Cannes' Un Certain Regard strand opened this year with Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis' Party Girl (2014), a well-made if unambitious social drama which asks whether an aging, leopard skin-clad nightclub hostess can really change her spots.
Mike Leigh’s biopic of JMW Turner (screening in the main competition in Cannes) is a rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall.
Abderrahmane Sissako's latest is a brilliant portrait of a place ruled by religion and a people traumatised by divisionAbderrahmane Sissako's passionate and visually beautiful film Timbuktu is a cry from the heart – with all the more moral authority for being expressed with such grace and such care.
Suggesting aspects of Stephen Frears' "The Queen" by way of Oliver Stone, French director Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco" is a mannered, lightweight portrait of the actress' troubled days in the early '60s as she adjusted to life as the city-state's princess.
The self-professed Spaghetti Western super fan will introduce a showing of the Sergio Leone classic, starring Clint Eastwood, at a special event after the Palme d’Or award ceremony.