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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Director: Hiner Saleem
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Korkmaz Arslan
Sticking with the Middle Eastern theme, I'm going to ask you to permit me a wildcard choice here. I only have sketchy details on this one, and confess I'm only spottily familiar with Kurdish auteur Saleem's filmography: I've seen his sparky 2003 film "Vodka Lemon," but not "Kilometre Zero," which earned him his first Cannes Competition slot in 2005. But the buzz surrounding his latest on the festival inside track is significant: glowing reports of the project and its script suggest this could be a festival breakout. Something of a Middle Eastern western, apparently, the film follows a virtuous police chief attempting to bring reform to a corrupt village in Iraqi Kurdistan, and studies the challenges of post-Saddam democracy. It's a fool's errand trying to spot the under-the-radar hit at Cannes, but if this shows up in the Competition lineup, it could be the one.