Out of a record-breaking 83 submissions, here, in this order, are the HE picks. Which are basically the ones I saw and really liked in Cannes with the exception of Ida, which I saw last January in Sundance, and Rocks In My Pockets, which I’ve been told is a strong piece about depression. What am I missing? The notorious foreign-language committee has blown off Cannes-celebrated entries before…which ones will they ignore this time around?
Leviathan, d: Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); Wild Tales , d: Damian Szifron (Argentina); Ida, d: Paweł Pawlikowski (Poland); Two Days, One Night, d: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Belgium); Winter Sleep, d: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey); Force Majeure, d: Ruben Östlund (Sweden); Mommy, d: Xavier Dolan (Canada); Rocks in My Pockets, d: Signe Baumane (Latvia).
The one foreign-language feature I’ve heard is stunningly banal and deserves no consideration at all is Cantinflas, d: Sebastian del Amo (Mexico).