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Los Angeles Times & KPCC film critic Justin Chang on what you should be watching for coming out of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival




British actor Gary Oldman (L) kisses his wife Gisele Schmidt at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
British actor Gary Oldman (L) kisses his wife Gisele Schmidt at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
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It may be getting more attention for eschewing Netflix films or who is and isn’t wearing heels, but at the end of the day, the Cannes Film Festival in France is still all about le cinéma.

The famous French film festival is in its 71st year and wraps up this Saturday with a screening of the adventure comedy “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” from director Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame. It opened last Tuesday, May 8th with the film “Everybody Knows” from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, a two-time Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film for “The Salesman” in 2017 and “A Separation” in 2012. Other films getting buzz include Spike Lee’s latest film “BlacKkKlansman,” the story of an African-American cop who infiltrates a local KKK chapter and “The House That Jack Built,” a murder thriller from director Lars Von Trier, just to name a couple.

KPCC and Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang has been in Cannes taking it all in. He joins Larry to talk about the major headlines from the festival, the movies he’s seen, frontrunners for the coveted Palme d’Or, and what you should be watching for as the films make their way to theaters in the U.S.

Guest:

Justin Chang, film critic for KPCC and the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @JustinCChang