The top five Anglo films vying for the Palme d’Or

VIDEO: A slew of Anglo directors are vying for the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday. Here are trailers for the top British, American and Canadian hopefuls.

The top five Anglo films vying for the Palme d'Or
Tons of Anglo films are vying for top honors at this year's Cannes Film Festival Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

It could be a good year for Anglo directors at the Cannes Film Festival with more than a third of the 18 films up for the Palme d’Or coming from the English-speaking world.

Held almost every year since 1946, the festival is famed as much for launching the careers of filmmakers such as Americans Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino as for its glitzy red carpet photo calls, luxury yachts, star-studded parties and diamond heists.

With a hefty crop of American, British and Canadian films in competition for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, film industry executives and producers are likely cutting deals to secure a share in the next big thing. The show is to run from May 14th-25th this year.

Here The Local has rounded up trailers for five of the top Anglo films that will hit the screen in the south of France:

  • Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg’s 'Maps to the Stars' is to make its world debut at the festival and traces the troubled Hollywood lives of two former childhood stars. Its stars include Juliannne Moor and John Cusack.
  • British director Ken Loach, who already won the Palme d’Or in 2006, is back with an Irish history-inspired film 'Jimmy’s Hall'. It tells the story of an Irish political activist who runs afoul of local leaders in the 1930s after opening a youth centre.
  • This new film 'The Homesman' from American actor and director Tommy Lee Jones recounts the tale of a curious journey shared by a claim jumper and a pioneer woman. After the woman, played by Hilary Swank, rescues Jones’ character from certain death, he agrees to help her escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
  • In 'Captives', from Canadian filmmaker  Atom Egoyan, actor Ryan Reynolds plays the role of a father whose daughter is abducted from the back seat of his car. Eight years later, a series of  clues surface, convincing the father his child is still alive. 
  • American director Bennett Miller, known for films 'Capote' and 'Moneyball', is unveiling his new drama 'Foxcatcher' in Cannes. It tells the tale of Olympic gold medalist wrestler Mark Schultz whose brother, also an Olympic wrestler, was shot to death by a member of the Du Pont chemical company dynasty. It stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum.

Though out of competition, American-made epic 'Grace of Monaco', will open the festival with a screening on Wednesday. The controversial flick recounts a turbulent chapter in the like of the royal family of Monaco and American icon Grace Kelly. Members of the royal family of Monaco have called the moved "total fiction."

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French films with English subtitles to watch in November

As days get shorter and temperatures drop, November is a great month to enjoy a warm and comforting moment at the cinema. Here’s a round up of the French movies with English subtitles to see in Paris this month.

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The cinema group Lost in Frenchlation runs regular screenings of French films in the capital, with English subtitles to help non-native speakers follow the action. The club kicks off every screening with drinks at the cinema’s bar one hour before the movie, so it’s also a fun way to meet people if you’re new to Paris.

These are the events they have coming up in November.

Friday, November 5th

Boîte Noire – What happened on board the Dubai-Paris flight before it crashed in the Alps? In this thriller Matthieu, a young and talented black box analyst played by Pierre Niney (star of Yves Saint-Laurent among other movies) is determined to solve the reason behind this deadly crash, no matter the costs. 

The screening will take place at the Club de l’étoile cinema at 8pm. But you can arrive early for drinks at the bar from 7pm. 

Tickets are €10 full price, €8 for students and all other concessions, and can be reserved here.

Sunday, November 14th

Tralala – In the mood for music? This new delightful French musical brings you into the life of Tralala (played by Mathieu Amalric), a 48 years old, homeless and worn-out street singer, who one day gets mistaken for someone else. Tralala sees an opportunity to get a better life by taking on a new personality. He now has a brother, nephews, ex-girlfriends, and maybe even a daughter. But where is the lie? Where is the truth? And who is he, deep down?

The night will start with drinks from 6pm followed by the screening at 7pm at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema. There is also a two-hour cinema-themed walk where you’ll be taken on a “musicals movie tour” in the heart of Paris, which begins at 4pm.

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here. Tickets for the walking tour cost €20 and must be reserved online here.

Thursday, November 18th

Illusions Perdues – Based on the great novel series by Honoré de Balzac between 1837 and 1843, this historical drama captures the writer Lucien’s life and dilemmas who dreams about a great career of writing and moves to the city to get a job at a newspaper. As a young poet entering the field of journalism, he is constantly challenged by his desire to write dramatic and eye-catching stories for the press. But are they all true?

The evening will kick off with drinks at L’Entrepôt cinema bar at 7pm, followed by the movie screening at 8pm. Tickets are available online here, and cost €8.50 full price; €7 for students and all other concessions.

Sunday, November 21st

Eiffel – Having just finished working on the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel (played by Romain Duris) is tasked with creating a spectacular monument for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. It’s ultimately his love story with Adrienne Bourgès (Emma Mackey) that will inspire him to come up with the idea for the Eiffel Tower.

After a first screening last month, Lost in Frenchlation is organising a new one at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema, with pre-screening drinks at the cinema bar. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here

Thursday, November 25th

Les Héroïques – Michel is a former junkie and overgrown child who only dreams of motorbikes and of hanging out with his 17-year-old son Léo and his friends. But at 50 years old, he now has to handle the baby he just had with his ex, and try not to make the same mistakes he has done in the past. 

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director Maxime Roy who will discuss his very first feature. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here.

Full details of Lost in Frenchlation’s events can be found on their website or Facebook page. In France, a health pass is required in order to go to the cinema.