Some of the best films to feature at the Cannes Film Festival will be shown at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Here are a few of our favourites to look out for when MIFF rolls into town this August.

The Square
Crowned as the 2017 Palme d'Or winner, The Square is definitely one to catch at this year’s MIFF. The Ruben Östlund film is a sprawling and surreal satire of the contemporary art world. The movie centers around a director of a contemporary art museum who comes up with an art installation devised to cause controversy in order to bring excitement to his gallery.

Following on from his previous award winner, Force Majeure, Ostlund’s new film relishes moments of awkwardness and absurdity while lampooning giant egos.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The director of The Lobster (2015) Yorgos Lanthimos is back with another cutting, dark comedy-thriller that has gained adulation at Cannes once again. Colin Farrell stars opposite Nicole Kidman in this masterfully orchestrated Greek tragedy centering on society’s patriarchal assumptions and human hubris.

French writer-director Robin Campillo paints a heart-wrenching portrait of the early ’90s war on AIDS and its painful consequences in BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won this year’s Grand Prix prize. The movie is an insight into the plight of Parisian AIDS activists and their response to the effects of the virus on the gay community at the end of the 20th century.

Good Time
Robert Pattinson stars as a small-time bank robber in this fast-paced heist thriller. The story revolves around two brothers in New York; Nik Nikas, played by co-director Benny Safdie, who is mentally disabled, and Connie Nikas, played by Pattinson. Critics at Cannes made note of the film's gritty camera style and accomplished set pieces, along with a peak performance by one-time teen heartthrob Pattinson.

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev explores the life of a Moscow couple whose marriage is on the verge of ruin. The gradual decay of his parents’ relationship slowly eats into 12-year-old Alyosha’s psyche, and he decides to run away from home. The director intelligently uses this plot to examine the levels of corruption that exist in Russian society.

Here is the entire list of Cannes Film Festival movies announced at MIFF:
The Square
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Good Time
In the Fade
Happy End
Let the Sunshine In
Lover for a Day
Faces Places
The Venerable W
A Man of Integrity
Tehran Taboo
I Am Not a Witch
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
April’s Daughter
Brigsby Bear
Oh Lucy! *
Top of the Lake: China Girl*
Patti Cake$
Claire’s Camera
24 Frames
A Ciambra
Jupiter’s Moon
A Prayer Before Dawn
Blade of the Immortal
Beauty and the Dogs
Until the Birds Return
Los Perros
A Gentle Creature

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