Another year, another Cannes Film Festival missed. One day I will make it to the festival, but until then I have to live vicariously through film reviews and spatterings of Twitter updates. Here is my 2015 list (that will get longer...) of films I want to see.
Starring: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara
Director: Todd Haynes
This film is based off of “The Price of Salt,” Patricia Highsmith’s ahead-of-its-time 1952 novel about two women who fall in love.
“Carol” stands to generate perhaps an even warmer audience embrace than “Brokeback Mountain” did 10 years earlier, hopefully absent much of the snickering embarrassment that soured the otherwise widespread acclaim for Ang Lee’s classic. - Variety
Starring: Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel
A seemingly typical story about two bourgeois Parisians, the flashbacks and emotional struggles they frame make this a fresh take on the French film cliche.
"It's all too easy to sneer that it's a subject that's been covered thousands of times before ad nauseum in French cinema. However, the director, her co-screenwriter Etienne Comar and the exceptional cast led byEmmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel have an acute enough eye for the manners and mores of these archetypes to make the material feel consistently fresh and alive." - Hollywood Reporter
Director: Jonas Carpignano
Expanding on his previous short film, 'A Chiana,' Jonas Carpignano tells his story of two African migrants trying to adjust to life in Italy.
"Occasionally, they make the news, when a boat sinks en route or police crack down on the other side, but by and large, these immigrants remain invisible, despite the fact their personal struggles would make for incredible stories." - Jonas Carpignano
Cemetery of Splendor
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Cemetery of Splendor’” features an incurable sleeping sickness and a hospital nurse that works closely with those who suffer from it. Weerasethakul uses the film to make big and obvious personal and political statements especially about the the current military government that took over Thailand a year ago.
Starring: Seo Yeong-Hi
Director: Shin Su-Won
An old man is in need of a heart transplant when an injured girl with no family comes to the hospital. The wealthy son orders the hospital nurse to track down the family to get permission to use the new girl's organs but the nurse has a darker past than anyone realized.
Louder Than Bombs
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, and Jesse Eisenberg
Director: Joachim Trier
From Norweigian director Trier, 'Louder Than Bombs' explores the story of a widower and his two sons coping with learning the “circumstances” of the accident that killed his war-photographer wife.
"[The film] asks audiences to bring their brains, eschewing grand catharsis in favor of subtle psychological nuance, resulting in a film that runs both slender and cold on the surface, but rewards the arthouse audiences willing to give it a deeper reading." - Variety
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Filmed completely in Turkish, Mustang explores teenage female sexuality in Eastern Europe. Set in a remote Black Sea village where five sisters are forced to suppress their burgeoning sensuality. This is their story.
"While many Turks will find the final salvation distinctly inorganic, few can argue with the director’s talent or that of her exceptionally fine, largely unknown cast of young women." - Variety
Starring: Marthe Keller and Max Riemelt
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Martha, the central character, is based off of Schroeder’s own mother. Martha is a non-Jewish German woman who left Germany during WWII. 50 years later, Martha is living a quiet, lonely life in Ibiza until Jo, a 25-year-old aspiring DJ from Berlin rents a house just up the hill from Martha’s.