10 films we're most hoping to see at the Cannes Film Festival
From Asghar Farhadi to Nicolas Winding Refn, we're counting on a diverse slate
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1. "The Bastards"
Director: Claire Denis
Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Lindon
This is a no-brainer for me. Denis is, I think, the most prodigiously gifted filmmaker at work today, and she was in immaculate form the last time we heard from her: "35 Shots of Rum" and "White Material" both landed on my Top 10 of 2009 list, the latter at #1. Essentially, she could announce she's directing "The Green Lantern 2" and I'd be first in line. Denis's pithily titled latest suggests a return to the oblique genre-tinged territory of 2004's "The Intruder," and reunites the director with her superb "Friday Night" lead Vincent Lindon, as a ship captain roped into a revenge scheme by his widowed sister. Oddly enough, Denis has only once been in Competition at Cannes -- for her debut, "Chocolat," 25 years ago -- while her last four narrative features were all unveiled in Venice. That may be the case again this year, but Denis (who headed the Un Certain Regard jury three years ago) is sufficiently revered these days that a return to the world's premier film festival feels overdue -- and not just because organisers will want more women competing for the Palme d'Or after last year's embarrassing donut.