The Lineup For The 70th Cannes Film Festival Is Here

Lynch, Kidman, and Netflx are among the highlights of next month’s festival

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its upcoming 70th edition, and if you’re a fan of auteur-driven cinema, cult TV show revivals, or Nicole Kidman, then there’s something in it for you. The tradition-heavy festival isn’t known for embracing television, but the prospect of having David Lynch walk the red carpet at the premiere of his first major work in a decade was too good to pass up, so Cannes will premiere the first two episodes of Twin Peaks before the new episodes drop on Showtime on May 21.

Kidman, fresh off of her MVP award for Big Little Lies, has four projects at Cannes including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which is premiering in competition. The others are John Cameron Mitchell’s graphic novel adaptation How to Talk to Girls At Parties, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Jane Campion’s second season of Top of the Lake, which will be premiering in its entirety. In unrelated news, Kidman hates free time. 

Netflix will be at Cannes too, with the Bong Joon-ho fantasy Okja, about a girl who befriends a giant animal and a Tilda Swinton who tries to take that animal away, as well as Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, which stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler as adult brothers contending with an aging father. This year also marks the return of Michael Haneke with Happy End, a movie that stars Isabelle Huppert and is set against Europe’s refugee crisis. Haneke is a favorite son of the festival, having won the Palme d'Or twice, and Happy End is an early frontrunner for the top prize. 

Cannes runs from May 17 to the 28, and the festival’s full lineup can be seen below. 


Loveless, Andrei Zvyagintsev

Good Time, Benny and Josh Safdie

You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay

L'Amant Double, Francois Ozon

A Gentle Creature, Sergei Loznitsa

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos

Hikari (Radiance), Naomi Kawase

The Day After, Hong Sangsoo

Le Redoutable, Michel Hazanavicius

Wonderstruck, Todd Haynes

Happy End, Michael Haneke

The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola

120 Battements par Minute, Robin Campillo

Okja, Bong Joon-Ho

Aus dem Nichts (In the Fade), Fatih Akin

Les Fantomes D’Ismael, Arnaud Desplechin

The Meyerowitz Stories, Noah Baumbach


How to Talk to Girls at Parties, John Cameron Mitchell

Visages, Villages, Agnes Varda & JR

Mugen Non Junin (Blade of the Immortal), Takashi Miike

Un Certain Regard 

Barbara, Mathieu Amalric

A Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride) by Cecilia Atan &Valeria Pivato

Tesnota (Closeness) by Kantemir Balagov

Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty and The Dogs), Kaouther Ben Hania

L’Atelier, Laurent Cantet

Fortunata (Lucky), Sergio Castellito

Las Hijas de Abril (April's Daughter), Michel Franco

Western, Valeska Grisebach

Posoki (Directions), Stephan Komandarev

Out, Gyorgy Kristof

Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (Before We Vanish), Kiyoshi Kurosawa

En Attendant Les Hirondelles (The Nature of Time), Karim Moussaoui

Lerd (Dregs), Mohammad Rasoulof

Jeune Femme, Leonor Serrraille

Wind River, Taylor Sheridan

Apres La Guerre (After the War), Annarita Zambrano

Special Screenings

Claire’s Camera, Hong Sangsoo

12 Jours, Raymond Depardon

They, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Promised Land, Eugene Jarecki

Napalm, Claude Lanzmann

Demons in Paradise, Jude Ratman

Sea Sorrow, Vanessa Redgrave

An Inconvenient Sequel, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

Midnight Screenings

The Villainess, Jung Byung-Gil

The Merciless, Byun Sung-Hyun

Prayer Before Dawn, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

Virtual Reality Film

Carne y Arena, Alejandro G. Inarritu

70th Anniversary Events

Top of the Lake: China Girl, Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman

24 Frames, Abbas Kiarostami

Twin Peaks, David Lynch

Come Swim, Kristen Stewart