Cannes Film Festival 2017: Who And What To Watch Out For

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Some of Hollywood’s finest are packing their bags and scheduling in some last minute beauty treatments ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off later this week.

But who and what can we expect to see from one of the biggest events in an A-lister’s calendar?

A total of 18 movies will be in competition this year, including The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. The flick – which is a psychological thriller – stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone, so expect to see them getting in on some of the red carpet action.

Nicole also takes a lead role in a second movie that has made the line-up this year, The Beguiled. Based in Virginia during the Civil War, a group of young women who are being sheltered from the outside world take in a Union soldier and sexual tensions soon run high. Oo-err.

And if that’s not enough, Nicole will also be representing the second season of mini-series Top Of The Lake, as well as John Cameron Mitchell’s sci-fi comedy How to Talk to Girls At Parties.

Something tells us that Cannes Film Festival 2017 is definitely Nicole’s year.

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Meanwhile, The Wedding Singer legend Adam Sandler will also be making his first appearance at the iconic French Festival since 2002. Adam stars in US comedy-drama The Meyerowitz Stories, alongside Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, and the movie is up for the Palme d’Or.

In case you didn’t already know, the Palme d’Or (which means golden palm in English) is the highest ranking prize at Cannes – and the fact that The Meyerowitz Stories is up for the award is actually quite mega.

It is one of the first films produced by Netflix to premiere in-competition at the festival, alongside Okja. Again, Okja was produced by Netflix and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. Netflix has definitely come a long way since its days of being a postal DVD service!

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There will also be another big first to look out for this year. Kristen Stewart will be making her Cannes Film Festival directorial debut, with a short film currently titled Water. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for more details as it is being kept very hush hush.

According to reports, the Twilight star is one of 12 female directors, writers and animators commissioned by digital publisher Refinery 29 to produce short films that “explore the dynamic of power” in women. That alone gets the thumbs up from us.

Empire star and Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe has also contributed with her own short film and has spoken about her own experience in the TV and movie industry.

Speaking at the launch of Refinery 29’s Shatterbox Anthology series, she said: “Everything I do, my image and who I am and what I feel represents me is in the hands of a man, usually a white man.”

Cannes Film Festival 2017 runs from 17 – 28 May. To get you in the mood, check out this video:

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