The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.
These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.
- Aquarius Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins
Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.
2. Julieta Country: ESPAÑA. Length: 96 mins
Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.
3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins
Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.
4. Personal Shopper Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins
French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.
5. The Last Face Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins
A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!