In 2007 it was “No Country for Old Men” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” In 2009 it was “Inglourious Basterds” and “A Prophet.” A bit more than halfway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s not too early to predict which films will endure long after the last beachside-club guard dog scampers to different pastures. Here are six movies you didn’t know before that you’re almost certainly to know about after the festival shuts its doors.
“The Artist.” Probably the most crowd-pleasing of this year’s entries, competition or otherwise. The story of a silent-film star worried about getting left behind as Hollywood moves to talkies is told with high-concept brio: it’s a black-and-white film set in the silent film world. The movie is a serious contender for the Palme ‘dOr and will get a big ride from distributor The Weinstein Co., while the warm reaction suggests a media inescapability when the film comes out later this year. It may even make its star Jean Dujardin, already a French A-lister, a big name in the U.S., though his patchy English skills could prove a hindrance.
- Samy Naceri At Cannes (films.ie)
- Cannes: Can’t stop talking about silent movie (cbsnews.com)
- Cannes 2011: The Artist, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cannes: Could a black-and-white silent really become a hit? (salon.com)
- Movie Trailer: “The Artist” (gointothestory.com)
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