70th Cannes Film Festival

Renamed in 2002 as the Cannes Film Festival, the annual festival marks the preview of new films of all genres, including documentaries, from directors and producers from all around the world. Beginning today and lasting through May 28th, this year’s Cannes Film Festival marks the 70th iteration of the festival, with a horde of stars walking the red carpet to premiere their most-recent works.

Most surprisingly, this year Cannes has permitted entry of two television shows: season two of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and David Lynch’s much-anticipated Twin Peaks reboot.

After her stunning portrayal as Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies on HBO, Nicole Kidman will debut four news works at Cannes — three films and one TV show — including the much-buzzed about film The Beguile. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the story follows an all-female boarding school in the American South during the Civil War, and all hell breaks loose when the women agree to take in a Union soldier. Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, is a New York-based bank-robber drama that will hit theaters in August 2017. Come Swim, starring Pattison’s equally famous ex, Kristen Stewart, is the story of a man in his 30s in the confines of a “full-on heartbreak,” as Stewart described to the BBC. House of Cards star Robin Wright will also make her 2017 directorial debut at Cannes this year with The Dark of Night, the story of a refugee woman seeking refuge from a storm in an isolated diner.

Nineteen films are in the running for the Palme d’Or honor this year, including Wonderstruck by Todd Haynes (who directed Carol and features both Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore), Good Time, The Beguiled, and Okja (which stars Tilda Swinton and tells the story of a young girl who befriends a giant monster). The Palme d’Or winner will be announced on the festival’s final evening, Sunday, May 28th, at the Awards Ceremony held in the Grand Theatre Lumière.

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