I can't believe Dolan's film is ready already.
Black Swan premiered at Venice not Cannes.
I thought I read somewhere that Annette Bening's new movie is gonna premiere at Cannes. It'd be nice to see her and Warren show up at a few of the events.
Haneke hasn't been on the jury, has he? I feel like him being the jury president this year would be very fitting considering this past year.
As I said somewhere else, the presumptive lineup Céd talks about has 8 films spoken in English, seven in French, one in French and Arabic (I guess), and only one in Japanese. It feels a too Western lineup for Cannes, which is, supposedly, the most international festival. And there’s still the possibility of the Coens, Allen, Malick and some other American auteurs applying.
So, I’m guessing not all of these films will be in competition in the official selection. Some will be special screenings out of competition, and some will go to parallel sections, because the official selection simply cannot have 8 movies in English and 7-8 in French. And that’s without making room for Coens, Allen or Malick.
It’s also too genre-y, what with Snowpiercer and Plesiosaur being sci-fi and the Refn movie being an actioner.
There will be other films from Asia, Southern America and what not, obviously, but it's way too early to have them in this very likely contender list at the moment.
Regarding Allen, he has never been in competition, hence his absence from my list.
Contradictory to what you may think, Frémaux loves nothing more than including genre-y films in comp, so both Snowpiercer and Plesiosaur are strong contenders while Only God Forgives is almost a sure bet after the Drive sensation.
Oh I have nothing against the genre films either, but we don't usually have three in competition, do we? Maybe last year with Lawless, killing Them Softly and The Paperboy, you could make a case about crime dramas, but that's less genre-y than sci-fi and pure actioners like Drive! I'll be happy if the selction is that refreshing, though.
Luckily for Cannes, quite a few prominent female directors have new films for 2013: Coppola, Denis, Breillat, Ferran. After getting a lot of heat for not including any women in the competition last year, there will surely be at least two or three this time. Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves is another possibility, I guess, if she can get it finished in time (it's shooting right now). Same with Athina Rachel Tsangari's Duncharon and Julia Leigh's Disquiet.
Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot has be considered a possibility, no? Egoyan's auteurist star has fallen since the nineties, but Cannes has remained very loyal to him since, like, Exotica. Though his recent projects, starting with Chloe, seem to be signalling a more commercial phase in his career that the festival might not be into. Also curious if Fremaux will continue to champion Lee Daniels and The Butler after the Paperboy debacle.
Kornél Mundruczó's last two films have been in competition, so his new one, The Flying Man, seems like a good bet. The new Roy Andersson is apparently slated for 2014, but it's been shooting for a while now, so who knows? Similarly, I wonder if Malick will have Knight of Cups ready. Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is another question mark. I wouldn't be surprised to see Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity show up somewhere, though Cuaron is more of a Venice man. How about Alexander Payne's Nebraska? Payne was on the jury last year, and brought About Schmidt in 2002.
From Asia, I wonder what the status is on Jia Zhangke's In the Qing Dynasty. Hou's Assassin apparently won't be ready until 2014. Cannes has programmed Japanese animation before, so maybe the new Takahata or Miyazaki have a shot (the latter has competed in Berlin and Venice). Kim Ki-duk also just wrapped his latest film, Actors Are Actors.
I too am curious about who the jury president will be. I agree that Haneke would be an ideal choice. The Dardennes have never done it, neither has Almodovar. Very few women have had the honor, and they've all been actresses, so I imagine they'll ask Jane Campion at some point (as currently the only woman to win a Palme). I don't know if Juliette Binoche has ever done jury duty at a festival, but she also seems like an obvious choice, after Adjani, Huppert and Deneuve (who was "vice-president" one year). I keep hearing Nicole Kidman as a suggestion too, though is she distinguished enough? (Then again, they invited invited Jodie Foster over ten years ago.)
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