Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian names 10 films to keep an eye on at Cannes. For this preview he’s choosen titles with enough mainstream brandname appeal to ensure they’ll keep generating interest throughout the year.
The Skin I Live In
(dir. Pedro Almod√≥var)
Almod√≥var is a Cannes favourite, one of the few directors who draws superstar-level crowds in the streets wherever he goes. Yet he has still to win the big prize. This film reunites him with Antonio Banderas, and is based on a Sadean horror-thriller by French author Thierry Jonquet, published in the UK under the title Tarantula. Banderas plays Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who keeps his partner chained up in his chateau, where he has a secret operating theatre. The theme of obsession will be familiar to admirers of Almod√≥var’s work, but this looks set to be one of his darkest and most challenging films to date.
The Tree of Life
(dir. Terrence Malick)
Until very recently, Malick’s film was bafflingly slated to premiere in the UK, before Cannes. Now this British debut has been cancelled, prompting whispers of industry brinkmanship and power-play. The Tree of Life, thought to be a radical new departure, stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and is reportedly set in the 1950s. Penn plays Jack, a man who as a young boy idolised his mother and imbibed her idealism ‚Äî but also hero-worshipped his tougher, more worldly-wise dad (Pitt).