With the Netflix vs. Cannes debate the focus of attention last week, this week has seen the film festival get back to talking about the films it is including and adding a few notable inclusions to what seemed a rather underwhelming initial line-up.
Late additions to this year’s line-up include “Enter the Void” and “Irreversible” director Gaspar Noe’s new film “Climax” which no-one seems to know anything about, “Embrace of the Serpent” director Ciro Guerra’s “Birds Of Passage,” the Nic Cage-led hyper-violent “Mandy,” and Debra Granik’s Sundance hit “Leave No Trace” which will all be a part of the Director’s Fortnight slate.
Three more films joined the official competition line-up including former Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan with “The Wild Pear Tree,” Yann Gonzalez debuting “Knife + Heart”, and Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Akya”.
A few key out-of-competition additions are getting attention. There’s Zhang Yimou’s Three Kingdoms Era-set martial arts epic “Shadow” which also boasts a beautiful new poster you can see here. There’s also Ramin Bahrani’s HBO film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451” with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, and “Touching the Void” director Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston doco “Whitney”.
However it’s two other out-of-competition last-minute inclusions that are drawing all the attention. Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will serve as the event’s closing film, and Lars von Trier, who was officially banned from the competition, and will return to Cannes with his Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman-led serial killer film “The House That Jack Built” which also debuted a teaser trailer you can see below.
The films will be judged by not only Jury President Cate Blanchett but several other familiar faces including actors Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Chang Chen along with directors Denis Villeneuve, Ava DuVernay, Andrei Zvyagintsev and Robert Guediguian and Burundian musical artist Khadja Nin. This year’s festival runs May 8th-19th.