Cannes Film Fest 2012 Official Selections Announced (Lee Daniels, Moussa Touré, "Beasts" Make The Cut)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 19, 2012 8:56 AM
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Well, I just didn't have time to put together my Cannes 2012 *black films* predictions list yesterday as I said I would; but if I did, I can say with certainty that Lee Daniels' The Paperboy was guaranteed to be on that very short list; as well as Senegalese filmmaker, Moussa Touré’s 3rd feature film in 20 years, La Pirogue (The Pirogue), which I profiled on this site many months ago, and will profile again with today's news.

Both films are on the cut.

As for the others that would have also been on my predictions list (like Andrew Dosunmu's latest Ma'George, and possibly Carl Franklin's adaptation of Rudolpho Amaya's Bless me Ultima, which has been at some stage of development for the last year and a half), none made the final list of selections, whether in competition or out.

In fact, as is usually the case every year, there's very little representation from the African Diaspora.

As Sergio noted in a previous post on the festival, Benh Zeitlin's Sundance 2012 Film Festival award winner Beasts Of The Southern Wild made the cut in the Un Certain Regard section.

And French/Moroccan/Tunisian director Nabil Ayouch rounds out the list of Diaspora entries, with his feature film Les Chevaux De Dieu (God's Horses).

But I'm going to give the list a proper scrubbing and make sure that there aren't any titles/filmmakers I didn't immediately identify. And I'll profile them if my search is fruitful.

Of course there's the film market and short film corner, where more *black films* will likelt be found, and as I get info on those, I'll share here.

Sadly, S&A won't be at Cannes this year (we were there last year, as MsWOO provided coverage); it's too expensive a trip to justify, given how few films/filmmakers from the Diaspora are in the lineup each year.

Not that we're not interested in seeing ALL kinds of films, but this is a black cinema blog, and that's our focus. And did I mention the costs??? 

Here's the full official selection list announced this morning:

COMPETITION
 

Opening Film    
     
Wes ANDERSON MOONRISE KINGDOM 1h35
     
  ***  
     
Jacques AUDIARD DE ROUILLE ET D'OS 1h55
     
Leos CARAX HOLY MOTORS 1h50
     
David CRONENBERG COSMOPOLIS 1h45
     
Lee DANIELS THE PAPERBOY 1h41
     
Andrew DOMINIK KILLING THEM SOFTLY 1h40
     
Matteo GARRONE REALITY  1h50
     
Michael HANEKE AMOUR
(LOVE)
2h06
     
John HILLCOAT LAWLESS 1h55
     
HONG Sangsoo DA-REUN NA-RA-E-SUH
(IN ANOTHER COUNTRY)
1h28
     
IM Sang-soo

DO-NUI MAT

(THE TASTE OF MONEY)

1h53
     
Abba KIAROSTAMI  LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE 1h49
     
Ken LOACH THE ANGELS' SHARE 1h46
     
Sergei LOZNITSA

IM NEBEL

(IN THE FOG)

2h07
     
Cristian MUNGIU BEYOND THE HILLS 2h35
     
Yousry NASRALLAH

BAAD EL MAWKEAA

(AFTER THE BATTLE)

1h56
     
Jeff NICHOLS MUD 2h15
     
Alain RESNAIS VOUS N'AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU 1h55
     
Carlos REYGADAS POST TENEBRAS LUX 1h40
     
Walter SALLES

ON THE ROAD

(SUR LA ROUTE)

2h20
                                                                                                          
Ulrich SEIDL PARADIES : Liebe
(PARADISE : Love
 
2h00
     
Thomas VINTERBERG

JAGTEN

(THE HUNT)

1h46
     
     
  ***  
Film for the Closing Ceremony    
     
Claude MILLER THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX     (Out of Comp.)        1h50

 

 


UN CERTAIN REGARD
 

Ashim AHLUWALIA                    MISS LOVELY                             First film 1h50
                                                            
Juan Andrés ARANGO LA PLAYA                                     First film 1h30
     

Nabil AYOUCH

LES CHEVAUX DE DIEU
(GOD'S HORSES)
1h55
     
Catherine CORSINI TROIS MONDE 1h40
     
Brandon CRONENBERG     ANTIVIRAL                                  First film 1h50
     
Benicio DEL TORO, 
Pablo TRAPERO, 
Julio MEDEM, 
Elia SULEIMAN,
Juan Carlos TABIO,
Gaspard NOÉ et
Laurent CANTET
7 DIAS EN LA HABANA 2h05
     
Benoit DELÉPINE,
Gustave KERVERN
LE GRAND SOIR 1h32
     
Xavier DOLAN LAURENCE ANYWAYS 2h41
     
Michel FRANCO DESPUÉS DE LUCIA 1h33
     
Joachim LAFOSSE AIMER À PERDRE LA RAISON 1h54
     
Darezhan OMIRBAYEV STUDENT 1h30
     
Moussa TOURE LA PIROGUE
(THE PIROGUE)
1h27
     
Pablo TRAPERO ELEFANTE BLANCO
(WHITE ELEPHANT)
2h00
     
Sylvie VERHEYDE CONFESSION OF A CHILD OF THE CENTURY 2h05
     
Koji WAKAMATSU 11.25 THE DAY HE CHOSE HIS OWN FATE 2h00
     
YOU Le MYSTERY 1h30
     
Benh ZEITLIN BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD    First film 1h32
     

 


OUT OF COMPETITION

 
 

Bernardo BERTOLUCCI IO E TE
(ME AND YOU)
1h37
                                                            
Eric DARNELLE, Tom MCGRATH

MADAGASCAR 3, EUROPE'S MOST WANTED

1h30
     
Philip KAUFMAN HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN 2h34
     
     
Midnight Screenings    
     
Dario ARGENTO DARIO ARGENTO'S DRACULA 1h46
     
Takashi MIIKE  AI TO MAKOTO 2h14
     
     
65th Birthday    
                                                                                    
Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure UNE JOURNÉE PARTICULIÈRE 53'

 


SPECIAL SCREENINGS
 

Fatih AKIN DER MÜLL IM GARTEN EDEN
(POLLUTING PARADISE)
1h25
                                                           
Laurent BOUZEREAU ROMAN POLANSKI : A FILM MEMOIR 1h34
     

Ken BURNS, 
Sarah BURNS, 
David MCMAHON

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE 2h00
     
Sébastien LIFSHITZ LES INVISIBLES 1h55
     
Claudine NOUGARET,
Raymond DEPARDON
JOURNAL DE FRANCE 1h40
     
Nelson 
PEREIRA DOS SANTOS
A MUSICA SEGUNDO TOM JOBIM 1h30
     
Gonzalo TOBAL VILLEGAS                                   First film 1h36
     
Apichatpong 
WEERASETHAKUL
MEKONG HOTEL 1h01
                                        
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4 Comments

  • Simone | April 19, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    This afternoon on 3 pm French hour, i was with the ON THE ROAD director Walter SALLES, 2 hours after his movie was selected for Cannes official competition, he went to our university Paris 8 to do a master class and he talk about on the road, his new movie based on Jack Kerouac novel “on the road”, the film was made on USA, they followed Kerouac road , Mr. Salles is Brazilian movies director who made Central Do Brazil a few year ago, who was selected to Sundance, in the cast :
    Sam Riley is Sal Paradise
    Garrett Hedlund is Dean Moriarty
    Kristen Stewart is Marylou
    Tom Sturridge is Carlo Marx
    Kirsten Dunst is Camille
    Viggo Mortensen is Lee
    Amy Adams is Jane
    Elisabeth Moss is Galatea Dunkel
    and Alice Braga are also in the movie. Terrence Howard is also on the film, plays Walter a jazz musician, a few days ago i saw the trailer, and i have recognized Terrence Howard and when i met Mr. Salles i talk about Terrence, he explained me that Terrence is so incredible, and he was impressed by his talent, and he was very happy to work with him, i hope Terrence will come at Cannes with the entire crew to promote this beautiful movie, the movie will be come on theater in France may 23th. I thank Mr. Salles for this master class about the road movies, he say many things about the making of road movies, and he explained how on the road was made, how the actors was casted and how they have worked. He say when they was filming on the road, they was often stop by police because they often exceeded the speed limit, he just said we do a student movie and the police lets them go. Mr. Salles is very very interesting person who knows cinema and he's great movie director. After the meeting with us he was request by national and international media to talk about Cannes selection, i wish him the best.
    This is the trailer http://youtu.be/vFlZ7MNoiFg

  • B.A. | April 19, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    There are some "Black Films" in the American Pavilion at Cannes... I have a film "The Collegians" screening in the Pavilion and the Short film corner that was nominated for best short at TBFF 2012.

  • CRITICAL ACCLAIM | April 19, 2012 6:12 PM

    The discussion is about selected films, not market films. I'm sick of people saying I GOT INTO CANNES when it's a short in the Shirt Film Corner that anyone can pay a fee to showcase at. Not the same as the accomplishments above.

  • Stacie | April 19, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    Don't forget about directors fortnight, they haven't announced their lineup yet.

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