The Cannes Film Festival 2017 Has Docked in France

The Cannes Film Festival 2017 Has Docked in France

Is it too much to ask for an invitation?

By Siobhan Taylor and Kim Trinh | 18th May 2017

The red carpet was rolled out yesterday for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, welcoming stars from around the world, including Susan Sarandon, Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, and Will Smith.

As stars from around the world descend upon this prestigious event to celebrate the international film industry, everyone's eyes and ears were curious to see what would the stars wear on the red carpet of the opening gala. After all, it is an 11-day event - that's like packing for a luxury holiday where every day is a chance to dress-up!

The opening gala was enough to get us excited for the remainder of the festival. Susan Sarandon, goddess among mere mortals, graced the red carpet in a figure hugging emerald-green gown which showed off her beautiful figure and incredible cleavage. With casual sunnies and minimal makeup, Susan had the paparazzi weak at the knees. She's just so fu**ing glamourous.

Julianne Moore took the red carpet to a new level in a beautiful, blood red Givenchy Couture gown with ornate embossment and fluttering embellishment. US starlet Elle Fanning stunned the crowd with a hand-painted unicorn gown in an eye-catching collaborating with iconic fashion-powerhouse Vivienne Westwood. Elle, who describes herself as a "unicorn flower child at heart, mixed with a schoolboy and the occasional Cali surfer dude" undoubtedly bought her own personality to the gown.

Our very own Nicole Kidman is tipped to steal the show this year, with three films being showcased. As patriotic Australians we are positively beaming!  Maybe this will finally shush the remaining doubters who still only see her as "one of Tom cruises ex-wives", as opposed to the dynamic and versatile actress she undoubtedly is.

Enough about the fashion - can you imagine the decadence of the parties?! It's expected each country will have soirée tents and star studded yachts. Picture Ibiza but with more class and fewer college students. Toast the champers!

See below for a full list of showcasing films - we can only guess which standout features will be awarded prestigious accolades such as Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director), and Prix du Jury (Jury Prize).

Official selection

Opening film – out of competition

Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)


(BPM) Beats Per Minute (dir: Robin Campillo)

The Beguiled (dir: Sofia Coppola)

The Day After (dir: Hong Sang-soo)

A Gentle Creature (dir: Sergei Loznitsa)

Good Time (dirs: Benny & Josh Safdie)

Happy End (dir: Michael Haneke)

In the Fade (dir: Fatih Akin)

Jupiter’s Moon (dir: Kornél Mundruczó)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos)

Redoubtable (dir: Michel Hazanavicius)

Loveless (dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev)

The Meyerowitz Stories (dir: Noah Baumbach)

Okja (dir: Bong Joon-ho)

Radiance (dir: Naomi Kawase)

The Square (dir: Ruben Ostlund)

Wonderstruck (dir: Todd Haynes)

You Were Never Really Here (dir: Lynne Ramsay)

Un Certain Regard

Barbara (dir: Mathieu Amalric) – opening film

April’s Daughter (dir: Michel Franco)

Beauty and the Dogs (dir: Kaouther Ben Hania)

Before We Vanish (dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Closeness (dir: Kantemir Balagov)

The Desert Bride (dir: Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)

Directions (dir: Stephan Komandarev)

Dregs (dir: Mohammad Rasoulof)

Jeune Femme (dir: Léonor Serraille)

L’Atelier (dir: Laurent Cantet)

La Cordillera (dir: Santiago Mitre)

Lucky (dir: Sergio Castellitto)

The Nature of Time (dir: Karim Moussaoui)

Out (dir: György Kristóf)

Walking Past the Future (dir: Li Ruijun)

Western (dir: Valeska Grisebach)

Wind River (dir: Taylor Sheridan)

Out of competition

Based on a True Story (dir: Roman Polanski)

Blade of the Immortal (dir: Takashi Miike)

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (dir: John Cameron Mitchell)

Visages, Villages (dirs: Agnès Varda & JR)

Midnight screenings

A Prayer Before Dawn (dir: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)

The Merciless (dir: Byun Sung-hyun)

The Villainess (dir: Jung Byung-gil)

Special screenings

12 Jours (dir: Raymond Depardon)

24 Frames (dir: Abbas Kiarostami)

An Inconvenient Sequel (dir: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk)

Carré 35 (dir: Eric Caravaca)

Claire’s Camera (dir: Hong Sang-soo)

Demons in Paradise (dir: Jude Ratman)

Le Vénérable W (dir: Barbet Schroeder)

Napalm (dir: Claude Lanzmann)

Promised Land (dir: Eugene Jarecki)

Sea Sorrow (dir: Vanessa Redgrave)

They (dir: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh)

Top of the Lake (TV – dir: Jane Campion)

Twin Peaks (TV – dir: David Lynch)

Children’s screening

Zombillénium (dir: Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord)

Virtual reality

Carne y Arena (dir: Alejandro G Iñárritu)

Directors Fortnight

A Ciambra (dir: Jonas Carpignano)

Alive in France (dir: Abel Ferrara)

L’Amant d’un Jour (dir: Philippe Garrel)

Bushwick (dirs: Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott)

Cuori Puri (dir: Roberto de Paolis)

The Florida Project (dir: Sean Baker)

Frost (dir: Sharunas Bartas)

I Am Not a Witch (dir: Rungano Nyoni)

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (dir: Bruno Dumont)

L’Intrusa (dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo)

La Defensa Del Dragón (dir: Natalia Santa)

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (dir: Mouly Surya)

Mobile Homes (dir: Vladimir De Fontenay)

Nothingwood (dir: Sonia Kronlund)

Ôtez-moi d’un Doute (dir: Carine Tardieu)

Patti Cake$ (dir: Geremy Jasper) – closing film

The Rider (dir: Chloé Zhao)

Un Beau Soleil Intérieur (dir: Claire Denis) – opening film

West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited) (dir: Amos Gitai)

Critics’ Week


Ava (dir: Léa Mysius)

La Familia (dir: Gustavo Rondón Córdova)

Gabriel and the Mountain (dir: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa)

Makala (dir: Emmanuel Gras)

Oh Lucy! (dir: Atsuko Hirayanagi)

Los Perros (dir: Marcela Said)

Tehran Taboo (dir: Ali Soozandeh)

Special Screenings

Sicilian Ghost Story (dir: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza) – opening film

Brigsby Bear (dir: Dave McCary) – closing film

Bloody Milk (dir: Hubert Charuel)

A Violent Life (dir: Thierry de Perretti)

Feature Image: @harpersbazaarus, @sarasampaio, @ralphandrusso

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Article by Siobhan Taylor and Kim Trinh

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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