If you’re a purchaser, the Cannes Film Festival isn’t the place you go to catch a break. Including pageant sidebars like Critics’ Week and Director’s Fortnight, there are greater than 75 movies at Cannes from everywhere in the world — however with regards to English-language films, most are already spoken for.

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Netflix took the rights to Noah Baumbach’s household drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” whereas Amazon has each Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” A24 has by no means purchased a accomplished movie at Cannes, however the firm is launching 4 titles on the fest, together with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time.”

What’s left are primarily foreign-language movies from among the most revered indie auteurs in world. Most of those filmmakers are Cannes regulars with a historical past of promoting to each U.S. distributors and worldwide patrons.

Which movies will likely be topic of bidding wars?  Here are 9 sizzling titles that could possibly be prime targets.

“The Florida Project”

Marc Schmidt

1. “The Florida Project”
Section: Director’s Fortnight
Synopsis: The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of buddies whose summer time break is full of childhood marvel, chance and a way of journey whereas the adults round them wrestle with onerous occasions.
Sales Pitch: Sean Baker’s observe as much as his Sundance entry and Indie Spirit award-winning “Tangerine,” this drama starring Willem Dafoe is the one English-language characteristic movie out there for North American patrons, and is due to this fact positive to draw severe curiosity from distributors.
Language: English
Sales contact: ICM/CAA

2. “Loveless”
Section: Competition
Synopsis: Boris and Zhenya are a pair in Russia going by means of a divorce and promoting their condominium. Constantly arguing, the pair appear to be uninterested of their 12-year-old son Alyosha, till he goes lacking and so they have to come back collectively once more to seek out him.
Sales Pitch: Buyers will likely be swarming Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest movie, as his 2014 drama “Leviathan” was an official choice at Cannes in 2014 and took house the award for Best Screenplay. “Leviathan” was additionally nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Language: Russian
Sales contact: Wild Bunch



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three. “Redoubtable”
Section: Competition
Synopsis: Based on Anne Wiazemsky’s autobiography “Un An Après,” about her romance with Jean-Luc Godard through the making of the movie “La Chinoise,” “Redoubtable” opens in Paris in 1967 and covers the the unstable interval of civil unrest in France throughout May of 1968. Godard and Wiazemsky fell in love when Wiazemsky was simply 17 years outdated, and the pair have been a married couple for greater than a decade till their divorce in 1979.
Sales Pitch: “Redoubtable” marks the third Cannes title in a row from director Michel Hazanavicius after his 2011 Best Picture winner “The Artist” and 2014’s “The Search,” which screened in official competitors. “Redoubtable” stars “The Dreamers” actor Louis Garrel as Godard and “Nymphomaniac” actress Stacy Martin as Wiazemsky. The film will probably function catnip for Francofiles and cinephiles alike, so distributors will likely be paying particular consideration.
Language: French
Sales contact: CAA/Wild Bunch

“Let the Sunshine In”

four. “Let the Sunshine In”
Section: Director’s Fortnight
Synopsis: Isabelle, a single mother and divorced artist with one little one, is in search of love. True love finally.
Sales Pitch: New films from French filmmaker Claire Denis are all the time extremely anticipated occasions, and this drama has a very attention-grabbing solid with leads Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu. Denis’ earlier characteristic, 2013’s “Bastards,” performed in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and was acquired by IFC Films’ Sundance Selects label.
Language: French
Sales contact: Films Distribution


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5. “Filmworker”
Section: Cannes Classics
It’s a uncommon one who would quit fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for another person’s inventive imaginative and prescient. Yet, that’s precisely what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed efficiency as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.” The younger actor surrendered his thriving profession to grow to be Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. For greater than 20 years, Leon performed an important position behind-the-scenes serving to Kubrick make and keep his legendary physique of labor.
Sales Pitch:
Any documentary in regards to the work of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is more likely to entice severe curiosity from distributors. In addition to archival footage of Kubrick, the doc options appearances from actors Stellan Skarsgård, Matthew Modine, and Ryan O’Neal.
Sales contact:
Cinetic Media

“In the Fade”

6. “In the Fade”
Section: Competition
Synopsis: Katja’s life collapses after the loss of life of her husband and son in a bomb assault. After the time of mourning and injustice comes the time of revenge.
Sales Pitch: German-Turkish director Fatih Akin hasn’t had a film at Cannes for a number of years, however Akin is a extremely revered filmmaker who took house the pageant’s finest screenplay award in 2007 for “The Edge of Heaven.” His newest movie stars German-American actress Diane Kruger, who gained Cannes’ Chopard Trophy for feminine revelation for her efficiency within the 2004 interval warfare movie “Troy.”
Language: German
Sales contact: The Match Factory

“Jupiter’s Moon”

7. “Jupiter’s Moon”
Section: Competition
Synopsis: A younger immigrant is shot down whereas illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown right into a refugee camp, he’s smuggled out by Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives stay on the transfer seeking security and cash. Inspired by Aryan’s superb powers, Stern takes a leap of religion in a world the place miracles are trafficked for small change.
Sales Pitch: “Jupiter’s Moon” marks the fifth consecutive movie from Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s to premiere at Cannes, and follows his critically-acclaimed final characteristic “White Dog,” which took house the pageant’s Un Certain Regard award in 2014. Distributors will play shut consideration to “Jupiter’s Moon,” particularly Magnolia Pictures, which scooped up the the rights to “White Dog.”
Language: Hungarian
Sales contact: The Match Factory

eight. “A Ciambra”
Section: Director’s Fortnight
Synopsis: In a small Romani group in Calabria, Italy,14-year-old Pio Amato is determined to develop up quick. He follows his older brother Cosimo in every single place, studying the required expertise for all times on the streets, however when Cosimo disappears and issues begin to go mistaken, Pio units out to show he’s able to step into his large brother’s sneakers.
Sales Pitch: Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano caught the eye of the movie world together with his critically-acclaimed debut characteristic movie “Mediterranea,” which premiered at Cannes in 2015 as a part of the Critics’ Week lineup and was acquired by IFC Films’ Sundance Selects label. “A Ciambra” marks the primary movie to be produced beneath Martin Scorsese’s new fund to assist rising filmmakers.
Language: Italian
Sales contact: WME/LUXBOX Films

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Oh Lucy! from Atsuko Hirayanagi on Vimeo.

9. “Oh Lucy!”
Section: Critics’ Week
Synopsis: This drama-comedy tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima, a lonely, chain-smoking workplace woman in Tokyo who’s previous her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a brand new identification in her American alter ego, “Lucy,” and falls for her teacher, John (Josh Hartnett). When John out of the blue disappears, Setsuko earnestly units out on a quest to seek out him, finally main her to the outskirts of Southern California.
Sales Pitch: The debut characteristic movie Japanese filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi follows her 2014 wanting the identical identify that gained second place within the 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Selection. Distributors will likely be eager to forge a relationship with this younger new expertise.
Language: English and Japanese
Sales contact: UTA/Elle Driver

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