Jamie Neish: Which films will carry Cannes?

Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Grace. Picture: contributed

Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Grace. Picture: contributed

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It’s that time of year again, when the Cannes Film Festival invades the famous seaside resort on the French Riviera and the Promenade de la Croisette is abuzz with industry professionals, critics, film enthusiasts and A-list celebrities. Now in its 67th year, the festival shows no sign of slowing down, and continues to host some of the most anticipated new films from around the world.

A few of those have premiered already to mixed reactions. Grace of Monaco, below, the Grace Kelly biopic that’s enjoyed a turbulent ride to the screen, drew some of the worst reviews for a Cannes opener in recent memory.

Another biopic, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, faired better, with many critics labelling it an early favourite to win the coveted Palme d’Or.

Elsewhere, the festival has premiered new films by Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep), the Dardennes Brothers (Two Days, One Night) and Bennett Miller, whose Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum sounds like a must-see and will be released later in the year.

That these films are incuded in the line-up shows that not only is the festival still in its prime, but that artistic director Thierry Fremaux hasn’t lost his capability to woo some of the best directors and stars to the annual 12-day event.

With many premieres still to take place (including Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall), Cannes’ excitement is far from over. Best of all, it’s only the start of the film festival season, which includes next month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Will any of Cannes’ impressive line-up make it to the Capital? We will soon find out.

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