Col Needham's Top 10 Cannes Picks for 2019

by Col Needham | last updated - 1 week ago

I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb and these are the ten movies which I am most looking forward to seeing at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, starting with the opening night film and then in no particular order. As usual the festival promises to be an exciting blend of premieres from around the world in a magical environment, creating that je ne sais quoi which is Cannes.

I try to pick my Cannes films by knowing almost as little as I can about them so my comments below only give a few hints of what I am expecting.

These are all taken from my longer Cannes Interest List and I will copy items to my Cannes Film Festival 2019 list as I watch them.

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1. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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57 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Alyssa Maria App, Carl Arcilesi

Votes: 794

The opening night film with a cast to die for (sorry, could not resist :-) in the hands of Jim Jarmusch.

2. Rocketman (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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73 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 2,732

Director Dexter Fletcher finished Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and delivered a hit movie. Looking forward to what he can do with the Elton John story from a script by the talented Lee Hall, and having seen Taron Egerton sing a duet live with Elton earlier this year, the film looks to be something quite special.

3. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

159 min | Drama

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88 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning

Votes: 3,709


4. Too Old to Die Young (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

Explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles, following characters' existential journeys from killers to samurais.

Stars: Miles Teller, William Baldwin, Celestino Cornielle, Nell Tiger Free

In a relatively rare move, the festival is screening two hours and twenty minutes of Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming epic TV-series out-of-competition. It's going to be dark, twisted and fun!

5. Share (2019)

R | 87 min | Thriller

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73 Metascore

After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

Director: Pippa Bianco | Stars: Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 59

I am hoping to catch Pippa Bianco's movie fresh from its Sundance awards success (writing/acting) as I missed it in Park City due to schedule clashes.

6. Sorry We Missed You (2019)

100 min | Drama

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80 Metascore

A hard-up delivery driver and his wife struggle to get by in modern-day England.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor

Votes: 103

Ken Loach follows-up the emotional I, Daniel Blake (2016) with another look at life in modern-day UK.

7. Young Ahmed (2019)

84 min | Drama

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65 Metascore

A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou, Victoria Bluck

Votes: 138

The brothers Dardenne are always produce thought-provoking films.

8. Little Joe (2019)

100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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56 Metascore

Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.

Director: Jessica Hausner | Stars: Jessie Mae Alonzo, Emily Beecham, Leanne Best, Phénix Brossard

Votes: 85

This looks fascinating so looking forward to seeing where Jessica Hausner takes this.

9. Frankie (2019)

98 min | Drama

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54 Metascore

Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Marisa Tomei, Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear

Votes: 47

Isabelle Huppert is always a joy to watch.

10. Port Authority (2019)

94 min | Drama

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69 Metascore

Port Authority is a love story set in New York's kiki ballroom scene, and follows Paul, a 20 year old midwesterner, who arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches eyes with Wye,... See full summary »

Director: Danielle Lessovitz | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Louisa Krause

Votes: 29

The feature debut of Danielle Lessovitz

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