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The best films to watch out for at this year's Cannes Film Festival — including some from Singapore

The best films to watch out for at this year's Cannes Film Festival — including some from Singapore

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Text: Ethan Lee

Editor: Aravin Sandran


Pain and Glory

Cast: Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz

Premise: Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the film follows the flashbacks of a movie director, from his childhood in the 60s to his first love in the 80s where the pain of his heartbreak leads him to write and eventually make films.

Trivia: It's loosely inspired by Federico Fellini's 81/2 (1963).

What the Internet is saying: "Another masterpiece by Almodóvar with a high-calibre cast and an moving soundtrack."

Release date in Singapore: Unconfirmed

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning

Premise: Set in the summer of 1969 at the peak of hippie Hollywood, Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth are desperately trying to stay relevant. Things get a little complicated when they find out Rick's neighbour is, however, Sharon Tate, who in real life, was a victim of the infamous Tate murders, masterminded by criminal and cult leader Charles Manson.

Trivia: Quentin Tarantino has said that this film will be the closest he has gotten to replicate the vibes of his cult hit Pulp Fiction (1994).

What the Internet is saying: "Dicaprio and Pitt in one movie — take my money." 

Release date in Singapore: 15 August 2019

A Hidden Life

Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

Premise: Taking place during World War II, the biographical drama tells the tale of the conscientious objector from Austria, Franz Jägerstätter. The film will show how the later martyred Austrian refused to fight with the Nazi, and the possible tribulations he had to go through because of his unwavering determination.

Trivia: Terrence Malick spent almost three years editing this film.

What the Internet is saying: "The physicality of the characters coupled with the expressiveness of the environment takes my breath away every gosh darn time."

Release date in Singapore: Unconfirmed

Singaporean films

An animated short film that features anthropomorphized items representing Singaporeans by Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong is one out of the 10 films that have been selected for the Festival's Directors' Fortnight section. Another Singaporean film is ADAM by Lin Shoki that's competing in the Cinéfondation section among other medium-length films from film schools all over the world. Helmed by Jeremy Chua, The Women is the third Singaporean film being featured in the Cannes Film Festival this year.

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