The 69th Festival de Cannes has wrapped up for the year with British Director Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake taking home the top prize from the French cinema exhibition. There are plenty of films worth paying attention to, and listed below are just a few of the many great trailers that caught my eye.
1. Patterson — Jim Jarmusch
Adam Driver plays New Jersey bus driver Paterson, a man who turns conversations he hears every day on the bus into poetry. Paterson’s partner is played by the talented Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly), and the story is inspired by the real-life poet William Carlos Williams.
2. American Honey — Andrea Arnold
British Director Andrea Arnold’s (Red Road, Fish Tank) latest film American Honey won the Jury Prize this year in the competition. The film was shot in the U.S.A., and this is the first time Arnold has a film set outside the U.K. A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending, and young love as she crisscrosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. It stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, and Riley Keough.
3. The Salesman (Forushande) — Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian director who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his film A Separation. This year at Festival de Cannes, The Salesman (Forushande) won Best Screenplay and Shabab Hosseini, who stars in the film, won Best Actor. Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran… only to end up finding conflict with the previous tenant of their new home.
4. The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue) — Dardenne Brothers
The Unknown Girl is the latest film from Belgium directors and past Palme d’or winners Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. A doctor (played by Adele Haenel) is haunted by the death of an unidentified immigrant. She attempts to uncover the identity of the girl, who died after she refused her treatment. This is the Dardenne brothers’ 10th feature, and they have used long time collaborator and cinematographer Alain Marcoen.
5. Toni Erdmann — Maren Ade
Toni Erdmann is a German drama comedy about a father (played by Peter Simonischek) who tries to reconnect with his adult daughter (Sandra Hüller). Watching the trailer, this is the first time I’ve seen a German comedy that feels just right. The film is by Director Maren Ade (Everyone Else, The Forest for the Trees), and won the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics In Competition category.
6. I, Daniel Blake — Ken Loach
I, Daniel Blake was this year’s 2016 Palme d’or Award winning film. It’s a social-realist film by British Director Ken Loach (Kes, Wind That Shakes the Barley). A middle-aged carpenter (played by Dave Johns) requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother (Hayley Squires) in a similar scenario. It shines a light on how many are strangled by the red tape of the benefits system, and is told in a very “Ken Loach” way that exhibits a mixture of directness, compassion, and realism.
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