As one award season closes another creeps up behind us and we start all over again as the 2017 Cannes Film Festival has announced its eagerly anticipated line-up for the festival which begins in May and as ever it is a diverse and exciting list of talents and films.

There are many incredible treats in store but here are some of our initial picks of what to look out for: Michel Hazanavicius, the director of Oscar Winner The Artist, returns with Redoubtable, his film about legendary filmmaker Jean Luc Godard; Michael Haneke’s latest, Happy End, makes an apperance, as does The Beguiled, the anticipated new film from Sofia Coppola which stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Farrell and Kidman also feature in The Killing of A Sacred Deer, the new film from Yorgos Lanthimas (The Lobster) which also stars Alicia Silverstone.

Acclaimed filmmakers Lynne Ramsey, Francois Ozon, and Todd Haynes also have their new films in the festival, while Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut, short film Come Swim, also makes an apperance. Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal,  also makes its debut, as does The Meyerowitz Stories, the new film from Noah Baumbach which features Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler. Both films are set for release on Netflix later this year.

Jane Campion brings the new series of Top of the Lake to the festival while David Lynch is also due to appear with a special presentation of the new series of Twin Peaks, which is due to launch on May 22nd. While An Inconvient Sequel, the follow-to Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, is also in the mix.

There’s too goodness to mention here and it may not be over just yet as there may well be some additions at some point, with a few blockbusters rumoured to be in the mix for a debut showing, including Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Stay tuned for any other news as we get here.

Here’s the full line-up for The Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 17-28.


  • LOVELESS – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • GOOD TIME – Benny & Josh Safdie
  • L’AMANT DOUBLE – Francois Ozon
  • JUPITER’S MOON – Kornel Mundruczo
  • A GENTLE CREATURE – Sergei Loznitsa
  • THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • RADIANCE – Naomi Kawase
  • THE DAY AFTER – Hong Sang-Soo
  • LE REDOUBTABLE – Michel Hazavanicius
  • WONDERSTRUCK – Todd Haynes
  • HAPPY END – Michael Haneke
  • RODIN – Jacques Doillon
  • THE BEGUILED – Sofia Coppola
  • 120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE – Robin Campillo
  • OKJA – Bong Joon-Ho
  • IN THE FADE – Fatih Akin


  • BARBARA – Mathieu Amalric (Opening Film)
  • THE DESERT BRIDE – Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
  • CLOSENESS – Kantemir Balagov
  • BEAUTY & THE DOGS – Kaouther Ben Hania
  • L’ATELIER – Laurent Cantet
  • LUCKY – Sergio Castellitto
  • APRIL’S DAUGHTER – Michel Franco
  • WESTERN – Valeska Grisebach
  • DIRECTIONS – Stephen Komandarev
  • OUT – Gyorgy Kristof
  • BEFORE WE VANISH – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • THE NATURE OF TIME – Karim Moussaoui
  • DREGS – Mohammad Rasoulof
  • YOUNG WOMAN – Léonor Serraille
  • WIND RIVER – Taylor Sheridan
  • AFTER THE WAR – Annarita Zambrano


  • LES FANTOMES D’ISMAEL – Arnaud Desplechin (Opening Film)
  • BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL – Takashi Miike
  • HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES – John Cameron Mitchell
  • VISAGES, VILLAGES – Agnes Varda & JR


  • THE VILLAINESS – Jung Byung-Gil
  • THE MERCILESS – Byun Sung-Hyun
  • PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – Jean-Stephane Sauvaire


  • AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL – Davis Guggenheim
  • 12 DAYS – Raymond Depardon
  • THEY – Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
  • CLAIR’S CAMERA – Hong Sang-Soo
  • PROMISED LAND – Eugene Jarecki
  • NAPALM – Claude Lanzmann
  • DEMONS IN PARADISE – Jude Ratman
  • SEA SORROW – Vanessa Redgrave


  • CARNE Y ARENA – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (VR Film)
  • TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL – Jane Campion
  • 24 FRAMES – Abbas Kiarostami
  • COME SWIM – Kristen Stewart (short)
  • TWIN PEAKS – David Lynch (2 episodes)