Oscar winning No Country For Old Men and Fargo filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are heading up the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, alongside the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller.
Once again, a plethora of filmmaking talent is set to descend on the festival, now in its 68th year. This year's eclectic roster features a blend of big-budget Hollywood offerings and eye-catching gems.
Here are some of the highlights...
Cannes is one of the most prestigious events in the cinema calendar, as nominated films find themselves in competition for the prestigious Palme D'Or award. Success at Cannes is often said to bode well for future success at the Academy Awards – the aforementioned No Country was nominated for the Palme D'Or and went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
There are 19 films in competition for this year's Palme D'Or, including Macbeth which sees the brilliant Michael Fassbender tackling one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters; and Carol, a 1950s-set story about the relationship betwen two women starring Cate Blanchett. There's also The Lobster, a genre-defying oddity from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose 2009 film Dogtooth previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star.
Meanwhile Emily Blunt stars in action-thriller Sicario for Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve (also the helmer of the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel). Following his Oscar winning hit The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino is back with Youth, featuring a performance from Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor that's said to be sensational.
However, not all films are in competition for top prize. The film's annual 'Out of Competition' section places greater emphasis on mainstream crowd-pleasers. This year, they include full-on action epic Mad Max: Fury Road, already the recipient of rave critical reviews, and the world premiere of Pixar's latest animation Inside Out, whose emotional storyline is said to have reduced preview audiences to tears.
What else is new?
Senna director Asif Kapadia hosts a midnight screening of his new film Amy, exploring the troubled and tragically curtailed life of singer Amy Winehouse. Woody Allen's latest Irrational Man starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone also takes a bow, focusing on the relationship between a college philosophy professor and one of his students.
Click here for more details of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Stay tuned to the blog as we bring you feedback on the Mad Max and Inside Out screenings, as well as coverage of the eventual winner of this year's Palme D'Or.