Festival de Cannes 2014 – Rumour Mill Begins, Paris Match Tips Favourites

The 67th Cannes Film Festival opens May 14 running through to May 24 with the official selection set for April 18. But for now here, courtesy of Paris Match, are the latest rumours on what’s being tipped for competition at the world’s most prestigious Film Festival.

The magic of Cannes is undimmed as stars of past and present shown in this montage will attest (Credit Wikipedia)

The magic of Cannes is undimmed as stars of past and present shown in this montage will attest (Credit Wikipedia)

French actor Lambert Wilson — best known for his role as The Merovingian in two Matrix films — is to host the opening and closing ceremonies at the festival. He will present the president of the jury New Zealand director Jane Campion on stage when it opens May 14, and steer the closing awards ceremony on May 24 according to the organisers.

logo_festival_cannes Among possible front runners presently punted by Yannick Vely writing in Paris Match — and which he admits are based on hot tips from the European Film Market — are: “Bird People” by Pascale Ferran, with Anaïs Demoustier and Josh Charles, “La Chambre bleue” (The Blue Room) by and with Mathieu Amalric, “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas, with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, “3 cœurs” (3 hearts) by Benoit Jacquot, with Benoît Poelvoorde and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Other possibilities include: “La Rançon de la gloire” (The price of fame) by Xavier Beauvois, with Benoît Poelvoorde and Roschdy Zem (a bodybuilding film still in post-production)

Among outsiders for selection are: “Bande de filles” (Girls band) by Celine Sciamma, “Geronimo” by Tony Gatlif with Celine Sallette and Raphael Personnaz, “L’homme qui en savait trop” (The Man Who Knew Too Much) by André Téchiné, “Metamorphoses” by Christophe Honoré, ” Tiens-toi droite” (Stand up straight) by Katia Lewkowicz with Marina Fois, Noémie Lvovsky and Laura Smet, and particularly ” Le fil d’Ariane” by Robert Guédiguian, Ariane Ascaris, Gérard Meylan and Darroussin.

The dates for release of “Saint Laurent” by Bertrand Bonello and “Eden” by Mia Hansen-Love were fixed for the second half of the year at the Screen International programme presented during the Berlin film market. We would hope for a special showing, writes Yannick Vely, of say “Mr. Leos Carax” by Tessa Louis Salome with the bonus of the director on hand to chat with the audience.

Last year, five US movies were in competition and clearly links between Hollywood and the Cannes Film Festival are far from broken indeed to the contrary, he notes. Among American regulars expected at Cannes this year are: Clint Eastwood with his musical “Jersey Boys”, Woody Allen with “Magic in the Moonlight ” shot in the south of France with Emma Stone and Colin Firth; David Cronenberg with “Maps to the Stars” Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore, “Vice caché” by Paul Thomas Anderson, with Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin – an adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon, or Denys Arcand with “Reign of beauty” (Le Règne de la beauté) . Also due to be screened provided they are ready in time, are: “Welcome to New York” by Abel Ferrara starring Gérard Depardieu DSK, “Sin City 2” Robert Rodriguez and “The Smell of Us” by Larry Clark, shot in Paris, would be nice sessions midnight.

Palmed'or  - Top award at the festival  (Credit Wikipedia)

Palmed’or – Top award at the festival (Credit Wikipedia)

In the out of competition stakes, three films appear to be the ideal choice: “Dragon 2”, a new animation by Dreamworks, “Edge of Tomorrow” by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and above all “Evil” (Maléfique) by Robert Stromberg, starring Angelina Jolie, which will be released May 28 in France. And one hardly dares to hope for a return visit to Cannes by Terrence Malick.

European cinema is set to be well represented by the masters. Among the new movies expected are “Two days, one night” (Deux jours, une nuit ) by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne with Marion Cotillard, “Mr. Turner” by British director Mike Leigh with Timothy Spall, “Jimmy’s Hall” by Ken Loach which will be his last film) and “Queen and Country” by John Boorman. Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica will show “On the Milky Road” with Monica Bellucci, the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is offering “Winter Sleep” while German director Fatih Akin is to screen “The Cut “. Scandinavian cinema could be represented by Swedish director Roy Andersson – “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” -, Norwegians Bent Hamer and Liv Ullmann with “1001 grams” and “Miss Julie” or the Danish producer Thomas Vinterberg “Far from the Madding Crowd” a costume drama with Juno Temple and Carey Mulligan. Denmark might even have two more representatives with Susanne Bier’s “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and Kristian Levring’s “The Salvation” with Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.

Russia could have two representatives in the official selection: Andrei Zvyagintsev with “Leviafan ” was on everyone’s lips at the Berlin Film Festival, “FRANCOØONIA the Louvre under occupation” (FRANCOØONIA, le Louvre sous l’occupation) by Alexander Sokurov.

We also hope to see “Farewell to Language” (Adieu au langage) by Jean-Luc Godard a film in 3D about a talking dog.

Among documentaries that could be presented in special sessions are: “The Salt of the Earth” by Wim Wenders on the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, “I’m Keller” by Austrian Ulrich Seidl and a film about designers of peace.
It is of course a great pity that Cannes will not be celebrating or even giving a nod to the centenary of Charlie Chaplin, aka Charlot, with a screening of “Charles Chaplin: The Legend of a century.”

What to expect from Asia? Alas, we will have to wait to see “The Assassin” by Hou Hsiao-hsien and “Cemetary of Kings” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. However, we should be able to count on Japanese director Naomi Kawase with his “Still the Water” the first beautiful pictures of China’s Zhang Yimou who finds his muse Gong Li in “Coming Home” and the Singaporean Eric Khoo “The Charming Rose ” about a famous stripper). Among new names that may appear in selection, are Hong Kong’s Ann Hui, with “The Golden Era” and the magnificent Tang Wei and Japanese Tetsuya Nakashima with “Kawaki” and Sono Sion who has adapted the manga “Tokyo Tribe” Yannick Vely concludes.

Meanwhile the European Audiovisual Observatory has announced its Cannes workshop this year will be on the theme Girls Just Wanna Have Film, focused on the place of women in today’s film industry.

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FILM European Audiovisual Observatory

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FILM  (Credit: European Audiovisual Observatory

According to Alison Hindhaugh, the Observatory’s press spokesman the workshop will take place on the May 17 the fist Saturday of the Cannes Film Market in the Salon des Ambassadeurs on the 4th floor of the Palais des Festivals. “The Observatory will provide its traditional round-up of market intelligence for the world film markets as well as looking at recently adopted European film rules (the new cinema communication) before moving on to the theme of this year’s workshop” she said.

In its own brand new study, the Strasbourg-based Observatory will be looking at admissions, percentages of women directors and genre issues. Studies by the French CNC and the British Film Institute will focus on the place of women in the film industry and on female screenwriters.

The European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Story: Ken Pottinger

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