Cannes Film Festival 2016 – all our coverage

Browse all our coverage of the preeminent showcase of international and auteur cinema, including first-look reviews of all the top titles, commentary on the selections and awards and our gallery of the best film posters on show.


  • Cannes 2016: all the awards, and reaction

    Cannes 2016: all the awards, and reaction

    Ken Loach wins his second Palme d’Or, Andrea Arnold wins her third Jury Prize and Iran’s Asghar Farhadi wins two awards for best actor and screenplay – but Maren Ade’s widely admired Toni Erdmann leaves empty-handed. Do juries shun comedies? Do actors always lean to theatre stories, wonders Nick James?
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Cannes 2016: the Posters d’Or

    Cannes 2016: the Posters d’Or

    For our second annual showcase of the festival’s best posters, we picked two winners – from a wonderfully rich field. Is a festival the best place to see the uncompromised art of the film poster, asks Isabel Stevens?
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Cannes 2016 roundup: what should win?

    Cannes 2016 roundup: what should win?

    With the latter half of this year’s competition as discouraging as the first week was inspiring, Germany’s Maren Ade seems as deserving an awards candidate as the likes of Olivier Assayas, Jim Jarmusch, Kleber Mendoça Filho and Cristian Mungiu, says Nick James.
    Saturday 21 May 2016

  • Cannes 2016: midway roundup

    Cannes 2016: midway roundup

    Maren Ade’s impeccable comedy Toni Erdmann and Andrea Arnold’s tantalising road movie American Honey are only the cream of some serious treats unveiled at this year’s showcase so far, says Nick James.
    Tuesday 17 May 2016

  • Women’s work: ten female filmmakers at Cannes 2016

    Women’s work: ten female filmmakers at Cannes 2016

    From veterans to newcomers: Isabel Stevens picks out ten female talents at this year’s festival, and their work to watch.
    Tuesday 17 May 2016

  • Club class: Cannes’s 2016 intake

    Club class: Cannes’s 2016 intake

    Cannes wants to be a meritocracy. But who gets to play, asks Nick Bradshaw?
    Tuesday 10 May 2016


  • The Death of Louis XIV – first look

    The Death of Louis XIV – first look

    Six decades after The 400 Blows, Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the dying Sun King in a stately, majestic study of flesh and emblems from Albert Serra – surely the most beautiful film at Cannes 2016.
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Divines review: an exuberant young female buddy thriller

    Divines review: an exuberant young female buddy thriller

    This go-its-own-way banlieu barnstormer from the self-taught Houda Benyamina was officially the best debut feature at Cannes 2016, says Isabel Stevens.
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Risk – first look

    Risk – first look

    Isabel Stevens on Laura Poitras’s righteous, embedded portrait of Julian Assange and two years of WikiLeaking.
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Elle – first look

    Elle – first look

    A typically inimitable Isabelle Huppert takes no prisoners in Paul Verhoeven’s typically black-comic provocation, a rape-reaction art melodrama that’s his first film in ten years, writes Geoff Andrew.
    Sunday 22 May 2016

  • Raw – first look

    Raw – first look

    Chloe Roddick hails a fresh feminine (and sororal) horror from French first feature director Julia Ducournau, set in the blank spaces of a veterinary college.
    Saturday 21 May 2016

  • The Red Turtle – first look

    The Red Turtle – first look

    Studio Ghibli’s first international coproduction is a ravishing castaway fable by animator Michael Dudok de Wit that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak – with not a word spoken, says Isabel Stevens.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • My Life as a Courgette – first look

    My Life as a Courgette – first look

    A big film in a small package: Claude Barras’s children’s animation, written by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma, broaches downbeat themes with charm, heart and smarts, says Wendy Ide.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy – first look

    Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy – first look

    Chadian director Mahamet-Saleh Haroun was one of many exiles from the country’s brutal 1980s dictatorship. Now he honours the regime’s victims and documents a quarter-century campaign for justice, writes Geoff Andrew.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Graduation – first look

    Graduation – first look

    Nick James on a winning web of everyday Romanian secrets and compromises from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Aquarius – first-look review

    Aquarius – first-look review

    Neighbouring Sounds’ Kleber Mendonça Filho switches from Recife’s gated highrises to its smalltime beachfront with this eloquent saga of Sonia Braga’s proudly autonomous, economically besieged widower, writes Jordan Cronk.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • The Neon Demon – first look

    The Neon Demon – first look

    The latest from perennial provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn is a fashion-world flirtation with Sadean kitsch that lacks staying power, says Catherine Bray.
    Friday 20 May 2016

  • Slack Bay (Ma Loute) – first look

    Slack Bay (Ma Loute) – first look

    Bruno Dumont’s costume detective send-up set amongst the dunes of Calais is hamstrung by utterly OTT turns from Fabrice Luchini, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Juliet Binoche, reports Nick James.
    Thursday 19 May 2016

  • The Unknown Girl – first look

    The Unknown Girl – first look

    Adèle Haenel keeps it simple and open as a medic turned gumshoe in the Dardenne brothers’ latest investigation of social ties and moral binds, says Jonathan Romney.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Loving – first look

    Loving – first look

    Jeff Nichols plays a true court case of 1950s Old South intolerance from the inside, with Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in breakout roles, says Isabel Stevens.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Julieta – first look

    Julieta – first look

    A veneer of mystery-melodrama doesn’t take hold in Pedro Almodóvar’s talky yet muted new movie, says Sophie Monks Kaufman.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Personal Shopper – first look

    Personal Shopper – first look

    A medium-cool Kristen Stewart shops and drops in with the dead in Olivier Assayas’s modern mystical Paris, says Nick James.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Paterson – first look

    Paterson – first look

    Jim Jarmusch’s latest steers poems of place and people through Adam Driver’s city bus driver. Nick James hops on board.
    Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • American Honey – first look

    American Honey – first look

    Andrea Arnold hits the road with Shia LaBeouf, the scintillating discovery Sasha Lane and a slice of subcultural Americana, writes Alissa Simon.
    Monday 16 May 2016

  • The Handmaiden – first look

    The Handmaiden – first look

    The latest from South Korea’s sensual stylist Park Chan-Wook is an overworked but stirring period fetish romp, says Catherine Bray.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • Staying Vertical – first look

    Staying Vertical – first look

    Stranger by the Lake writer-director Alain Guiraudie returns to the pansexual playground of his early features with a shape-shifting fantasia of young parenthood and emotional paralysis, writes Jordan Cronk.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • Neruda – first look

    Neruda – first look

    The latest from Chile’s beady-eyed Pablo Larraín is a ludic thriller about exiled poet and enemy of the junta Pablo Neruda that plays cat and mouse games with fact and fiction, says Wendy Ide.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • Toni Erdmann – first look

    Toni Erdmann – first look

    German talent Maren Ade’s highly anticipated third film is a semi-comic portrait of grownup father-daughter awkwardness that also takes a chisel to the corporate bubble-world – and is likely to be one of the very best at this year’s Cannes, says Jonathan Romney.
    Sunday 15 May 2016

  • I, Daniel Blake – first look

    I, Daniel Blake – first look

    Ken Loach is back on song with a protest cry for common humanity in the face of modern Britain’s welfare web, says Geoff Andrew.
    Friday 13 May 2016

  • Sieranevada – first look

    Sieranevada – first look

    Cristi Puiu hones the art of Romanian realism with a deadpan family-wake drama that’s his most approachable film since The Death of Mr Lazarescu.
    Thursday 12 May 2016

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