Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cannes Film Festival

The line-up for the 2013 Festival de Cannes is currently being announced.

  • The Great Gatsby (USA)- directed by Baz Luhrmann- out of competition

  • Behind the Candelabra (USA)- directed by Steven Soderbergh- Soderbergh's HBO film about the relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger boyfriend (Matt Damon.)  Rumored to be Soderbergh's final film; Soderbergh won the Palme D'Or for his breakout film, sex, lies and videotape.
  • Borgman (The Netherlands)- directed by Alex van Warmerdam
  • Grigris (France)- directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Heli (Spain)- directed by Arnat Escalante
  • The Immigrant (USA)- directed by James Gray- Gray's romantic drama stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard and tells the story of an immigrant woman and a dazzling musician.  Gray previously visited Cannes with Two Lovers, also starring Phoenix.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (USA)- directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen- The Coen Brothers return to Cannes (their first trip since No Country For Old Men in 2007) with their latest revolving around a 60s-era folk singer.  Stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.  CBS Films picked up the film for a fall release.
  • Jeune et Jolie (France)- directed by Francois Ozon- The director of Under the Sand and 8 Women returns to Cannes with his latest, described as a portrait of a 17-year-old girl in four songs and four seasons.  Charlotte Rampling co-stars.
  • Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) (USA)- directed by Arnaud Desplechin- Cannes regular and French filmmaker Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) makes his English language debut starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric.
  • La Grande Bellezza (France)- directed by Paolo Sorrentino- The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects about this lost youth.  Sorrentino is no stranger to Cannes with This Must Be the Place (which starred Sean Penn as an aging rock star) and Il Divo, which won the Jury Prize in 2008.
  • La Vie D'Adele (France)- directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Michael Kohlhass (France)- directed by Arnaud des Pallieres- French period drama starring Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Nebraska (USA)- directed by Alexander Payne- Payne returns to Cannes (he previously brought About Schmidt in 2002) with his latest family-strewn drama, this one stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte and Stacey Keach.  Paramount plans to release this film sometime later this year.  Curiously many reported Nebraska wouldn't be ready in time for Cannes.
  • Only God Forgives (USA)- directed by Nicolas Winding Refn- Refn's follow-up to Drive, which earned him the Directors Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, is a grisly noir with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.  The trailer has already elicited fan boy excitement and is due for release stateside, courtesy of Radius/TWC this summer.
  • The Past (The Netherlands)- directed by Asghar Farhardi- Farhardi follows-up the Oscar-winning A Separation with another tale of marital strife starring Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim.  Coincidentally, Cannes passed on the opportunity to screen A Separation two years ago.
  • Shield of Straw (Japan)- directed by Takashi Miike- From the director of 13 Assassins.
  • Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) (Japan)- directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Tian Zhy Ding (South Korea)- directed by Khang Ke Jia
  • Un Chateau en Italie (France)- directed by Valera Bruni Tedeschi- Drama about a family forced to sell their family home.
  • Venus in Fur (France)- directed by Roman Polanski- Drama concerning an actress trying to convince a director she's perfect for a part; based on the play by David Ives.  Polanski won the Palme D'Or in 2002 for The Pianist.

  • All is Lost (USA)- directed by J.C. Chandor- Survival story starring Robert Redford from the writer/director of Margin Call.
  • Blood Ties (USA)- directed by Guillaume Canet- Crime drama about two brothers on opposing sides of the law.  Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and in her second Cannes film of 2013, Marion Cotillard, star.

  • The Bling Ring (USA)- directed by Sophia Coppola (opener)- Previously reported.
  • Anonymous (Iran)- directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
  • As I Lay Dying (USA)- directed by James Franco- Franco directs and adapts the William Faulkner novel.
  • Bends- directed by Flora Lau
  • Death March- directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
  • Fruitvale Station (USA)- directed by Ryan Coogler- Given an extended title since winning the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award and being snapped up by the Weinstein Company, Fruitvale will tour Cannes before entering art house cinemas this summer.
  • Grand Central (France)- directed by Rebecca Zlotwski
  • La Jaula de Oro (Spain)- directed by Diego Quernada-Diez
  • Les Salauds (France)- directed by Claire Denis- The legendary Denis (White Material, Beau Travail) returns to Cannes with her latest.
  • L'Image Manquante (France)- directed by Rithy Panh
  • L'Inconnu du Lac (France)- directed by Alain Guiraudie
  • Miele (Italy)- directed by Valeria Golino
  • Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (The Philippines)- directed by Lav Diaz
  • Omar (Israel)- directed by Hany Abu-Assad
  • Sarah Prefere La Course (Canada)- directed by Chloe Robichaud

Special screenings:
  • Otdat Konci – Taisia Igumentseva
  • Seduced and Abandoned – James Toback
  • Week of a Champion – Roman Polanski
  • Stop the Pounding Heart – Roberto Minervini
  • Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – Stephen Frears
  • Max Rose – Daniel Noa
Midnight screenings:
  • Blind Detective – Johnnie To
  • Monsoon Shootout – Amit Kumar
  • Zulu (France)- directed by Jerome Salle 

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