Festival de Cannes / Festivales y Mercados

The “Dream Team” is back in the quest for the Palme d’Or

After a 2015 edition where the limited supply of high-quality works encouraged its organisers to take a big punt on young talent, General Delegate Thierry Frémaux (flanked by President Pierre Lescure) went back to basics and brought out the big guns of global arthouse film as he unveiled the official selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016).

The “Dream Team” is therefore back with a vengeance in the competition (with several more years on the clock, but the “old masters” often have more than one trick up their sleeves…), and the programme is positively brimming with big names from the recent history of the seventh art – directors who have already won awards on the Croisette in the past or who, at the very least, are familiar with the dizzy heights of the quest for the Palme d’Or, which will this year be given out by a jury chaired by George Miller.

'Julieta', Pedro Almodóvar.

‘Julieta’, Pedro Almodóvar.

Standing out in the competition are four former winners: Belgium’s Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Palme d’Or in 1999 and 2005 – taking part for the seventh time), Romania’s Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or in 2007 – taking part for the third time) and British director Ken Loach (Palme d’Or in 2006 – taking part for the 13th time).

They are accompanied by nine filmmakers who have already won awards (either directly or via their actors) on the great stage of Cannes’ Théâtre Lumière: US director Jim Jarmusch (seventh time), Spanish Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar (fifth time), France’s Olivier Assayas (fifth time), Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn (third time), British director Andrea Arnold (third time), Korea’s Park Chan-wook (third time), France’s Bruno Dumont (third time), Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza (third time) and Canada’s Xavier Dolan (second time).

Also duking it out for the third time is French director Nicole Garcia, and for the second time US filmmaker Jeff Nichols, his fellow countryman Sean Penn and Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (back for the first time since 1992’s Basic Instinct) (…)

Texto escrito por Fabien Lemercier (Cineuropa).

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