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Cannes 2012: Will 'The Master,' Terrence Malick's New Film, James Gray's Latest & More Actually Premiere?

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 20, 2012 at 12:02PM

By this time last year, we already knew that Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris” would be opening the Cannes Film Festival, but as March looms closer, there still has been no word yet from organizers which film will kick off the festivities. Yet, that hasn’t stopped conjecture and suppostion as Cineuropa recently penned a speculatory long list of films they they guessing could be heading to Cannes (which includes iffy bets like Terrence Malick's next movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and more). These lists are fun and all, they get the cinephiles' anticipation juices going (see one example here), but the reality of the matter is there is a element of wish fulfillment to all of them and less than half the films generally posted in these pieces actually end up appearing at the Croisette. Still, using that piece as a jumping off point, we decided to dig a bit deeper to sort out which movies are near certain locks, which are possibilities and those that aren’t going to make it all.
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"Cosmopolis"
Cannes Film Festival "Cosmopolis"

Cosmopolis” (dir. David Cronenberg)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Sarah Gadon
Before the end of the year, David Cronenberg told us that he was finishing the sound mix for the film, which means it’s nearing the finish line. Meanwhile, producer Gregoire Melin recently told Cineuropa he is “counting on” the film showing up on the Croisette. Additionally, “Cosmopolis” is a co-production between French and Canadian backers, so we presume we’re looking at Cannes premiere, followed by a TIFF bow before rolling into theaters this fall. Cronenberg is a regular at the festival but hasn’t been there since “A History of Violence,” so we’re sure they’re going to want him back.

Xavier Dolan

Laurence Anyways” (dir. Xavier Dolan)
Cast: Melvil Poupad, Nathalie Baye, Suzanne Clement, Monia Chokri
Simply put, Xavier Dolan is the new, young darling of Cannes. He emerged as a wunderkind when his debut feature “J'ai Tue Ma Mere” became a sensation of the Director’s Fortnight, and made his official entry in the festival with “Les amours imaginaires” (“Heartbeats”) playing Un Certain Regard in 2010. Production geared up on his latest effort last year and has long been expected to find him once again returning to the festival that made his name, and with Variety reporting over the weekend that “Laurence Anyways” is “set to be delivered this spring,” you can pretty much count on it being there.

Olivier Assayas

Something In The Air” (dir. Olivier Assayas)
Cast: Lola Creton, India Menuez, Clement Matayer, Carole Combes, Felix Armand, Mathias Renoux
This film started moving pretty much as soon as Olivier Assayas was finished with his jury duties at Cannes last year. IFC Films picked up the North American right and filming started in June on the multi-lingual pic (French, English and Italian). We think it’s a pretty sure a bet that the helmer is wrapping this up soon, and a return to the Croisette where is a regular and celebrated fixture, seems to be a sure thing.

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All You Need Is Love” (dir. Susanne Bier)
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Egelind, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia, Line Kruse, Trine Dyrholm
With the film slated for release in France and Europe this summer, it seems all signs are pointing to Susanne Bier making a premiere at Cannes for the first time in her career. Oddly enough, it will be a film that is outside her usual wheelhouse of tough drama, with Brosnan describing it last year as a “delightful love story….which has punch and deals with loss and a great love.” Adding to the mystery, even though the film is set in Italy, Bier told us it’s both in Danish and English. Hmm...we’re intrigued and we bet organizers will be too, so we expect this one to show up.

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Elefante blanco” (dir. Pablo Trapero)
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Jeremie Renier, Martina Gusman
While we haven’t heard much about this film, it's slated for release in Spain on May 25th, and Pablo Trapero certainly made an impression last time he was at Cannes with “Carancho” (for which an American remake is already in the works with Scott Cooper attached to direct). The story centers on two priests who survive an attack in Central America and team with a woman, Luciana, to fight corruption. This film could see Trapero move up into Official Competition status after “Carancho” screened in the Un Certain regard category.

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Features


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