Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Orlando Jones Says Goodbye to 'Sleepy Hollow' Orlando Jones Says Goodbye to 'Sleepy Hollow' Here's the Character Lupita Nyong'o Plays in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' + Jar Jar Binks Dead? Here's the Character Lupita Nyong'o Plays in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' + Jar Jar Binks Dead? Dee Rees Talks Making of 'Bessie,' Her Approach, Challenges as a Black Female Director, Filmmaker Tips, More... Dee Rees Talks Making of 'Bessie,' Her Approach, Challenges as a Black Female Director, Filmmaker Tips, More... Weekend B.O. May 1-3 (The $187 Million Disappointment) Weekend B.O. May 1-3 (The $187 Million Disappointment) Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall and Eve Join 'Barbershop 3' Cast Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall and Eve Join 'Barbershop 3' Cast A New Month Begins with New Titles Added to Netflix's Streaming Library. Here Are Your Options... A New Month Begins with New Titles Added to Netflix's Streaming Library. Here Are Your Options... Newcomer Kascion Franklin Lands Lead Role in BBC Drama Feature 'Danny and the Human Zoo' with Destiny Ekaragha Directing Newcomer Kascion Franklin Lands Lead Role in BBC Drama Feature 'Danny and the Human Zoo' with Destiny Ekaragha Directing Taraji P Henson Thanks UK Fans for Illegally Streaming 'Empire' Which Led to Its Pickup + UK Reactions to the Show Taraji P Henson Thanks UK Fans for Illegally Streaming 'Empire' Which Led to Its Pickup + UK Reactions to the Show A New Film Studio Grows in Uganda - Wakaliwood A New Film Studio Grows in Uganda - Wakaliwood You Will Be Moved By the Atmospheric First Full Trailer for 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' You Will Be Moved By the Atmospheric First Full Trailer for 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Wendell Pierce Will Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington's Anita Hill in HBO's 'Confirmation,' Directed by Rick Famuyiwa Wendell Pierce Will Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington's Anita Hill in HBO's 'Confirmation,' Directed by Rick Famuyiwa Crowdfund This: Feature Film, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Crowdfund This: Feature Film, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Indie Box Office: How Did the Queen Latifah Exec Produced Indie Drama 'Brotherly Love' Do? Indie Box Office: How Did the Queen Latifah Exec Produced Indie Drama 'Brotherly Love' Do? Watch 'Deadpan' - an Early Short Work by Steve McQueen Inspired by Buster Keaton Watch 'Deadpan' - an Early Short Work by Steve McQueen Inspired by Buster Keaton Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other "Sheroes") With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look... Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other "Sheroes") With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look... Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 19, 2012 at 8:56AM

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.
4
Beasts

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
                                        

Shadow & ActNewsletter