Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cannes 2015: Woody Allen, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and No Terrence Malick


Sacre bleu! Cannes 2015 was announced this morning. There’s a strong mix of films, with directors Todd Haynes, Gus van Sant, and Jacques Audiard in competition. But of course, out of competition there are new movies from Woody Allen, and a first film by our very own Natalie Portman, formerly of Long Island. And the big talk is the movies that didn’t make it. Like, what happened to “Knight of Cups” from Terrence Malick? After “To the Wonder,” I was hoping for a good, long nap again. But there’s no sign of it! And you know, this is never the whole story. There will inevitably be a couple of additions.



Dheepan (working title), dir: Jacques Audiard

A Simple Man, dir: Stephane Brize

Marguerite and Julien, dir: Valerie Donzelli

The Tale of Tales, dir: Matteo Garrone

Carol, dir: Todd Haynes

The Assassin, dir: Hou Hsiao Hsien

Mountains May Depart, dir: Jia Zhang-Ke

Our Little Sister, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Macbeth, dir: Justin Kurzel

The Lobster, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Mon Roi, dir: Maiwenn

Mia Madre, dir: Nanni Moretti

Son of Saul, dir: Laszlo Nemes

Youth, dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Louder Than Bombs, dir: Joachim Trier

The Sea of Trees, dir: Gus Van Sant

Sicario, dir: Denis Villeneuve


Madonna, dir: Shin Suwon

Maryland, dir: Anna Winocour

The Fourth Direction, dir: Gurvinder Singh

Masaan (Fly Away Solo), dir: Neeraj Ghaywan

Hruter (Rams), dir: Grimur Hakonarson

Kishibe No Tabi (Journey to the Shore), dir: Kurosawa Kiyoshi

Je Suis Un Soldat (I Am a Soldier), dir: Laurent Larivere

Zvizdan (The High Sun), dir: Dalibor Matanic

The Other Side, dir: Roberto Minervini

One Floor Below, dir: Radu Muntean

Shameless, dir: Oh Seung-Uk

The Chosen Ones, dir: David Pablos

Nahid, dir: Ida Panahandeh

The Treasure, dir: Corneliu Porumboiu


Mad Max: Fury Road, dir: George Miller

Irrational Man, dir: Woody Allen

Inside Out, dir: Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), dir: Mark Osborne


Oka, dir: Souleymane Cisse

Sipur Al Ahava Ve Choshech (A Tale of Love and Darkness), dir: Natalie Portman

Hayored Lema’ala, dir Elad Keidan

Amnesia, dir: Barbet Schroeder

Panama, dir: Pavel Vuckovic

Asphalte, dir: Samuel Benchetrit


O Piseu (Office), Dir: Hong Won-Chan

Amy, Dir: Asif Kapadia

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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