Cannes Film Festival: The Best Films that Were Screened Out of Competition at Cannes

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Family Plot

This witty, crafty movie was one of Alfred Hitchcock's more underrated films and also his last. It starred Karen Black, Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern and William Devane, and was the closing film for the festival in 1976. The story follows a psychic and her partner's attempts at finding an old woman's nephew, who had been given up for adoption when he was younger.

Cries and Whispers

The film had director Ingmar Bergman displaying his poetic stylization and starred Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson and Kari Sylwan. We witness resentment gradually surface when two women visit their chronically ill sister with the intention of taking care of her. The film was screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.


In this Federico Fellini film, we see a young boy Titta, encounter a myriad of characters in his day-to-day life. The film places Titta in a family with a strict father and a loving mother and treads the line between fact and fantastical. The film stars Bruno Zanin, Armando Brancia and Pupella Maggio and was screened at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Uma Thurman as The Bride. In the second volume, she returns to assassinate those who had turned against her when she needed them most, above all who is Bill, her former lover.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

In this Steven Spielberg blockbuster, we see the bond that develops between an alien abandoned on Earth and a young boy who keeps him safe from the authorities. The movie stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton and Dee Wallace. This was the the closing film of the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.

The Usual Suspects

The neo-noir mystery directed by Bryan Singer features Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne and Stephen Baldwin. The only survivor from a brutal gunfight recounts how five criminals met by chance, and the journey they embarked on to steal emeralds worth three million dollars.

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The film, directed by Anurag Kashyap, has been selected as part of the Midnight Screenings section at Cannes.