Gibson stars in Cannes late entries

New films from Mackenzie, Richet and Farhadi.

by Richard Mowe

Midnight movie: Mel Gibson stars in Jean-François Richet’s Blood Father at the Cannes Film Festival
Midnight movie: Mel Gibson stars in Jean-François Richet’s Blood Father at the Cannes Film Festival Photo: Cannes Film Festival

David Mackenzie’s new film, Hell Or High Water, which stars Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges has been added to the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section.

The film deals with a divorced father and his ex-con brother who dream up a desperate scheme to save the family farm in West Texas, and it marks Mackenzie’s first feature film outing since Starred Up in 2013.

Scene from The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi
Scene from The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi Photo: Cannes Film Festival

Other additions to the Festival line-up include The Salesman by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, which will receive its world premiere in competition.

Mohamed Diab’s Clash will open Un Certain Regard while French director Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, starring Mel Gibson, has secured a Midnight Screening slot.

Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s artistic director has also added three films to the Special Screenings section: Jonathan Littell’s Wrong Elements (US). Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet’s La Foret de Quinconces and Karim Dridi’s Chouf (both France).

It was also announced earlier today (22 April) that Iggy Pop will attend the midnight show of Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger on 19 May.

Additions to the line-up:-

In Competition

  • The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Un Certain Regard

  • Opening film: Eshtebak (Clash) by Mohamed Diab (Egypt)
  • Hell Or High Water by David Mackenzie (UK)

Midnight Screenings

  • Blood Father by Jean-François Richet (France)

Special Screenings

  • Wrong Elements by Jonathan Littell (US)
  • La Forêt De Quinconces by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (France)
  • Chouf by Karim Dridi (France / Tunisia)

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