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

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 20, 2012 12:02 PM
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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.

All You Need Is Love Pierce Brosnan

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.

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  • Ian | February 25, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    At Efm the producer revealed that lee Daniels the paperboy will have its world premiere at Cannes. Cosmopolis, on the road and moonrise kingdom have already announced French premiere dates that are the same dates as Cannes, so all 4 films are pretty much locks at this point.

  • deepak kumar | February 23, 2012 7:52 AMReply

    i like it.

  • cinephile | February 22, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    What about "What Maisie Knew", the modern-day-Henry-James-adaptation by "The Deep End" directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard ? I know it's a longshot, but I read somewhere that the producer is hoping to premiere it in Cannes.

  • Neil | February 21, 2012 3:56 AMReply

    hm...might be the first time Wong Kar-Wai gets placed to some category other than In Competition, if the film turns out to 1) actually make it in time and 2) be more commercial. Yet again, Johnnie To was allowed In Competition for "Vengeance" a few years back, and that film was pretty darn mainstream.

  • RNL | February 20, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    "Spider" wasn't the last film Cronenberg took to Cannes. "A History of Violence" played in competition in 2005.

  • Kevin | February 20, 2012 9:01 PM

    Right you are, thanks for the heads up.

  • DJAHA | February 20, 2012 7:28 PMReply

    Longshot: "Life of Pi" (dir. Ang Lee)

  • Maggie | February 20, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    What about Prometheus? Early reports suggested it might show out of competition.

  • Jeff | February 20, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    Ozon's film wrapped in September 2011, and was likely in the can before he left for Berlin.

  • LOU | February 20, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    Is Piper Perabo really in the untitled Terrence Malick project?

  • Kevin | February 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    Oops. Yeah, no she's not. Not sure where my brain was on that one.

  • amber | February 20, 2012 2:27 PMReply

    I am dying to see On the road and snow white and the huntsman I hope it would premiere in Cannes that would be cool plus I don't mind seeing more Kristen Stewart <3

  • Jack | February 20, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    Here is a sure In Competition entry:

    Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux

  • hank | February 20, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    It's not called "THE MASTER"

  • Taylor Jones | February 20, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    Reygadas, Seidl, Hsiao-hsien?

  • Huffy | February 20, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    No Lars? Kidding, kidding. Seriously though, how long until they welcome him back? I've got three years.

  • Lucas | February 20, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    Seriously, what is going on with The Grandmasters. At least I hope it's released in '12, even if it doesn't go to Cannes

  • maxime | February 20, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    Xavier Dolan's first picture was "J'ai tué ma mère", not "Je tue ma mere".

  • maxime | February 20, 2012 12:43 PM

    also, it's "Les amours imaginaires". sorry.

  • BACALL | February 20, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    What about The Great Gatsby? Has it finished filming yet? Probably best to premiere at the NYFF but ya never know!

  • Kevin | February 20, 2012 12:26 PM

    Not gonna happen. Was still filming last month, and the fact the Baz is turning around a movie in about a year is a miracle in and of itself.

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