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Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.
With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.
Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.
Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.
Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the »
October saw the death of Andrzej Wajda, a filmmaker whom Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick described as “a great artist who consistently renewed the cinematic arts.” But who are the next wave of Polish directors to take the place of Wajda and his peers?
Agnieszka Holland, whose “Spoor” plays in Berlin’s competition, lauds Malgorzata Szumowska, who won a Berlin Silver Bear in 2013 with “Body,” and Tomasz Wasilewski, who snared the Silver Bear in 2016 with “United States of Love.”
Among the newcomers she singles out Agnieszka Smoczynska, whose “The Lure” won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance last year; Jan P. Matuszynski, whose “The Last Family” competed at Locarno in 2016; and Kuba Czekaj, whose “The Erlprince” plays in Berlin’s Generation section this year.
Holland says this younger generation is not political in the way the older filmmakers were, but “stylistically and in terms of modern expression they are much more powerful. »
- Leo Barraclough
Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska has been steadily making features since 2000, but her 2011 film Elles was an initial international breakout thanks to featuring French actress Juliette Binoche (who recently announced she will be producing another project with Szumowska in the near future).
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- Nicholas Bell
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