Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dir Quentin Tarantino
Tarantino’s new black comedy-drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a fading TV star and his veteran stunt double in late 1960s Hollywood, as Los Angeles is traumatised by the Manson family murders.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Dir Céline Sciamma
Noémie Merlant stars as a young painter who has been commissioned to create a portrait of a young woman (Adèle Haenel) without her knowledge – a project of artistic surveillance and reportage.

Little Joe

Dir Jessica Hausner
Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw star in Hausner’s eerie futurist parable about a plant breeder who develops a flower nicknamed Little Joe that can induce happiness in those who nurture it.

Little Joe.
Flower power … Emily Beecham in Little Joe Photograph: HANDOUT

Sorry We Missed You

Dir Ken Loach
The director’s last film, I, Daniel Blake, won him a second Palme d’Or and electrified the UK debate on austerity. Now he returns with longtime screenwriter Paul Laverty with a tale of a hard-pressed delivery driver.

The Swallows of Kabul

Dirs Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec
Based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra, this animation is about Taliban-dominated Kabul in the late 90s – and the young love that struggles to survive there.

The Dead Don’t Die

Dir Jim Jarmusch
The Cannes regular offers the festival a bit of unwholesome confectionery with this opening gala: a zombie comedy-nightmare starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Adam Driver, and with an appearance by Iggy Pop.

Iggy Pop in The Dead Don’t Die.
Zombified … Iggy Pop in The Dead Don’t Die. Photograph: Frederick Elmes/AP

An Easy Girl

Dir Rebecca Zlotowski
Zlotowski directed the cult classic Grand Central, a romance set in a nuclear power station. Now she is at Cannes with a love story set on the French Riviera.

Frankie

Dir Ira Sachs
It wouldn’t be le festival without Isabelle Huppert, and she stars in Ira Sachs’s film about a family on holiday in Portugal. The cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear.

Watch a trailer for Frankie on YouTube

Sick, Sick, Sick

Dir Alice Furtado
A much-anticipated debut from rising star Alice Furtado, a young Brazilian director who has created a complex and painful high-school love affair, starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (from 120 Beats Per Minute).

Diego Maradona

Dir Asif Kapadia
The hand of God descends with this documentary from Asif Kapadia about the troubled football genius. Emir Kusturica has already done a film about him; Kapadia’s portrait promises a treasure trove of new material.

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