Text: Julie Gray
The Cannes Film Festival 2019, the annual festival's 72nd iteration, officially kicked off yesterday with a highly anticipated roster of Hollywood legends and a star-studded red carpet V all needed this season. Although past years have set both the sartorial and directorial bars high, we've rounded up four films to watch for following the festival.
The scene was set with Jim Jarmusch’s comedy-horror, "The Dead Don’t Die", the first-ever zombie flick to open the festival. The film has an A-list cast including Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, and Iggy Pop. If you like apocalyptic, crime-fighting cops, this movie is for you. Jarmusch won the Caméra d’Or First Feature Film prize back in 1984 for "Stranger Than Paradise".
25 years after taking home the Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino returns to Cannes with "Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood", a sixties drama starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in their first on-screen duo. The film takes place during the eerie time of the Manson murders, featuring Margot Robbie as the late Sharon Tate and Dakota Fanning as Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme.
Dexter Fletcher, the mastermind behind "Bohemian Rhapsody", is back again with another projected award victor. "Rocketman", a biopic following Sir Elton John through the seventies, stars Taron Egerton, whose portrayal will show the acclaimed artist at his best and worst through endless amounts of glitter and oversized sunglasses.
The first streaming series to make it to Cannes, "Too Old to Die Young" will premiere at this year’s festival starring Miles Teller, John Hawkes and Jena Malone. It’s been one year since Netflix decided not to screen anything at Cannes, after a new rule banned any movie from competition that is not released in theaters. It looks like Amazon may be filling its spot. Nicolas Winding Refn, who won best director at Cannes in 2011 for "Drive", is the man behind this thrilling new series exploring everything from corrupt cops to cartel members and teenage killers.
The Cannes Film Festival runs through May 25.