Cannes flings its doors wide open
clothing, or the lack of it. Accordingly, on May 26, burkiniclad activists will descend on the Croisette to protest at the town’s banning of the full-body swimsuits last year, ostensibly over their religious affiliations. Given Cannes’ political skew to the right, the residents may have something to say about it. How did an upstart video streaming service break into film culture’s beau monde in less than four years? Answer: by funnelling money towards respected directors until said beau monde could no longer ignore it. That’s how two Netflix originals,g Bong g Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The he Meyerowitz Stories, ended up in this year’s competition tion strand for the first time, me, despite Cannes’ historicalcal antipathy towardsrds the company. Amazon, zon, which made a breakthrough in n 2016 when it hadad three films in the he official selection, n, returns with two wo more: Lynne Ramsay’s peopletrafficking thriller You Were Never Really Here, and Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck, an adaptation of an experimental illustrated novel by Brian Selznick. Also in the Big Firsts department: the festival’s maiden virtual reality film, Flesh and Sand, from Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Birdman and The Revenant. Cannes’ support for a medium so new it still feels half-formed is the biggest artistic vote of confidence it could get.
Cannes may have flung its doors wide for its anniversary year, but there’s one notable omission from its guest list. At the time of writing, not one of the 105 features across the official and parallel selections is the product of a Hollywood studio, and though Frémaux has been known to add films at the last minute, none of the most widely rumoured con contenders would change that. T The one blockbuster the festival reportedlyrep had its heart set on was Christopher Nolan’sNolan Dunkirk: alas, the SecondSecon World War epic wasn wasn’t ready.
AnyAn given evening outsideou the Palais this year,ye there’s a 33 per centce chance of Nicole Kidman.K The AustralianAu actress has a remarkable four projectspr in the official selection,se including twotw films in com competition, both of which look likely to spark controv controversy. Sofia Coppola Coppola’s The Beguiled is a
TV drama, virtual reality and a surfeit of Nicole Kidman. Our chief film critic presents his guide to this year’s festival
Beguiled, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties which co-stars Elle Fanning, above. Will Smith, below, is one of the festival’s judges
Leading lady: Nicole Kidman has a remarkable four films in the official selection this year, including The