10 highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival

For 12 days in May, art and excess collide on the Côte d’Azur as the Cannes Film Festival takes over. Unknown stars of arthouse gems walk the same red carpet as some of the world’s most famous people. For each Parasite which is created there, a Top Gun: Maverick also done.

In competition, legendary filmmakers like David Cronenberg (Future Crimes) and Claire Denis (The stars at noon) presented their latest films alongside new blood, such as the Belgian Lukas Dhont (close) and the French Léonore Serraile (Mother and son), who each made their competitive debuts. Other juries selected the best from the many side sections of the festival: Un Certain Regard, a platform for new filmmakers; the Directors’ Fortnight, where Oscar-winning actress Chloe Zhao once greeted her nomadland predecessor The horseman; and Critics’ Week, where Julia Ducournau and Guillermo del Toro had their big breaks.

But freed from jury pressure, more starred titles like Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling Elvis and George Miller’s fantastic new love story Three thousand years of nostalgia were able to have fun by igniting the red carpet.

If you’ve only managed to catch the fashion for this year’s event, or have been buried under the magnitude of it all, don’t worry. These are the top 10 films that played at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Eight Mountains

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Four years after directing the star of Timothée Chalamet Handsome boy, Felix van Groeningen teams up with co-director Charlotte Vandermeersch for this loving adaptation of Paolo Cognetti The Eight Mountains. Set first in 1970s Italy, but moving into the early 21st century as it progresses, it traces the close relationship between two young men who find themselves in sad circumstances later in life. Together they build a house in the Italian mountains and face the paths they have taken in life. It’s slow-burn cinema in a stunning setting; a moving story of platonic male friendship.

Three thousand years of nostalgia

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