If you love film, you know that the year’s premier film festival starts tomorrow. Down in the south of France, Cannes 2013 will debut some of the biggest films coming to your screens this summer. In recent years, it has been a launching pad for films such as The Tree of Life, No Country for Old Men, The Artist, Amour and Inglourious Basterds.
Before it all kicks off, OnTheBox have brought you a primer for the five best films we can’t wait to see:
1. Behind The Candelabra
There are rumours that Steven Soderbergh will retire from filmmaking after making Behind The Candelabra. If this is his final offering to the film gods, we think he’ll be going out on top. The Magic Mike director tells the intimate love story of Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his boyfriend Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) and it looks ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
2. The Congress
Based on a novel by Solaris sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem, The Congress is from the award-winning Waltz With Bashir. Former wife of Sean Penn, Robin Wright, stars as an actress who sells the rights to her digital image with unintended consequences. It’ll mix live-action and animation and could be this year’s weird film that really makes you think – in a good way.
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
A betting man would have to consider Inside Llewyn Davis a heavy favourite. Joel Coen has won three best director trophies at Cannes, and in 1991 Barton Fink won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.
A tribute to the 1960s folk-music scene in Greenwich Village, it’s sure to be good with the Coen Brothers at the helm.
4. Only God Forgives
From Nicolas Winding Refn, whose last film Drive won him best director in 2011 comes Only God Forgives. Starring Ryan Gosling as Julian, a man who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family’s drug smuggling operation. He is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother’s recent death. Might actually be more violent than Drive – get your cushions ready.
5. The Past
A Separation, the Oscar-winning drama from Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi had critics and audiences in tears. His new story about a multicultural love story set in Paris looks a little more uplifting. But the rest is shrouded in secrecy. He might have been an unknown two years ago, but now we can’t wait to see what Farhadi has in store.