The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up last weekend with the coveted Palme D'Or going to Turkish drama Winter Sleep and several presumed Oscar contenders gathering steam for their long campaigns. As studios move to snap up the distribution rights to the festival hits, here are the movies to look out for in the coming months:
Directed by Cannes favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), who has won a prize at the festival for each of his films since his 2003 debut Uzak. The Turkish auteur took his first Palme D'Or this year for Winter Sleep, which focuses on a former actor who runs a hotel in the mountains. Ceylan's films are slow-moving and quietly affecting, the kind that bubble away at your brain for a while after seeing them but end up sticking with you. He's never had a real arthouse crossover hit in the States, but he's built up a strong critical reputation, and Winter Sleep's Palme win should guarantee it a slightly wider audience. Its distribution rights remain unclaimed.
A presumed Oscar favorite since 2013, this is Bennett Miller's third film, after Capote and Moneyball. Again he's presenting a biographical work, one that looks at the tragic ending of "Team Foxcatcher," an Olympic wrestling stable run by the unbalanced millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carrell). The physical transformation aspect of Carrell's performance has already attracted high praise, as has Channing Tatum's work as wrestler Mark Schultz. Miller took the Best Director prize at Cannes; Foxcatcher will be released in the U.S. in November by Sony Pictures Classics.