You shouldn't think of the Cannes Film Festival as esoteric or foreign. Sure, Cannes is often considered the most globally-minded of all film festivals, bringing filmmakers, journalists, distributors and hookers from all over the world to party on the French Riviera. But this year's festival has a distinctly American feel. Steven Spielberg heads the jury. The lavish new Hollywood adaptation of classic American novel The Great Gatsby is the opening night feature. The official festival poster is an ancient still of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing. And many of the most anticipated movies are the works of familiar American directors or stars.
The festival, running May 15th to 26th, will include the premieres of a number of films that, by the end of this year, may well find their way to your local multiplex or arthouse, or even to the Oscar podium. Here are 15 of this year's Cannes movies to keep an eye on.
By Gary Susman