller takes you into the darkest corners of the human soul. Kill Bill’s Uma Thurman co-stars.

With former winner Spike Lee spearheading this drama, it may well be the contender for this year’s Palme d’Or. It chronicles the remarkable real-life story of black police officer Ron Stallworth who masterminded the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in 1978, ultimately becoming head of his local chapter. It stars Adam Driver, Topher Grace and in the lead role, Denzel Washington’s son, John David. Get Out director Jordan Peele produces.

Legendary Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi leaves his mother-tongue behind to direct this Spanish language thriller starring Penelope Cruz and real-life husband Javier Bardem. It’s a film about earth-shattering family secrets and Farhadi, 2012’s Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, knows just how to deliver the blows: with timely, restrained and devastating force.

It seems a fairly innocuous title but Eve Husson’s latest film is anything but ordinary. Girls of the Sun is the name of a Kurdish female battalion which sets out to reclaim its town from extremists and bring home the leader’s hostage son. It’s a story of resistance, hope and sisterhood starring Iranian talent Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).

When your previous film is endorsed by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, you have to be doing something rather special. The director of It Follows made a huge impression at Cannes four years ago and his latest feature starring Academy Award winner Andrew Garfield is also gathering lots of momentum. Garfield plays an obsessed neighbour in this psychedelic film noir from the producer of Moonlight and The Social Network.

The film may be set in a dystopian future but it mirrors some disturbing truths about our current world. Black Panther’s Michael B Jordan stars in this thriller based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about distorting facts, rewriting history and controlling the masses with fear and fire.

The big hitter from Hollywood this year is the blockbuster prequel chronicling Han Solo’s early space pirating days. The film is holding its world premiere at the festival with director Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover in attendance. Word has it, this latest release in the epic Star Wars franchise is one of the best yet. The force may truly be with this one.

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