Preview: 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Films In Competition

354559Preview: 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Films In Competition

There are many notable films competing at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this year. While films like Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” are screened outside of competition, the film’s below will be competing to a very diverse jury.

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen will be the presidents of this years Feature Film jury which consists of actors Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, directors Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, and composer/singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.

The list of all the films premiering In/Out of competition and in the Un Certain Regard group can be found here. We will also grade each film’s chance to win the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Expand this article to see bio’s for all In Competition films:
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Film Review: Lincoln

Film Review: Lincoln
by Matthew Durham

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been talked about for some years now. When early photos of Daniel Day-Lewis appeared with him portraying the sixteenth president the inevitable buzz began. Last year we were graced with Spielberg’s action-adventure epic War Horse which received about 75% positive reviews. I liked War Horse, I liked that “Spielbergian” feeling that so many critics condemned. And while I can develop a whole defense case for War Horse, I would much rather talk about Lincoln which is really a pretty spectacular film.

My senior year of high school we had to write an Essay, which was a pretty important essay. In this case, we had to write it about a public figure of some sort. My deep interests in film lead my essay to be about Steven Spielberg, how he got into the industry and developed through the times. Some have called me a Spielberg apologist, but out of the many films he has done I haven’t really seen one that I hated. I didn’t like Hook, but I didn’t hate it. Continue reading