2016 Cannes Films

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1. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 45,273 | Gross: $0.26M

Palme d'Or

2. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,443

Grand Prix

3. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 32,669 | Gross: $0.66M

Jury Prize

4. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 42,894 | Gross: $2.40M

Award for Best Actor, Award for Best Screenplay

5. Ma' Rosa (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Ma' Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles

Votes: 780

Award for Best Actress

6. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 31,740 | Gross: $1.31M

Award for Best Director

7. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,640 | Gross: $0.18M

Award for Best Director

8. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 83,491 | Gross: $2.01M

Vulcain Prize for an Artist Technician

9. Divines (2016)

105 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

A street teenager from a dysfunctional family from a banlieue (HLMs) in Paris comes across a young dancer who turns her life upside down.

Director: Houda Benyamina | Stars: Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel, Jisca Kalvanda

Votes: 7,159

Camera d'Or

10. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,576

Prize of Un Certain Regard

11. Harmonium (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.02M

Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard

12. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 164,275 | Gross: $5.88M

Directing Prize, Un Certain Regard

13. The Stopover (2016)

102 min | Drama

Two young French soldiers take a three-day leave in Cyprus after finishing their tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Directors: Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin | Stars: Soko, Ariane Labed, Ginger Romàn, Karim Leklou

Votes: 632

Prize of Best Screenplay, Un Certain Regard

14. The Red Turtle (2016)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Fantasy

86 Metascore

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit | Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers

Votes: 25,944 | Gross: $0.92M

Special Prize, Un Certain Regard

15. The Lives of Thérèse (2016)

55 min | Documentary

Thérèse Clerc is one of the great figures of militantism. From the struggle to legalize abortion to the fight for equal rights of men and women and the battle for gay rights, she's been on ... See full summary »

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Star: Thérèse Clerc

Votes: 40

Queer Palm

16. Mimosas (2016)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A dying Sheikh travels across the Moroccan Atlas in a caravan escorted by two rogues.

Director: Oliver Laxe | Stars: Ahmed Hammoud, Shakib Ben Omar, Said Aagli, Ikram Anzouli

Votes: 637

Critics Week Grand Prize

17. Cinema Novo (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Cinema Novo is a movie-essay that investigates poetically the most important movement of Latin America cinema, through the thoughts of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Glauber ... See full summary »

Director: Eryk Rocha | Stars: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Carlos Diegues, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Glauber Rocha

Votes: 279

Golden Eye

18. The Cinema Travellers (2016)

96 min | Documentary

Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya

Votes: 94

Special Mention, Golden Eye

19. Wolf and Sheep (2016)

86 min | Drama

Based upon unpublished diaries, the film assumes the role of an anthropologist observing remote shepherd communities in Afghanistan where wolves and sheep have equal importance.

Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat | Stars: Sediqa, Qodrat, Amina, Sahar

Votes: 234

SACD Prize, Director's Fortnight

20. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 38,992 | Gross: $1.48M

21. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 25,340 | Gross: $1.49M

22. The Unknown Girl (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 6,239 | Gross: $0.15M

23. Slack Bay (2016)

Unrated | 122 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent

Votes: 3,703 | Gross: $0.11M

24. From the Land of the Moon (2016)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl, Brigitte Roüan

Votes: 4,682 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Staying Vertical (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.

Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry, Christian Bouillette

Votes: 1,887 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 57,242 | Gross: $2.14M

27. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,609 | Gross: $0.29M

28. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 28,637 | Gross: $7.70M

29. The Last Face (2016)

R | 130 min | Drama

16 Metascore

A director (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Brandon Phillips, Anna Strelkov

Votes: 3,936

30. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Votes: 3,654

31. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 55,671

32. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 74,577 | Gross: $1.33M

33. Dogs (2016)

104 min | Drama, Thriller

Roman returns to the land he has just inherited from his grandfather. Fully decided to sell this vast but desolate property, he is warned by the local cop that his grandfather was a local ... See full summary »

Director: Bogdan Mirica | Stars: Dragos Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov, Costel Cascaval

Votes: 2,347

34. The Dancer (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

44 Metascore

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto | Stars: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp

Votes: 1,870

35. The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (2016)

TV-MA | 78 min | Drama

Buenos Aires, 1977. During the military dictatorship, Francisco Sanctis receives information about two people sentenced to "disappear." A quiet middle-aged family man without any political ... See full summary »

Directors: Francisco Márquez, Andrea Testa | Stars: Diego Velázquez, Laura Paredes, Valeria Lois, Marcelo Subiotto

Votes: 336

36. Personal Affairs (2016)

90 min | Drama

In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their ... See full summary »

Director: Maha Haj | Stars: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ziad Bakri, Jihan Dermelkonian, Hanan Hillo

Votes: 166

37. The Transfiguration (2016)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror

65 Metascore

When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.

Director: Michael O'Shea | Stars: Eric Ruffin, Karin Cherches, Luis Scott, Dangelo Bonneli

Votes: 2,987 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Fool Moon (2016)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Paul a young man shared between the promise of a new relationship, and the memory of a finished story ..

Director: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet | Stars: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Pauline Caupenne, Amandine Truffy, Marilyne Canto

Votes: 71

39. Wrong Elements (2016)

133 min | Documentary

Uganda, 1989. A young rebel who claims to be visited by spirits, Joseph Kony, forms a movement against the central power: the LRA, The Lord's Resistance Army. An "army" that grew by ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Littell | Stars: Geofrey, Nighty, Mike, Lapisa Evelyn

Votes: 56

40. Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond (2016)

80 min | Documentary

a documentary that explores the life and artistry of one of the virtuoso founding fathers of contemporary cinematography, the Hungarian-born neorealist Vilmos Zsigmond.

Director: Pierre Filmon | Stars: Nancy Allen, John Boorman, James Chressanthis, Bruno Delbonnel

Votes: 51

41. Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, History

68 Metascore

The documentary "Midnight Return" explores the enduring and emotional power of film as seen through the lens of the blockbuster success Midnight Express (1978).

Director: Sally Sussman Morina | Stars: Alan Parker, David Puttnam, Giorgio Moroder, Peter Greenberg

Votes: 65

42. The Family Whistle (2016)

65 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the origins of the famed Coppola family of musicians and filmmakers.

Director: Michele Russo | Stars: Anton Coppola, Christopher Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Marc Coppola

Votes: 15

43. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 17,701 | Gross: $0.29M

44. Mercenary (I) (2016)

103 min | Drama, Sport

A young man of Wallisian origin in New Caledonia defies his father to go and play rugby in France. Living on his own on the other side of the world, he learns there is a price to pay to find success.

Director: Sacha Wolff | Stars: Toki Pilioko, Iliana Zabeth, Mikaele Tuugahala, Laurent Pakihivatau

Votes: 530

45. Albüm (2016)

105 min | Comedy

A middle-class Turkish couple is far from willing to admit they used adoption as a last resort to build a family, and will do anything to keep it a secret.

Director: Mehmet Can Mertoglu | Stars: Sebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kiliç, Muttalip Mujdeci, Müfit Kayacan

Votes: 903

46. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 51,404 | Gross: $0.51M

47. One Week and a Day (2016)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there ... See full summary »

Director: Asaph Polonsky | Stars: Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Tomer Capon, Evgenia Dodina

Votes: 779 | Gross: $0.04M

48. Tramontane (2016)

105 min | Drama

Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and ... See full summary »

Director: Vatche Boulghourjian | Stars: Barakat Jabbour, Julia Kassar, Toufic Barakat, Michel Adabachi

Votes: 257

49. A Yellow Bird (2016)

112 min | Drama