Full 2016 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Spielberg, Dolan, Dardennes

Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 69th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've revealed a fantastic selection of films premiering. For 2016 they've programmed quite a few prominent returning filmmakers along with some exciting newcomers. Steven Spielberg's new adaptation The BFG will premiere Out-of-Competition, along with Shane Black's The Nice Guys and Jodie Foster's Money Monster. In the competition, they're showing new films from Andrea Arnold, the Dardennes Brothers, Xavier Dolan, Jim Jarmusch, Jeff Nichols, Park Chan-wook, Paul Verhoeven, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Full list found below.

Here's the complete selection of 2016 films directly from Cannes, including the director for easy reference.

COMPETITION (20 FILMS):
Toni Erdman - dir. Maren Ade
Julieta - dir. Pedro Almodovar
Personal Shopper - dir. Olivier Assayas
American Honey - dir. Andrea Arnold
The Unknown Girl - dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
It's Only the End of the World - dir. Xavier Dolan
Slack Bay - dir. Bruno Dumont
Paterson - dir. Jim Jarmusch
Rester Vertical - dir. Alain Guiraudie
Aquarius - dir. Kleber Mendonca Filho
From the Land of the Moon - dir. Nicole Garcia
I, Daniel Blake - dir. Ken Loach
Ma'Rosa - dir. Brillante Mendoza
Bacalaureat - dir. Cristian Mungiu
Loving - dir. Jeff Nichols
The Handmaiden - dir. Park Chan-Wook
The Last Face - dir. Sean Penn
Sieranevada - dir. Cristi Puiu
Elle - dir. Paul Verhoeven
The Neon Demon - dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

OPENING NIGHT FILM:
Café Society - dir. Woody Allen

OUT OF COMPETITION (4 FILMS):
The BFG - dir. Steven Spielberg
Goksung - dir. Na Hong-Jin
Money Monster - dir. Jodie Foster
The Nice Guys - dir. Shane Black

UN CERTAIN REGARD (17 FILMS):
Varoonegi - dir. Behnam Behzadi
Apprentice - dir. Boo Junfeng
Voir du Pays - dirs. Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin
La Danseuse - dir. Stephanie di Giusto
Clash - dir. Mohamed Diab
La Tortue Rouge - dir. Michael Dubok de Wit
Fuchi Bi Tatsu - dir. Fukada Koji
Omar Shakhsiya - dir. Maha Haj
Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvaot - dir. Eran Kolirin
After The Storm - dir. Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Hymyileva Mies - dir. Juho Kuosmanen
La Large Noche de Francisco Sanctis - dirs. Francisco Marquez & Andrea Testa
Caini - dir. Bogdan Mirica
Pericle Il Nero - dir. Stefano Mordini
Captain Fantastic - dir. Matt Ross
The Transfiguration - dir. Michael O'Shea
Uchenik - dir. Kirill Serebrennikov

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS (2 FILMS):
Gimme Danger - dir. Jim Jarmusch
The Train to Busan - dir. Yeon Sang-Ho

SPECIAL SCREENINGS (4 FILMS):
L'ultima Spiaggia - dirs. Thanos Anastopoulous & Davide del Degan
A Chad Tragedy - dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Death of Louis XIV - dir. Albert Serra
Le Cancre - dir. Paul Vecchiali

That's the line-up for Cannes 2016, with possibly one or two more missing from the selection. Overall this is an outstanding selection of films this year - a huge amount of extremely talented filmmakers from all over the world presenting their latest work. I've been attending the Cannes Film Festival since 2009, and some years the selection isn't that great. This year seems to be a vintage year with many promising films and even more on the way in the sidebars (Directors' Fortnight, Critics' Week). I'm most looking forward to seeing the new films from Xavier Dolan, Andrea Arnold, Jeff Nichols, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black. As always - I'm excited to get back to the Croisette and start watching films in hopes that we're all floored by some unforgettable cinema. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11th to May 22nd in Cannes, France.