With last year’s Palme d’Or winner, Dheepan, hitting select theaters last weekend and Mad Max: Fury Road winning the most Oscars a few months ago, you’ll be forgiven if it feels like last year’s Cannes Film Festival just finished. Alas, the top shelf film festival of them all begins again tomorrow. Mad Max’s own George Miller, who at 71 years old is only two years older than the festival itself, will head the jury. Miller will be joined on the jury by former Cannes Best Actress winner, Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), former Cannes Best Actor winner, Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), and the criminally underrated Donald Sutherland (amongst a handful of other international film voices).
This year 21 films from 11 different countries will compete for the top prizes bestowed by Miller’s jury. Who’ll have that lovely day? Chris Cabin and I parsed through the 21 and came up with the 16 that we’re most excited about. Peruse them, put them on your radar, and be sure to check out the major out-of-competition titles that will also be opening. The festival kicks off May 11th and runs through the 22nd. And Collider will be there.