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Movies Competing For Palme d'Or at Cannes 2016

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently being held from 11 to 22 May 2016. The films competing in the main competition section were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016. Australian director George Miller has been announced as the President of the Jury for the main competition. Here is the list of movies competing for the Palme d'Or.


Aquarius (2016)

Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
With Julia Bernat, Sonia Braga, Humberto Carrão, Paula De Renor

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to ...

Elle (2016)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
With Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Alice Isaaz

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

From the Land of the Moon (2016)

Directed by Nicole Garcia
With Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl, Gwendoline Fiquet

An adaptation of Milena Agus' eponymous novel set after WWII, 'Mal de Pierres' ('Mal di Pietre') spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.

Graduation (2016)

Directed by Cristian Mungiu
With Rares Andrici, Valeriu Andriuta, Eniko Benczo, Lia Bugnar

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Directed by Ken Loach
With Natalie Ann Jamieson, Colin Coombs, Dave Johns, Bryn Jones

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

It's Only the End of the World (2016)

Directed by Xavier Dolan
With Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Julieta (2016)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
With Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

The Last Face (2016)

Directed by Sean Penn
With Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Jean Reno, Adèle Exarchopoulos

A director (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices surrounding humanitarianism and life through civil unrest.

Loving (2016)

Directed by Jeff Nichols
With Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas

Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Ma' Rosa (2016)

Directed by Brillante Mendoza
With Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles

Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa and her children are ready to do anything to buy her freedom from the corrupt police.

The Neon Demon (2016)

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
With Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, Jena Malone

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Paterson (2016)

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
With Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur, Owen Asztalos

Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet.

Personal Shopper (2016)

Directed by Olivier Assayas
With Kristen Stewart, Anders Danielsen Lie, Lars Eidinger, Nora von Waldstätten

Revolves around a ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris.

The Salesman (2016)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
With Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati

Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Staying Vertical (2016)

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
With Damien Bonnard, Raphaël Thierry, Basile Meilleurat, Christian Bouillette

A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.

Sieranevada (2016)

Directed by Cristi Puiu
With Mimi Branescu, Mirela Apostu, Eugenia Bosânceanu, Ilona Brezoianu

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Slack Bay (2016)

Directed by Bruno Dumont
With Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Didier Desprès

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them evolves a curious ...

Toni Erdmann (2016)

Directed by Maren Ade
With Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter.

The Unknown Girl (2016)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
With Adèle Haenel, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

A doctor attempts to uncover the identity of a patient who died after she refused her treatment.