When the Cannes line-up was announced a few weeks back, Thierry Frémaux hinted, as is often the case, that a few slots remained to be filled in the line-up. And news has just dropped as to exactly what those films are. The only addition to the Competition selection (which may indicate that there are still one or two more to come) is “The Square,” the latest from Ruben Östlund, director of the brilliant “Force Majeure.” The film, which revolves around a piece of public performance art, is at least partly in English, and stars the great Elisabeth Moss (who’ll be doing the Cannes double with Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake: China Girl”) and Dominic West, and instantly becomes one of the most anticipated of the festival. It marks a promotion for Östlund, whose last film was in the Un Certain Regard section.
Out of competition will be “Based On A True Story,” the latest from veteran director (and convicted sex criminal) Roman Polanski, which stars Eva Green and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner — the film’s a psychological thriller of some kind. Meanwhile, “River Road” director Li Ruijun joins the Un Certain Regard line-up with “Walking Past The Future,” as will Argentinean director Santiago Mitre (who won Critics’ Week in 2015 with “Paulina”) with “The Summit” starring Ricardo Darín and Christian Slater; while a new documentary by Barbet Schroeder, “The Venerable W,” looking at Islamophobia in Burma, will get a Special Screening.
Actor-director Eric Caravaca will also get a special screening of his second feature, entitled “Carre 35;” while animated family comedy “Zombillenium,” an adaptation of a French comic book, will be a “Children’s Screening.” Stay tuned in case anything else is added to the line-up; otherwise, we’ll be bringing you our verdicts on the above and more when the festival kicks off on May 17th.