Compared to many festivals, Cannes is downright petite. A mere 20 films vie for attention in the main competition, with another 21 in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. With an additional eight titles receiving out of competition slots, that's a total of 49 movies -- not counting the Cannes Classics sidebar and the selections at Directors' Fortnight and Critics Weeks, which are technically separate events.
That said, Cannes is tiny like a drop of nitroglycerine. A relatively unknown film can become a frontrunner for the Palme d'Or after its premiere and a few boos at a morning press screening can kill a movie's prospects by afternoon.
So what do we think will be worth seeing, across all sections? Frankly, if it's anywhere at Cannes, it's worth watching -- even if only so you can say, "How did that ever get into Cannes?" However, this year's early buzz has been unusually positive and until screenings can prove otherwise, here's what we think are the lineup's more intriguing aspects.
In no particular order:
The generally foolhardy Dardenne brothers are back with "The Kid With a Bike," about a runaway child on the lam from youth workers.