Cannes 2019: 10 Films That Are Not To Be Missed Out

Cannes 2019: 10 Films That Are Not To Be Missed Out

The biggest cinematic art showcase is here and Cosmo SL weighs in.


The 72nd edition of the French Riviera’s prestigious film festival is currently taking place and will go on till the 25 May 2019, with Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu leading the jury. Wonder how the line-up is like? Bohemian Rhapsody director, Dexter Fletcher will be screening his film based on the biopic of Elton John — Rocketman. The most awaited movie on the list, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a black comedy starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio, is on the agenda even though it’s still not on Cannes’ line-up due to an editing delay (so don’t be disappointed!). Here are the films we’re itching to watch!


The musical film is described as a portrayal of the singer’s crazy side of his early years during his time at Royal Academy of Music. It also shows his battle with substance abuse and coming to terms with his sexual orientation. Elton John described it as “a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge!… I just don’t want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn’t been like that.” If you think it sounds intense, you’re not alone (we think the same too!).


The director of Atlantiques, Mati Diop, is the first black woman to be selected to compete for the Palme d’Or award at Cannes. The movie is about a girl’s lover who is a part of a group of Senegalese men who go on a horrendous boat voyage to Europe. When the bodies of these men get washed up on the shore one after the other, she is disturbed about her lover’s unknown fate. Beautifully captured, the film’s trailer will give you all the feels. 


Set in the town of Sintra, Portugal, filled with castles and palaces, you’re bound to feel like you’re in the middle of a fairytale! The plot focuses on three generations of people facing a life-changing event one day on vacation.


Elia Suleiman, the director of It Must Be Heaven, based the film on his own life story. It captures his escape from Palestine while looking for another homeland. But he only experiences disappointment because he can’t seem to find a home that feels quite like the one in Palestine did.


The story follows an ageing director (Anthony Banderas) and the struggles he endured all his life from his childhood in the 1960s, to post-emigration with his family, to his first love in Madrid, to discovering writing, to discovering the interest in films and more. We’re certain you’ll learn some priceless life lessons!


The Okja director, Bong Joon-Ho’ South Korean film follows a financially struggling working-class household that gets carried away by a wealthy family. However, later, things start to take strange turns and a lot of tension builds up. Based on its trailer, it definitely looks like it’s filled with cryptic plot moves that’ll keep you guessing throughout the movie.


A movie by Céline Sciamma, set in the 1760s, is about a painter called Marianne who is paid to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (a young reluctant bride to-be). Marianne observes her by day and discreetly paints her at night. Slowly intimacy builds up between both the ladies during  Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom.


A story about a single mom, who masterminds a very special crimson flower that’s considered to have therapeutic value: when the plant is looked after well it will make its owner feel happy. Against company policy, Alice (the single mom) gifts one to her son and they name it, ‘Little Joe”. However, as it grows, Alice senses weird behaviour that is unusual and threatening. This film sounds promising enough to take your emotions on a rollercoaster ride!


The film portrays the hardship in modern day Britain through the story of a young couple who are in dire need of a stable flow of income. There is hope when the wife buys a shiny van as an investment so that the husband can run his own business. However, things still continued to fall apart and you’ll find out how that was even possible.


25 years after Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction, he returns to the Cannes festival with another masterpiece. The movie is about how a TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry that’s not what they’ve known before. The trailer is a showcase of Cliff’s attitude as the character is seen fighting against Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh). Expect to laugh…a lot.  


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