The Beasts

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The Beasts

The Cannes Film Festival has added two new titles to the Official Selection of its 75th edition running May 17 to 28. 

Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Spanish-French rural thriller The Beasts (As Bestas) has joined the Cannes Première section and the documentary Salam will debut as a Special Screening.

The new additions bring the total number of films in Official Selection to 68.

Denis Ménochet and Marina Foïs star as a French couple who move to a village in the northern Spanish region of Galicia in a bid to be closer to nature, only to be greeted with hostility by some of the locals. Luis Zahera and Diego Anido also feature in the cast.

It is Sorogoyen’s fifth feature after Stockholm (2013), May God Save Us (2016), The Candidate (2018) and Mother (2019) with the director working on a number of TV dramas and shorts in between.

Documentary Salam is co-directed by female French rapper Diam’s (Mélanie Georgiades), Houda Benyamina and Anne Cissé.

It marks Benyamina’s first time in Official Selection after winning the Caméra d’Or in 2016 for her first film Divines which world premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.