Park the yacht, don the tux and break out your best sunglasses: The stars return to the Croisette as the 67th Cannes International Film Festival opened this week (May 14 to 25; festival-cannes.com) with the premiere of Grace of Monaco, featuring Nicole Kidman as the eponymous star-turned-royal Grace Kelly.
Perhaps it’s the warmly sardonic gaze of Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni on its official poster, but the world’s most glamorous film festival strikes a decidedly European tone this year. Only two Americans (Ryan Gosling, making his directorial debut, and Bennett Miller) made it into the main competition, although three Canadians (David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan and Xavier Dolan) will vie for the coveted Palme d’Or. And, of course, both countries will play against a formidable French contingent from the festival’s mother country.
Thus, the female-majority jury led by Jane Campion (the only woman to have won the Palme, for 1993’s The Piano) has a heady task ahead of it. This year offers the usual feast of international auteurs, including a couple of A-list stars that have taken a seat in the director’s chair (the aforementioned Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones), some living legends (Jean-Luc Godard and Ken Loach, to name just two) and the next wave of grandmasters in the making. And given the diverse and tantalizing offerings across all the Cannes categories, it’s hard to narrow down the offerings. We, however, compiled a list of our must-sees.