Magazine article Variety

5 Lessons from the Cannes Fest Lineup

Magazine article Variety

5 Lessons from the Cannes Fest Lineup

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Last week, Cannes announced its official selection, and though only Pedro Almodovar's "Julieta" and Matt Ross' Sundance entry "Captain Fantastic" have screened, the lineup reveals some developing trends in world cinema. Expect more fresh talent when the Directors' Fortnight selection is announced April 19. peter debruce

THE FRENCH LOVE KRISTEN STEWART: The "Twilight" star will appear in two films, alongside Jesse Eisenberg in Woody Allen's opening-night "Café Society" and exploring the spooky side of Paris' fashion world in "Personal Shopper." Her last appearance in Cannes, playing Juliette Binoche's personal assistant in "Clouds of Sils Maria," earned Stewart a César award, making her the first American actress to win one.

THEY MIGHT BE WARMING TO MARION COTILLARD: She may have an Oscar, but the French tend to look down their noses at Cotillard. That said, she's been a Cannes fixture since 2011, and with two films in competition this year - Canadian Wunderkind Xavier Dolan's "It's Only the End of the World" and Nicole Garcia's "From the Land of the Moon" - she has double the chance of earning their respect.

FEWER USUAL SUSPECTS, MORE CHANCE FOR DISCOVERY: With first dibs at the world's top auteurs, Cannes can get a little crusty at times, although this year, strong lesser-known talents - including Berlin Silver Bear winner Maren Ade ("Toni Erdmann") and impressive Brazilian critic-turned-helmer Kleber Mendonça Filho ("Aquarius") - will join such familiar names as Ken Loach ("I, Daniel Blake"), Jim Jarmusch ("Paterson") and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ("The Unknown Girl"). …

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