Are we reaching the point where the Cannes Film Festival is no longer the no brainer prestige stop for a year’s top movies? It actually seems that way, especially hot on the heels of the 2018 slate being announced without much in the way of flashy titles. Once upon a time, a potential Oscar contender wouldn’t have to think twice before accepting an invitation from the festival. Now? Well, not so much, it appears. The fest has been struggling to get the same level of film in recent years, and now it seems like this year had some straight up declining of invites.
According to Variety, two such movies to tell Cannes no are a pair of remakes. Namely, they’re Bradley Cooper‘s directorial debut “A Star Is Born” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” follow up “Suspiria.” After a whole slate of Netflix backed flicks being held out of the festival, being rejected by these movies is a real blow. Both films are hotly anticipated too. As you’ll see below, there are suspected reasons, but no matter how you slice it, this isn’t an ideal situation for the fest.
Here’s the relevant bit from the article:
Several high-profile projects, including Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” remake and Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” turned down invitations to attend, Variety has learned. According to insiders, many independent filmmakers have been told if they want an Oscar, Cannes falls too early on the calendars, as awards consultants point to mixed results for “Carol,” “Foxcatcher” and “Loving.” Venice, Telluride and Toronto, where critics are kinder and premieres are closer to voting season, have cemented their status as the best routes to golden statuettes.
Of course, there’s no one simple reason as to why the two films said no. Regardless, paired with the aforementioned lack of Netflix titles this year, Cannes feels a little dimmer than usual. Stay tuned to see if any last minute movies are added to try and brighten up the star power. We shall see…