From a movie about the lonelyhearted turning into animals to an action film from a legendarily snail-paced filmmaker to a sex epic to multiple iterations of John C. Reilly, this year’s Cannes Film Festival, starting Wednesday, proves, again, that prestige doesn’t mean pomposity. Here are 11 we’re most goosed to see (one day, probably other film festivals). And, as we must always remind you, it’s pronounced “Can” not “Khan.”
It’s hard to believe Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien hasn’t made a feature since 2008’s “The Flight of the Red Balloon,” and even harder to believe it’s a martial arts movie featuring one of his regular actors, Shu Qi. Still, we’re betting it’s more Hou than King Hu, with plenty of chances for his signature long takes, choking mood and plays with how we process memory. Or it may just be Shu Qi hurting people, which would be cool too.