I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie): Being a figure skating fan, this one is on my list. Margot Robbie plays disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding, who infamously was involved in an attack on her rival skater, Nancy Kerrigan. I hope this will be an insightful look at the pressure of being an elite athlete with a scrappy background. (Either that or a total cheese-fest).
Woman Walks Ahead (Susana White): Jessica Chastain stars as Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, who travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land. I will watch Chastain in almost anything, and the premise looks interesting.
The Square (Ruben Östlund): This satire from Swedish filmaker Östlund about the post-modern art world won the Palm d'Or at Cannes. Cast includes Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang.
Haifaa al-Mansour): Elle Fanning plays the famed author of , with Douglas Booth, Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge (who is currently being tortured 8 shows/week in 1984).
The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon): Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison? This is the third, I believe, biopic that Cumberbatch has starred in (he’s already played Julian Assange and Alan Turing), so I’m curious to see how he takes on the American inventor, as he races to create sustainable electricity. Festival favorite Michael Shannon plays George Westinghouse.
Stephen Frears): Dame Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and charts her unusual relationship with an Indian clerk (Ali Fasal). Dench won as Oscar nearly 20 years ago for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love for a total of six minutes, so imagine what she could do playing a monarch for an entire movie?
More films will be announced in August and I will be sure to add to my wish list or revise the above. There is no guarantee I will get to see all the films on this list as it will depend on the schedule and availability of tickets. In any case, the films they’ve announced so far look really promising!