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Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 4
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Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
(Japan)

In Competition



Synopsis:

Three sister in their 20s who live together in Kamakura meet their 14-year-old half sister for the first time after their father dies. Based on Akimi Yoshida’s popular serialized comic Umimachi Diary. Starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose, Kaho

This film will mark Kore-eda's fourth appearance in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His Like Father, Like Son took the Jury Prize in 2013, and was one of the most succesful domestic films in Japan that year. The trailer indicates that Our Little Sister will be succesful too, as it looks like it's going to be a heartfelt drama about the dynamics between sisters who get to know each other and become a family.

The trailer:


Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 3
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My Mother (Mia Madre), directed by Nanni Moretti
(Italy)

In Competition



Synopsis:

A filmmaker is swept up in the emotional turmoil of moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment and dealing with a teenage daughter and a hospitalized mom. All this inevitably boils over into the political film she’s making about factory workers at odds with management. Starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro

This film has already been released in Moretti's native Italy to rave reviews, and it is expected to take a prize at Cannes as well. Moretti has had five previous films in competition, winning Palme d'Or for his film The Son's Room in 2001.

Here is the official Italian trailer:


Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 2
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The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
(Taiwan)

In Competition



Synopsis:

A female assassin begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with a man she's supposed to kill. Set during the mighty Tang Dynasty-period in China. Starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen.

This is the director's first martial arts film ever, and also his first film since Flight of the Red Balloon, which opened Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard in 2007. He has also had films in competition 7 times so far. Personally, I can't wait to see what he has been able to do with this film, even though the plot seems a bit "been there, done that". Still, I'm anticipating a great reception.

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 1
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This year's Cannes line-up seems absolutely amazing, so I thought I'd write down some of my thoughts about the films that interest me. Here goes Cannes Edition, part 1:


Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti), directed by Matteo Garrone
(Italy, France, UK)

In Competition



Synopsis:

It is loosely based on stories from the 17th-century fairytale collection The Tale of Tales, compiled by Giambattista Basile. Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones

It really seems one of the most ambitious films of the selection. Shot on location in Italy, Director Garrone ventures into the realm of horror and fantasy in his English-languge debut. His earlier films were well received (winning Cannes Grand Prix for Gomorra in 2008 and Reality in 2012), so I'm looking forward to seeing the reception to his latest film, a project that is without a doubt his most experimental yet. It seems like a bizarre ode to fantasy and horror, a true joy to imagination, and it could be either genius or a disaster.

A teaser: