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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 144) – Here’s What We Think About the 2017 Cannes Lineup

What made the cut and what caught us by surprise? Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson look at the big picture of this year's exciting Cannes lineup.

Palais Des Festivals along the Croisette in Cannes

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The first quarter of 2017 has been a busy one for the film industry. From Sundance to the dramatic end of Oscar season, from SXSW to CinemaCon, there has been no shortage of new stories about the art and commerce of movies. But we’re just getting started on the conversation about cinema in 2017, as this week’s announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup proved beyond a doubt.

As usual, the snazzy French gathering unveiled a very promising selection of internationally renowned auteurs, in addition to a few unexpected ingredients. The twists were especially notable this year for the way they reflected changes in the industry — the inclusion of TV and Netflix-produced features are just two variables that caught us off-guard. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson go through the program and explore some of its most important contents. They also debate a new movie in theaters, “The Lost City of Z.”

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of Indiewire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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