Col Needham's Top 10 Cannes Picks for 2019by Col Needham | last updated - 9 months ago
I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb and these are the ten movies which I am most looking forward to seeing at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, starting with the opening night film and then in no particular order. As usual the festival promises to be an exciting blend of premieres from around the world in a magical environment, creating that je ne sais quoi which is Cannes.
I try to pick my Cannes films by knowing almost as little as I can about them so my comments below only give a few hints of what I am expecting.
These are all taken from my longer Cannes Interest List and I will copy items to my Cannes Film Festival 2019 list as I watch them.
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1. The Dead Don't Die (2019)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Votes: 37,056 | Gross: $6.56M
The opening night film with a cast to die for (sorry, could not resist :-) in the hands of Jim Jarmusch.
2. Rocketman (I) (2019)
IIB | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Votes: 96,542 | Gross: $96.37M
Director Dexter Fletcher finished Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and delivered a hit movie. Looking forward to what he can do with the Elton John story from a script by the talented Lee Hall, and having seen Taron Egerton sing a duet live with Elton earlier this year, the film looks to be something quite special.
3. Once Upon a Time ...in Hollywood (2019)
(Banned) | 161 min | Comedy, Drama
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Votes: 391,031 | Gross: $135.37M
4. Too Old to Die Young (2019)
55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Detective Martin Jones, who leads a double life as a killer for hire in Los Angeles' deadly underground, suffers an existential crisis which leads him deeper into a blood splattered world of violence.
In a relatively rare move, the festival is screening two hours and twenty minutes of Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming epic TV-series out-of-competition. It's going to be dark, twisted and fun!
5. Share (I) (2019)
R | 87 min | Drama, Mystery
After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.
I am hoping to catch Pippa Bianco's movie fresh from its Sundance awards success (writing/acting) as I missed it in Park City due to schedule clashes.
6. Sorry We Missed You (2019)
IIB | 101 min | Drama
Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.
7. Le jeune Ahmed (2019)
IIA | 90 min | Drama
A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.
The brothers Dardenne are always produce thought-provoking films.
8. Little Joe (2019)
105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.
This looks fascinating so looking forward to seeing where Jessica Hausner takes this.
9. Frankie (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama
Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.
Isabelle Huppert is always a joy to watch.
10. Port Authority (2019)
94 min | Drama
Port Authority is a love story set in New York's kiki ballroom scene, and follows Paul, a 20 year old midwesterner, who arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches eyes with Wye,... See full summary »
The feature debut of Danielle Lessovitz