Our top three films at the Cannes Film Festival

Our top three films at the Cannes Film Festival

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Text: Varsha Sivaram

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Your Hollywood favourites are back in Cannes 2015's official selection, and this time, they're tackling some gut-wrenching roles. Here are our top three favourites

Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts in The Sea of Trees
Set in the infamous Aokigahara in Japan, also known as the 'Suicide Forest', both the film's premise and director are enough to draw us in. Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, whose troubled past has led him to trek through the forest to end his life. The film's conflict occurs when he meets another man looking to do the same: Takumi Nakamura played by Ken Watanabe.

It's no question that Gus Van Sant, behind classics such as Good Will Hunting, is able to brilliantly convey such a sensitive and dark subject matter. The star-studded cast, which also includes heavyweights such as Naomi Watts, provides even more promise, securing The Sea of Trees as a strong contender for the Palme d'Or.

If you're still not convinced, check out the chilling first preview of the film, which was released last night.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Macbeth
This tragedy by Shakespeare has had no lack of adaptations: television, film, radio and the stage have covered it all. Yet the intrigue of the classic tale still remains, especially when backed by names like Michael Fassbender (playing Macbeth himself) and Marion Cotillard (playing Lady Macbeth).

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Marion Cotillard playing Macbeth

Justin Kurzel, known for the award-winning and brutal Snowtown, has taken on the big budget feature and set it in its original place and time: 11th century Scotland. It makes sense to return to the roots of the epic wartime story, especially after numerous adaptations have reimagined it in so many places — Melbourne, India and more. 

The film's first preview was released this morning, and we're waiting with bated breath.

Jesse Eisenberg in Louder Than Bombs
An intense drama, Louder Than Bombs sees eldest son Jonah (Eisenberg) return to the family home three years after the passing of his war photographer mother Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert). In their time together, they begin to uncover the fragmented and differing memories of their late mother.

Louder Than Bombs

Up-and-coming Norwegian director Joachim Trier (yes, a distant relative of Lars Von Trier) has an accomplished cast under his wing: Huppert has been in 16 films screened for Cannes' competition, while you know Eisenberg from The Social Network. Both actors are known to have tackled some complex roles, giving us high hopes for Louder Than Bombs.