Cannes 2019 is here, and so is a long list of master class cinema that is thought provoking and compelling. From old rodeo Hollywood of Once Upon… to the 13 female filmmakers who are showcasing their movies, 2019 at Cannes is a unique ride. Here are 19 movies that will be shown at the festival, and those who we can expect to be heralded as the best of the best this coming year.
1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, with a stellar cast of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie playing the angelic slain Sharon Tate- this movie is set in 1965 Hollywood traversing the movie industry and the dangerous kid on the block – Charles Manson.
2. The Staggering Girl
This short movie is directed by Suspiria and Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino and stars an A-class cast of Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, and Kyle MacLachlan.
Starring Dakota Johnson and Armie Hammer, this thriller is directed by Babak Anvari. The plotline revolves around a bartender who encounters a wayward phone, and everything in his life gets affected.
4. Diego Maradano
This movie by British-Indian Asif Kapadia is a documentary chronicling the life of the footballer for all ages, Argentinian Diego Maradona.
5. Les Miserables
This French movie is about riots of 2005 that involved massive vandalisation and altercation around Africans of French heritage. Directed by Ladj Ly, this movie is set to compete for the Palme d’Or.
6. A Hidden Life
This movie helmed by Terrence Malick, starring August Diehl and Valerie Pachner is a historical drama about an Austrian man who refuses to fight in the World War II.
7. The Dead Don’t Die
This American zombie comedy stars one of the most indie-driven star casts from the selection at the Cannes 2019. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevign, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, and Danny Glover amongst others. Directed by Jim Jarmusch, this movie is about zombies rising from the dead and terrorising a city.
8. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
This French movie directed by Celine Sciamma and stars Valeria Golino, Adele Haenel, and Noemie Merlant – is about a female painter who has to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher this movie is a look at Elton John at the prime of his career. The film stars Richard Madden, Taron Egerton, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
10. Pain and Glory
Starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, this movie is directed by Pedro Almodovar and travails the life of a director who makes some compelling choices.
11. Family Romance LLC
Directed by auteur Werner Herzog, and starring Ishii Yuichi and Mahira Tanimoto, this movie is about a missing father and his daughter, and the man who is prepped to impersonate the father.
12. First Love
This film by the very best Takashi Miike is about a boxer and a call girl who are swamped in the world of drugs. The movie stars Masataka Kubota and Shota Sometani.
Directed by Gael Garcia Bernal, this movie is about youth in Mexico City and stars Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Dolores Heredia.
14. Matthias and Maxime
This movie is your typical existential crisis about a bunch of late 20 something friends. The film stars Xavier Dolan, Harris Dickinson, and Anne Dorval. It is directed by Xavier Dolan.
15. Ice on Fire
This documentary asking pertinent environment questions is directed by Leila Conners, and is seeking a timely discussion on climate change.
16. Sick Sick Sick
Directed by Alice Furtado, this movie stars young stars Silvia Buarque and Luiza Kosovski and is about a romance between a young girl and a hemophiliac.
17. Song Without A Name
Starring Pamela Mendoza and Tommy Parraga, and directed by Melina Leon, it talks about a time of political crisis in Peru.
Story about a precocious Jerem, this movie is directed by Benoit Forgeard and stars Doria Tillier and Philippe Katerine.
19. The Orphanage
Directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat, this movie is about a boy in Kabul who dreams of Bollywood movies until the Soviets take control of his life.