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As one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Cannes introduces audiences to movies that will stick around through Oscars season. As the 2017 festival approaches, here are some highly anticipated films from returning directors.

HAPPY END Dir. Michael Haneke

The Cannes Film Festival and Michael Haneke know each other well, going back to Haneke’s 1997 film Funny Games. Since then, nearly all of his movies have made it into competition. This will be Haneke’s seventh opportunity to win the festival’s top prize (Palme d’Or), which he’s won twice before. The auteur’s latest feature, Happy End, is about a family in Calais, France in the midst of the refugee crisis. Haneke’s films have stunned audiences through their surprising honesty and unflinching approach to their subject matter. So, Happy End should prove to be another fascinating installment from one of the world’s most renowned auteurs.


Lynne Ramsey hasn’t exactly been prolific since entering the fray with her 1999 debut feature Ratcatcher. Since then, she’s only made two films Morvern Callar and the critical hit, We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011). At last, Ramsey returns with another film, after a six year absence. You Were Never Really Here features Joaquin Phoenix as a war vet who tries to save a woman from sex-trafficking. 

WONDERSTRUCK – Dir. Todd Haynes

Fresh off the critical success of his beautifully and painfully restrained romance, Carol (2015), acclaimed director Todd Haynes returns with Wonderstruck a film that has two different storylines that occur decades apart. The film stars Julianne Moore and rising star, Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon).

THE BEGUILED – Dir. Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola’s latest film is said to be both, a remake of the Don Siegal-Clint Eastwood western and an adaptation of the Thomas P. Cullinan novel, A Painted Devil. The film features Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in a predominantly female cast. Many fans of the director (myself included) will be thrilled to know that the feature will arrive in the states only weeks after its Cannes Premiere.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER – Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

Probably the most prominent member of Greek cinema working today, Yorgos Lanthimos returns after his hilarious and at times grim comedy, The Lobster (2017). The Killing of a  Sacred Deer marks his second time in competition. The drama is about a surgeon who becomes troubled when the teen that he’s adopted grows more and more malevolent. Fans of Lanthimos 2017 hit, will be happy to hear that the feature reunites him with Colin Farrell. The always fantastic Nicole Kidman joins the cast, as well. 

OKJA – Dir. Bong Joon-Ho

Director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host and Mother) returns with the Netflix feature, Okja, a film about a girl who finds a unique beast that she risks everything to protect. The movie reunites Joon-Ho and Snowpiercer standout, Tilda Swinton and also features performances from Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal.  

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