If it's May that means the south of France will soon become the center of the cinematic universe. For 11 days stars will rise, filmmakers will fall and random European celebrities will hit the festival's legendary red carpet. Yes, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is almost upon us.
Once again, HitFix will be providing complete coverage from la Croisette and not just because we're fond of the Ocean view. On the one hand, Cannes has reestablished itself as an awards player over the past few years, but it's also done everything it can to rival its Toronto cousin in Hollywood star power. This year finds the return of former amours Robert Pattinson (two films) and Kristen Stewart in separate projects, the long-awaited premieres of bumped awards season hopefuls "Grace of Monaco" and "Foxcatcher," a highly anticipated directorial debut (Mr. Ryan Gosling), a filmmaking legend's latest effort (some guy named Jean-Luc Godard), actors desperately seeking a comeback (we're looking at you Hilary Swank and Ryan Reynolds) and a couple of well-known Canadian directors looking to strike gold.
And that doesn't even take into account the more commercial films that will try and crash the festival for publicity reasons (an "Expendables 3" press call!) and the out-of-competition premiere of "How to Train Your Dragon 2."
With all that in mind, the HitFix staff have conjured up 12 movies we think everyone will be talking about on this side of the Atlantic. Find out who made the cut in the story gallery below.
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1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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