The 15 Coolest Cannes Movies

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You may know the Cannes Film Festival as one of the most prestigious and respected institutions in the industry, the festival that introduced the world to art house classics like The Third ManBlack OrpheusThe Umbrellas of CherbourgBarton Fink and Blue is the Warmest Color. But although those films may be amazing, they cater to a specific breed of filmlover, the ones who respect the art form and want to be challenged, and who may or may not be the life of any given party.

But Cannes has never shied away from the edgiest motion pictures, the violent, sexy, hallucinatory, genre delights that came over the course of the past few decades to define cinematic coolness. Don't pigeonhole the Cannes Film Festival as the refuge for art house visionaries – although it's certainly that too – but instead remember that these renegades also challenged our collective understanding of what movies could be, what style could accomplish, and what boundaries the dominant art form of the last hundred years could push.

In other words, we here at CraveOnline ask you to remember the coolest damned films to ever premiere at the festvial. These are our picks for The 15 Coolest Cannes Movies.


William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.