12 films set to wow audiences at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier and Jean-Luc Godard are among the directors gunning for the prestigious Palm D’Or award.

12 films set to wow audiences at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
A mix of blockbusters and indie films will be premiered at Cannes 2018. Photo: Film screenshots

The House that Jack Built
Controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier returns with a thriller starring Matt Dillon that’s likely to raise a few pulses.


Spike Lee tells the real life story of Ron Stallworth, an Afro-American cop who infiltrated the KKK.


Under The Silver Lake
Noir comedy directed by David Robert Mitchell and starring Andrew Garfield as an aimless young man on a surreal journey to find his bombshell neighbour who has mysteriously disappeared. 

Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans le Coeur)
Starring Vanessa Paradis, Yann Gonzalez’s drama tells the story of a low-budget porn producer who finds herself at the heart of a murder investigation.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited (almost twenty years!) and loosely based depiction of Cervantes’s masterpiece stars Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun)
French director Eva Husson returns after her 2014 hit Bang Gang (une histoire d’amour modern) with the story of a female guerilla group in Kurdistan fighting to take back their homes from extremists
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Cannes often saves a spot for a big Hollywood blockbuster and this year it’s the Star Wars franchise that gets to steal the limelight, with Ron Howards’ backstory homage to Han Solo.  
Le Livre d'Image
French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard has revealed little about his latest film, selected to compete for the Palme d’Or this year. The 87 year old has apparently spent the last couple of years filming in several Arab countries for a piece that’s meant to be an examination of the modern Arab world. 
Everybody Knows
Spain’s Hollywood couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this psychological thriller by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. 

A South Korean mystery drama directed by Lee Chang-Dong based on a story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, published in the New Yorker in 1992.

Fahrenheit 451
An adaption of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel in which a futuristic world bans all books, Fahrenheit 451 is directed by Ramin Bahrani and stars Michael B Jordan. 

Cold War
Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, this film by Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. 

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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.