Cannes Film Festival is an annual film festival held in the town of Cannes in South France. It is one of the most well known film festivals in the world which took place from 11th to 22nd May this year.
12 of the films that have won at Cannes 2016 will be screened at IFFI Goa 2016. This includes the winner of Cannes Festival’s highest honour, the prestigious Palme d’Or.
Here is a list of the 12 films that you should not miss out on:
1. I, Daniel Blake (UK)
Winner of the Palm d’Or and the Palm DogManitarian Award
Directed by Ken Loach, the film won the Palm d’Or, the top prize awarded at Cannes. It was the second Palm d’Or for Loach who won it for The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006). I, Daniel Blake revolves around the life of a middle aged carpenter and a single mother, who find themselves stuck in similar situations. This film will be screened in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.
2. It’s Only The End Of The World ( Canada)
Winner of the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize
Director Xavier Dolan was just 25 when he stunned the world with Mommy (2014) for which he won the Jury Prize at Cannes. His latest film It’s Only The End Of The World is about Louis, a terminally ill writer who returns home after a long absence only to bring some unpleasant news to his family. This film will be screened in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.
3. Graduation (Romania)
Winner of Best Director Award
After he made it big on the world stage with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (which was the opening film at IFFI in 2007), Romanian film maker Cristian Mungiu has established himself as a director to look forward to. Graduation film revolves around the life of a doctor and the challenges he has to face as a parent. This film will be a part of the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.
4. The Salesman (Iran)
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay Award
Asghar Farhadi- the name itself is good enough to send world cinema lovers in a tizzy. Academy Award winner for A Separation (2011), The Salesman is an Iranian-French film directed and scripted by Farhadi. The story is a about a couple who play the lead roles in the local version of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The male lead was played by Shahab Hosseini for which he won the Best Actor and Farhadi took the honors for Best Screenplay. The film is Iran’s entry at the Oscars to be held in 2017
5. Ma’ Rosa (Philippines)
Winner of the Best Actress Award
This Filipino film is directed by Brilliante Mendoza who has made award winning films like Summer Heat (2006), Thy Womb (2012). Shot with portable, inexpensive digital equipment on location in Manila’s poorest neighborhoods, the film revolves around the life of Rosa, portrayed by Jacklyn Jose. Ma’ Rosa will feature in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI. It is the official submission of the Philippines for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
6. American Honey ( USA)
Winner of the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize)
American Honey is a British-American directed by Andrea Arnold who has films like Red Road(2006) and the much appreciated Fish Tank (2009) The film is about the adventures of a teenage girl who joins a travelling magazine sales crew also stars Shia LaBeouf . This movie will be screened in the Cinema of the World category at IFFI.
7. The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki (Finland)
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award
This Finnish film, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, is a real life story about a famous Finnish boxer Olli Mäki who was in contention for the 1962 World Featherweight title. Shot in Black and White, the film is also the official submission of Finland for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
8. The Stopover ( France)
Winner of the Un Certain Regard for Best Screenplay Award
The Stopover is a French film directed by sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin.The story revolves around two young French soldiers who go to Cyprus on a three day leave. This film will be screened in the Cinema of the World Category at IFFI.
9. Wolf and Sheep ( Afghanistan)
Winner of the Art Cinema Award
Wolf and Sheep is directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat. The film is about an anthropologist who observes isolated shepherd communities in Afghanistan where wolves and sheep share equal importance. The film will be a part of the Centenary Award: Best Debut Feature category at IFFI.
10. The Neon Demon ( Denmark)
Winner of the Cannes Soundtrack Award
The Neon Demon is a psychological horror film starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the Best Director at Cannes for Drive(2011) The film is about Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream. The music is composed by Cliff Martinez and will be screened in the Masterstrokes category at IFFI.
11. The Student (Russia)
Winner of the François Chalais Award
The Student is a Russian film directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. This film is based on a high school student who believes that the world has been lost to evil. Variety called it ” a film that never stops to think; it thinks (and speaks, and shouts) while prodigiously on the move.” The film will feature in the International Competition at IFFI.
12. Tramontane (Lebanon)
Winner of the Grand Golden Rail Award
Tramontane is a Lebanese film directed by Vatche Boulghorijan who makes his debut with this feature. The story revolves around Rabih, a young blind man who is in search of his true identity. This film will be a part of the Centenary Award: Best Debut Feature category at IFFI.