Cannes Spotlight

With the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival drawing to a close at the end of May, we thought we’d highlight some of the films available through our Booking Scheme made by some of the festivals most acclaimed filmmakers.

35 Shots of Rum

With renowned French filmmaker Claire Denis’s hotly anticipated return to Cannes this year with Stars at Noon, why not pay a visit to what Sight and Sound listed as one of the 30 greatest films of the 2000s? 35 Shots of Rum tells the story of the close relationship between a widower and his daughter, which is tested with the arrival of a handsome stranger. Book now.

First Cow

Kelly Reichardt’s latest Cannes favourite, Showing Up, sees her collaborate once again with her First Cow co-writer, Jonathan Raymond. Last year’s First Cow is a gentle meditation on friendship and the beginnings of the ‘American dream’, set in 1820s frontier Oregon, starring John Magaro, who spoke about the film on the Cinema For All Podcast. Book now.


With Zahra Amir Ebrahimi winning the festivals Best Actress award for Ali Abbasi’s hotly anticipated third feature, there’s no better time to visit the directors Un Certain Regard winning Border. Described by Screen Anarchy as “nothing short of breathtaking”, the film follows a lonely border guard who develops an unusual attraction to a mysterious lone traveller, beginning a dark journey of self discovery. Book now.

Still Walking

Returning to Cannes this year for the first time since his 2018 Palme D’or win for Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s quiet masterpiece, Still Walking, remains one of his finest films to date. Telling the story of a family reuniting to commemorate the passing of the eldest son, the film was seen as a spiritual successor to the work of Yasujirō Ozu and brought Kore-eda to even greater international attention. Book now.

The Nile Hilton Incident

Making his Cannes debut with this year’s Boy from Heaven, Tarik Saleh was labelled one of the most exciting contemporary Swedish filmmakers after his breakout film, The Nile Hilton Incident. Set in Cairo, Eygpt, The Nile Hilton Incident follows a policeman caught in a web of corruption and deceit upon being assigned to investigate a murder at an upscale hotel. Book now.