Cannes flings its doors wide open

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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


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