Cannes 2016’s Lineup Includes ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘The BFG,’ and ‘The Handmaid’


In less than a month the internet will be inundated with photos of celebrities putting on their most glamorous gowns and tuxedos for the multitude of red carpet appearances they will be doing in France at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival. While everyone else is preparing and trying their best to avoid the Worst Dressed List, the committee released the program for the festival, announcing all of the films that would be both showing and competing.

Out of a whopping 1,869 films that were submitted to enter the festival this year, only 49 have been selected to show during the week-and-a-half long bonanza. Narrowing the list down even further, only 20 of the 49 were selected to be judged in the actual competition. Still, the 49 that were selected cover a wide range of genres — dramas, comedies, documentaries, action, etc. — and feature submissions from 28 different countries. Though, of the 20 films competing, only three of the films’ directors are women — a relatively small percentage, sure, but definitely an improvement from the previous high point of only two.

The festival will open on the night of May 11th with the premiere of Woody Allen’s newest film, Café Society. The film stars Kristen Stewart — who also stars in Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, one of the 20 films competing during the festival — alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carrell. Café Society is not one of the competing films.

Find the full list below:

Opening Film: Café Society (Woody Allen, US)

In Competition: Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, German) Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain) American Honey (Andrea Arnold, UK) Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, France) The Unknown Girl (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium) It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, Canada) Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont, France) Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, US) Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie, France) Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil) Mal de Pierres (Nicole Garcia, Algeria) I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, UK) Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza, Philippines) Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu, Romania) Loving (Jeff Nichols, US) The Handmaid (Park Chan-wook, South Korea) The Last Face (Sean Penn, US) Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu, Romania) Elle (Paul Verhoeven, France) The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, US)

Out of Competition: The BFG (Steven Spielberg, US) Money Monster (Jodie Foster, US) The Nice Guys (Shane Black, US) Goksun (Na Hong-Jin, South Korea) L’Ultima Spaggia (Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan, Greece and Italy)

Un Certain Regard: Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi, Iran) Apprentice (Boo Junfeng, Singapore) Voir du Pays (Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin, France) La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto) Eshtebak (Mohamed Diab, Egypt) La Tortue Rogue (Michael Dudok de Wit, Netherlands) Fuchi Ni Tatsu (Kôji Fukada, Japan) Omor Shakhsiya (Maha Haj) Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvoat (Eran Kolirin, Israel) After the Storm (Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan) The Man who Smiled (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland) La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa) Caini (Bogdan Mirică) Pericle Il Nero (Stefano Mordini, Italy) The Transfiguration (Michael O’Shea, US) Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, US) Uchenik (Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia)

Midnight Screenings: Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch, US) The Train to Bu-San (Yeon Sang-Ho, South Korea)

Special Screenings: The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, Spain) Hissène Habré, Une Tragédie Tchadienne (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad) Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali, France) Exile (Rithy Panh, Cambodia)