From Fassbender's Macbeth to Farrell's Lobster: Donald Clarke's first picks for Cannes 2015
The Irish Times will be keeping a close eye on all the happenings up and down the Croisette at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, here are a few of the movies whetting our appetite
Out damn spot: Michael Fassbender ascends the throne in the “Scottish character” in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth
What are we looking forward to at Cannes this year? Well, it depends which Cannes you mean. The competition for the Palme d’Or – the most important film award apart from the Oscar – brings the usual array of auteurs to the table.
Todd Haynes directs Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in period romance Carol. Paolo Sorrentino, still swollen with acclaim for The Great Beauty, returns with star-stuffed drama Youth. Young avant-garde master Yorgos Lanthimos directs Colin Farrell in an Irish co-production named The Lobster.
But the favourite might just be Dheepan, a social-realist drama from Jacques Audiard, director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone. We ’ll also be watching to see how Michael Fassbender handles the “Scottish character” in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth.
There are also mainstream delights away from the main competition.
Can Pixar, the animation studio of the age, recover form with its new fantasy Inside Out? Asif Kapadia’s Amy, a documentary about Amy Winehouse, has already kicked up some controversy with the late singer’s family.
Woody Allen makes yet another return to La Croisette with Irrational Man, a serious comedy featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. We can’t wait for Cemetery of Splendour, the latest from Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul in the Un Certain Regard section.