Cannes Film Festival: which films you should not miss

From May 17 to 28 Cannes completely all about glamour. After three years of waiting, the prestigious film festival could finally start again in full glory and film producers will show their work to the general public. MASTERS lists five films that you should not miss.Text: Fleur de Jong

1. It's Nice in Here

Although the Netherlands plays a modest role during the seventy-fifth edition of the film festival, there is still a bit of Dutch glory. The only Dutch production is the animated film It's Nice in Here by the Rotterdam Robert-Jonathan Koeyers. The film shows how a young girl and a novice police officer have different memories of the same fateful moment in a store that will change their lives forever... The film will be shown during the Semaine de la Critique in a block with other short films.

2. Elvis 

Many people are looking forward to this film about the King of Rock and Roll; Elvis Presley. The biographical film shows more than 20 years of complex dynamics between manager Colonel Tom Parker (or Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) and Elvis; from his breakthrough to his status as an unprecedented superstar. The film was made by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who also made The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge. Elvis will be played by Austin Butler and Colonel Tom Parker by actor Tom Hanks.


This film, by Flemish director Lukas Dhont, is also one of the nominees for a Golden Palm. Close tells the story of Leo and Remi, two thirteen-year-old boys who have a close friendship. Suddenly this is disrupted and Leo tries to understand what went wrong. Leo seeks comfort and grows closer to Remi's mother, Sophie. The boys try to reconcile and get their friendship back on track. A nice bonus is that this film also has a Dutch touch; the film received a subsidy of 300.000 euros from the Film Fund and was co-produced by the Amsterdam production company Topkapi Films.Photo: Still from Close | Topkapi Films

4. Boy from heaven

Adam, the son of a fisherman, is given the ultimate privilege to study at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. However, when the highest religious leader dies on the first day of school, a merciless battle of influence begins to find his successor. Adam also quickly becomes a pawn in this battle. This political thriller was made by Swedish-Egyptian director Tariq Saleh which was extremely exciting five years ago The Nile Hilton Incident made. Boy from Heaven is one of a total of 21 nominees in the main competition that has a chance to win the Golden Palm.

5. decision to leave 

Hae-Joon works as a detective and starts investigating a murder case. During the investigation, he falls in love with Seo-Rae, the ex-wife of the deceased man and also the main suspect in the murder investigation... Expect enchanting cinematography, sensual tension and plot twists in abundance in this South Korean film. Director, producer and screenwriter Park Chan-wook has won many awards with his previous works and is known for the film The handmaiden en Oldboy.

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