Cannes 2016 Lineup: Steven Spielberg, Ryan Gosling, and a Double Dose of Kristen Stewart

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The lineup for the 69th Cannes Film Festival (how apropos) was announced this morning, and the auteur-courting fest snagged an enviable group of top-tier directors. Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, and Jodie Foster will all debut their films out of competition (The BFG, Cafe Society, and Money Monster, respectively), while the competitive lineup has a powerhouse list of acclaimed helmers including Pedro Almódovar, Andrea Arnold, Jeff Nichols, the Dardenne brothers, and Xavier Dolan. Ryan Gosling, too, will return to Cannes after his directorial effort Lost River was wanly received there: This time, he’s in front of the camera, starring opposite Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.

Among the people who could make their mark on the Croisette are Kristen Stewart, who toplines both the Woody Allen film and the supposedly spooky Olivier Assayas film Personal Shopper; after becoming the first American actress to ever win a César award — the Gallic equivalent of our Oscar — for Assayas’s The Clouds of Sils Maria, K-Stew is surely shoring up her French bona fides with a Cannes double dip. I’m interested to see what will become of the provocative Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the Best Director prize at Cannes for Drive and then followed that up with the booed misfire Only God Forgives: His latest, the Elle Fanning thriller The Neon Demon, is in competition. And you can usually count on Cannes to launch the Best Picture campaign of at least one American film, so watch for the Jeff Nichols–directed Loving, which casts Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in a period piece about the couple who changed America’s laws on interracial marriage.

Which buzzed-about films didn’t make the list? I heard early on that Cannes wanted Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, but neither film was close to done and the latter was pushed from a summer berth to a fall release-date. Generally at least one Sundance Film Festival barnstormer will make its way to Cannes, and I thought that would have been Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation; instead, it’s the warmly received family drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. There are still a few Cannes sections yet to be announced, though, so there remains room for a few more surprises.

Here’s the current lineup, released early this morning. The festival starts May 11, and Vulture will be there.

Opening Night Film

Cafe Society – directed by Woody Allen


Toni Erdmann – directed by Maren Ade

Julieta – directed by Pedro Almodóvar

American Honey – directed by Andrea Arnold

The Unknown Girl – directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Personal Shopper – directed by Olivier Assayas

It’s Only the End of the World – directed by Xavier Dolan

Ma Loute – directed by Bruno Dumont

Paterson – directed by Jim Jarmusch

Rester Vertical – directed by Alain Guiraudie

Aquarius – directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Mal de Pierres – directed by Nicole Garcia

I, Daniel Blake – directed by Ken Loach

Ma’Rosa – directed by Brilliante Mendoza

Loving – directed by Jeff Nichols

Bacalaureat – directed by Cristian Mungiu

Agassi – directed by Park Chan-Wook

The Last Face – directed by Sean Penn

Sieranevada – directed by Cristi Puiu

Elle – directed by Paul Verhoeven

The Neon Demon – directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Un Certain Regard

Varoonegi – directed by Behnam Behzadi

Apprentice – directed by Boo Junfeng

Voir du Pays – directed by Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin

La Danseuse – directed by Stephanie Di Giusto

Clash – directed by Mohamed Diab

La Tortue Rouge – directed by Michael Dubok de Wit

Fuchi Bi Tatsu – directed by Fukada Koji

Omar Shakhsiya – directed by Maha Haj

Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvaot – directed by Eran Kolirin

After The Storm – directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu

Hymyileva Mies – directed by Juho Kuosmanen

La Large Noche de Francisco Sanctis – directed by Francisco Marquez and Andrea Testa

Caini – directed by Bogdan Mirica

Pericle Il Nero – directed by Stefano Mordini

The Transfiguration – directed by Michael O’Shea

Captain Fantastic – directed by Matt Ross

Uchenik – directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

Out of Competition

The BFG – directed by Steven Spielberg

Money Monster – directed by Jodie Foster

The Nice Guys – directed by Shane Black

Gok Sung – directed by Na Hong-Jin

Midnight Screenings

Gimme Danger – directed by Jim Jarmusch

The Train to Busan – directed by Yeon Sang-Ho

A Chad Tragedy – directed by Mahamat-Saleh Aroun

The Death of Louis XIV – directed by Albert Serra

L’Ultima Spiaggia – directed by Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan