#IrishAbroad: Formidable lineup announced for the 69th Cannes Film Festival

The Official Selection for the 69th Cannes Film Festival was announced in Paris this morning. Among those announced is Loving from Jeff Nichols, which features Irish actress Ruth Negga in a leading role. Two of the films playing in competition, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, benefit from the gifts of Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan. Unfortunately no Irish produced or co-produced film plays in or out of competition in the current selection.

As had previously been announced, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society will open the festival, playing out of competition. Also playing out of competition is The BFG directed by Steven Spielberg, Money Monster directed by Jodie Foster, and The Nice Guys directed by Shane Black. Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller will preside over the jury for the Palme d’Or.

In competition will play new films from some festival favourites, including Julieta directed by Pedro Almodovar, The Known Lady 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, Paterson directed by Jim Jarmusch, I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach, Agassi directed by Park Chan-Wook, The Last Face directed by Sean Penn, Elle directed by Paul Verhoeven, and The Neon Demon directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

23 Irish short films will play at the Cannes Short Film Corner, which this year had 5,008 submissions. These are Neolithic Patchwork Quilt from director Paul Heary, Mother’s Milk And Cookies from director Conan Mcivor, Limoncello from director Alessandro Dioguardi, Grace from director Jack Walsh, Dancing In The Dark from director Steven Mac Sweeney, Tiger Tiger from director Donnagh Fitzpatrick, Scare from director Jake Morgan, My Uncle from director Yvonne McDevitt, A Terrible Hullabaloo from director Ben O’Connor, The Will from director Liam O Mochain, The Cheese Box from director Paddy Murphy , The Break from directors Ken Williams & Denis Fitzpatrick, Nathifa from director Fiadh Melina Kyriakopoulou Brosnan , Heads Or Tails from director Luke Morgan, Pebbles from director Shaw Jonathan, Leave from director Mike Hayes, Fat Freddie’s Drop from director Alan Markey, Safe from director Stephen Hall, Rí Thoraí from director Eoin Mclaughlin, The Pigman from directors Rik Gordon & Sarah Laura Hauenstein, Jewels from director Trevor Courtney, Breathe from director James Doherty, and A Beautiful Death from director Patrick Mcdermott

The 69th Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 11th to 22nd.

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving,
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving,


Toni Erdmann – directed by Maren Ade
Julieta – directed by Pedro Almodovar
American Honey– directed by Andrea Arnold
The Known Lady– 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 Mendonca 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 & 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
Cafe Society – directed by Woody Allen
Money Monster– directed by Jodie Foster
The Nice Guys– directed by Shane Black
Gok Sung– directed by Na Hong-Jin

Special Screenings

L’ultima Spiaggia– directed by Thanos Anastopoulous and Davide del Degan
Hissein Habre– directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Death of Louis XIV– directed by Albert Serra
Le Cancre– directed by Paul Vecchiali

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 Anastopolous and Davide Del Degan