With the TriBeCa Film Festival happening earlier this Spring, the summer film festival season officially got underway. The big summer film festival though is the Cannes Film Festival which is running from May 15th to May 26th.
In the past these film festivals have been used by independent filmmakers to market their films to larger studios. Now, they are really just a place to be seen. I mean this year of all things, The Great Gatsby opened up the film festival. With a “modest” budget of $160 million it doesn’t seem these festivals highlight the best and brightest independent filmmakers.
That being said, there are some interesting films show. Some films that are different. Some films that aren’t Grown Ups 2, or Fast and the Furious 6.
Here are films you should be excited about coming out of Cannes.
1. Inside Llewlyn Davis (December 2013)
The Coen Brothers can really do no wrong. Inside Llewlyn Davis is the buzz of this year’s Cannes which tells the story of a singer-songwriters traveling through the folk scene in New York City during the 1960s. It’s of course a comedy and features newcomer Oscar Isaac, Cary Mulligan (who doesn’t look completely miserable), John Goodman and even Justin Timberlake(!).
2. The Bling Ring (June 14, 2013)
Based on actual events, The Bling Ring follows a group of fame obsessed teenagers who decide to rob mansions in the Hollywood Hills. They steal from Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Lindsay Lohan and many more. The film stars Emma Watson (Hermione), Leslie Mann and Gavin Rossdale. Even better the film is written and directed by Sofia Coppola.
3. Only God Forgives (July 19 2013)
Reuniting with the director of Drive, Ryan Gosling stars in this film about a drug smuggler living in Thailand who is forced by his mother to find the person responsible for killing his brother. Gosling’s co-stars include Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Burke.
4. As I Lay Dying (No US Release Date Yet)
Now, As I Lay Dying might not be receiving great reviews, but I am still intrigued. Based on the William Faulkner novel, As I Lay Dying follows a family en route to bury their mother. Each chapter is told from a different family member’s perspective. The great James Franco wrote, directed and produced this movie. I’m interested to see how this will turn out.
5. Nebraska (No US Release Date Yet)
Similar to the Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne can’t really do much wrong either. Director of The Descendants, Sideways and Election, Nebraska follows a father and son (played by Will Forte and Bruce Dern) as they travel across Nebraska to collect prize money. Sounds funny.