Top 10 Films Cannes Made Me Excited For

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up today with the announcement of the winners earlier today. If you’re like me you spent the past two weeks closely following the festival and trying to decipher which films will see success if they reach the United States. While a lot of the films that screened at Cannes will never see US distribution, based on the critical response and the Cannes awards, these are the 10 Cannes films I’m most excited to see when they reach the U.S.

10) Broken Embraces directed by Pedro Almodovar

U.S. Release Date – November 20

Even though the reviews were not overall positive for the film, it was described as vintage Pedro and that’s enough for me.

9) Up directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson

U.S. Release Date – May 29

As if I need more encouragement to see this film, this opening night smash was loved by critics from all over the world.

8) Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold

U.S. Release Date – TBA

The great acting notices from this film, particularly for newcomer Katie Jarvis makes me thing this might have some Oscar potential.

7) Looking for Eric directed by Ken Loach

U.S. Release Date – TBA

Soccer films don’t play as well in the U.S. as they do elsewhere, but I support the worldwide sport and am looking forward to this film.

6) Bright Star directed by Jane Campion

U.S. Release Date – TBA

The reviews said beautiful costumes and beautiful cinematography combined with solid performances makes for an overall great film. I’ll bite.

5) Inglourious Basterds directed by Quentin Tarantino

U.S. Release Date – August 21

The critics gave Tarantino’s film a nod of approval. The film is being re-cut before it’s U.S. release, which could be for the best or could not. I still can’t wait for this film.

4) Precious directed by Lee Daniels

U.S. Release Date – November 6

Even though this film wasn’t a competition entry it still got a lot of buzz after it screened for Un Certain Regard. Huge buzz at two big festivals gives me the sense that the film is destined for big things.

3) A Prophet directed by Jacques Audiard

U.S. Release Date – TBA

This was probably the number one critical darling of the festival and likely will be destined for consideration in the Best Foreign Film category at next year’s Oscars.

2) Antichrist directed by Lars Von Trier

U.S. Release Date – TBA

After the firestorm that this film created, how could you not be looking forward to it? I’m excited to add my own opinion to the mix and to see how it divides U.S. audiences.

1) The White Ribbon directed by Michael Haneke

U.S. Release Date – TBA

The Palme d’Or winner looks like a fantastic film and great piece of art. It could be the next great film for the Foreign category at the Oscars to snub.

Which film did Cannes coverage make you want to see?

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