Cannes Film Festival 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013

It is hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival is almost upon us again - it doesn't seem five minutes since we were heaping praise on movies such as Amour, Moonrise Kingdom and The Angels' Share.

A year on and there is another fantastic lineup for us to look forward to and we take at the five films that we are most excited about.

- Only God Forgives

If there is one movie that you make sure that you do not miss at the festival this year then it is Only God Forgives as Nicolas Winding Refn returns to the director's chair.

Refn has made some terrific movies in recent years such as Branson and Drive and Only God Forgives promises to be another gem of a movie.

He has reunited with Ryan Gosling for the second time - after proving to be a great team on the truly fantastic Drive.

Once again the movie is set to be brutal while Refn has brought his stylish flair to the way the movie looks.

Gosling is joined on the cast list by Kristen Scott Thomas, Tom Burke and Vithaya Pansringarm and this is going to be one of the most talked films of Cannes this year.

- The Immigrant

We haven't seen James Gray in the director's chair since Two Lovers but this year sees him return with The Immigrant.

Cannes is going to give us the first chance of seeing the movie as he reunites with Joaquin Phoenix.

This is Gray's fourth movie with the Oscar nominated actor and it will compete for The Palme d'Or.

Phoenix is joined on the cast list by fellow Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in what is a super exciting line up.

The drama follows innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her.

- As I Lay Dying

We will see James Franco return to the director's chair at the Cannes Film Festival with As I Lay Dying.

The movie is a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by William Faulkner and will see Franco star and pen the screenplay as well as direct.

He is joined on the cast list by Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Jenkins, Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson and the film will compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

As I Lay Dying is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honour her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

- The Great Gatsby

This year the Cannes Film Festival will open in real style as The Great Gatsby will be the first film screened at the festival.

The movie marks the return of Baz Luhrmann to the director's chair for the first time since Australia for what is set to be another lavish production.

The movie is a big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name and it brings together an great cast.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby while Carey Mulligan is set to play Daisy Buchanan. Joe; Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire are all also on board.

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.

Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.

- Inside Llewyn Davis

As if one dose of Carey Mulligan wasn't exciting enough she will also star in Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest movie for the Coen brothers.

Yes Joel and Ethan are back in the director's chair and have also penned the screenplay for the movie.

This is their first movie since A Serious Man, but they have penned the screenplay for True Grit and Gambit.

Inside Llewyn Davis follows a singer as they navigate the folk scene in the 1960s New York.

Oscar Isaac will take on the title role while Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garret Hedlund are also on board.

The Cannes Film Festival run 15th - 26th May

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