Cannes Film Festival is always a starry affair, and this year looks set to be no different. As well as the red carpet roll-call (more on this later), the Cannes jury is also packing some serious star power, as it has just been announced that Sienna Miller will join Jake Gyllenhaal as one of this year’s jurors. Our frock predictions have already gone into overdrive, as you might imagine, particularly given her impeccable line-up of gowns on red carpets earlier this year. Having chosen Oscar de la Renta for The Oscars, and Miu Miu for the Golden Globes, we’re excited to see what’s in her Cannes suitcase.
But, other than an A-list line-up on the judging panel, there are also a long list of Hollywood stars appearing in 2015’s official selection of films. And, not only is there a wide selection of many different English language films on the list, but there are also some formidable leading ladies in some impressive roles.
For starters, Marion Cotillard stars as the frightening Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender as the story’s eponymous character. To say this casting is a stroke of genius is perhaps an understatement. We’ve loved her as tragic heroines, as in La Vie En Rose in which she portrayed French signer Edith Piaf, but the actress also gives good villain, as in The Dark Knight Rises. And, while we’ll be revelling in the Shakespearean drama, we’ll also, no doubt, be swooning over Marion’s red carpet style. As a face of Dior, the French star is a loyal ambassador for the brand, and we’re expecting some knock-out couture creations throughout the 11 days.
Another exciting film to get on your radar is Carol, the new offering from director Todd Haynes, which tells the story of a young woman working at a department store who falls in love with an older female customer called Carol. Based on novel The Prince Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (she who wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley), the love-struck young woman is played by Rooney Mara, while Cate Blanchett stars as Carol. With the film set in the ’50s, we can hardly wait to see the wardrobes of the two actresses, not to mention their sartorial choices whilst in Cannes.
We haven’t seen much of Rooney Mara recently, so we’re thinking of Cannes as her red carpet comeback. Known for making rather daring style choices, Rooney favours the likes of Celine, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Chanel, opting for structured pieces with a gothic edge. Cate Blanchett, meanwhile, is always unfailingly elegant, often choosing timelesss, directional styles in vivid hues. The Australian actress is a particular super fan of our very own Roksanda Illincic, favouring her feminine silhouettes and bold use of colour, most recent choosing a striped midi dress while promoting Cinderella. As well as her Roksanda haul, Cate (much like her co-star, Rooney) is pretty fearless in her choices. Need we even mention her Margiela gown at the Oscars? We’re still obsessed.
Repping the Brits this year is Emily Blunt, who plays an FBI agent in crime drama Sicario. A hotly anticipated movie for 2015, her co-stars include Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, while the film is directed by Denis Villeneuve. Of course, Emily is one of our style faves, often championing British designers such as Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane. Her ability to pull off a Dolce gown like it’s NBD is pretty unrivalled, too. Our love for her knows no bounds.
If that’s still not enough for you to look forward to, prepare for the beautiful presence of Rachel Weisz, who is appearing in not one, but two films at this year’s festival. She stars as the daughter of a retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine) in Youth, and joins Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman in dystopian fantasy, The Lobster. We’re excited for her old-school Hollywood glam, as the actress often chooses floor-sweeping gowns by the likes of Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci.
Also in The Lobster is French actress Lea Seydoux, perhaps best known for Blue Is The Warmest Colour (for which she won the Palme d’Or prize at Cannes in 2013). As a face of both Prada and Miu Miu, Lea is rarely seen in anything else. Expect some epic looks right off the runways of these Italian powerhouses.
The festival starts on 13th May, so there’s not long to go now. Whatever happens on the red carpet, though, we know one thing for sure: Cannes selfies will be near to non-existent this year, as the festival’s artistic director, Thierry Frémaux has announced a new “limitation” on the amount of selfies celebs can snap. Instagram may be disappointed, but we certainly won’t be.
By Hannah Banks-Walker