Festival de Cannes 2013 – Rumour Mill Begins

The 66th Cannes Film Festival opens May 15 running through to May 26 with the official selection set for April 18. But for now here are the latest rumours on what’s being tipped for official competition and other sections of the world’s most prestigious Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival France (Credit: Wikipedia)

These possible front runners are as punted byYannick Vely writing in Paris Match: “to kickoff here are some full length feature films we believe will be in the final running”.

Firstly the Americans: Behind The Candelabra, an HBO movie directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas; The Bling Ring  by Sofia Coppola, with Emma Watson and plenty of girls; Inside Llewyn Davis by brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen; Night Moves, by Kelly Reichardt;  Old Joy and Nightingale by James Gray, with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix.  Her by Spike Jonze and Nebraska by Alexander Payne could complete the Hollywood  lineup along with  a Woody Allen film if finished on time …

The trailer of Inside Llewyn Davis The Coen Bros:

From  Canada we are told to expect  Tom à la ferme by Xavier Dolan and An Enemy by Denis Villeneuve with Mélanie Laurent, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Gadon. Described by Villeneuve as “an existential and erotic thriller”,  this  is an adaptation of the novel “L’autre comme moi” by Nobel Prize for Literature  José Saramago, according to  Le Journal de Montreal newspaper.

A number of  South American films have been announced: Manto Acuífero and Chavez by Mexicans Michael Rowe and Diego Luna, Wakolda by Lucia Puenzo of Argentina, and “Mala” by  Israel Adrian Caetano of Uruguay.

The trailer for “Mala” by Israel Adrian Caetano:

From Europe neither  Pedro Almodovar nor Lars von Trier are expected at Cannes with their offerings –  Les Amants passagers and Nymphomaniac, thus leaving the  door open to new film-makers. Fingers crossed then for a showing by Russian Ilya Khrzhanovsky with Dau, a crazy project that we have been talking about for three years, for Romanians Marian Crisan  with Rocker  and Corneliu Porumboiu with Nine Minute Interval, the Englishman Steve McQueen with Twelve Years of Slave  or the Austrian filmmaker Hubert Saup( Le Cauchemar de Darwin) with his new film We come as friends,  second of his trilogy on slavery – colonialism – globalisation.  Confirmed festival names include: Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives), Switzerland’s Jean-Luc Godard (Adieu au langage) and the Russian Alexei Gherman (Il est difficile d’être un Dieu ). Cineuropa.org has announced the likely participation of a new film from Paolo Sorrentino (La grande belleza) .

The trailer for  “Only God Forgives”

From Asia we also expect some pleasant surprises  Although we have no news of The Assassin by Hou Hsiao-hsien, recent  photos of The Congress by Ari Folman, an animation adapted from a work by  Stanislaw Lem, and Transperceneige by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho  have appeared on the Internet.  The release of the new Kore-Edafilm  has been announced in  Japan, while trailers for Real by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Day Trip by the brothers Park recently made an appearance on the web. The Past by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and A Separation, a thriller with Bérénice Béjo and Tahar Rahim, offer a good selection potential.

The trailer for Real by Kiyoshi Kurosawa:

Then finally to  France  where it is  the usual rat race. According to our information Bird People by Pascale Ferran is unlikely to  be ready in time leaving just two other front running  candidates: Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Abdellatif Kechiche and “Un indien des plaines” by Arnaud Desplechin even though there are also some flattering rumors around about  Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski, “Un Château en Italie‘ by Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi and Blood Ties by Guillaume Canet.


Story: Ken Pottinger

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