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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.
Matteo Garrone

Big House” (dir. Matteo Garrone)
Cast: Claudia Gerini, Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli
After taking the Grand Prix for “Gomorrah,” the only question about Matteo Garrone’s return to Cannes was not if, but when. And it looks like 2012 is the year. Production on the film started last May so it’s likely close to complete, and anticipation will be high for the picture given the four year wait. This time the helmer will be turning his incisive eye to reality television, using it as a canvas to explore Italy as he did through organized crime the last time out. Otherwise details have been scarce, but this will certainly be one of the more tantalizing offerings on display.

Jacques Audiard

Rust and Bone” (dir. Jacques Audiard)
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners, Celine Sallette
With Sony Pictures Classics recently snapping up the film for the U.S., it seems the pieces are now in place for an expected Cannes premiere from the helmer who had his breakout smash “A Prophet” premiere on the Croisette in 2009. Filming was still underway as late as November, so it might be a crunch to get it in the can in time, but it’s probably a safe bet that everyone is pushing for the movie to unspool in the south of France, and barring any kind of post-production disaster, the odds are looking very, very good.

The Angels Share

The Angels' Shares” (dir. Ken Loach)
Cast: John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Roger Allam, Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, Jasmin Riggins
The director's fourth Glasgow-set film shot last year, and is already slated for a U.K. release this summer, so this is pretty much a lock. Described as a bittersweet comedy, penned by Loach’s longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, this one centers on a new father who has narrowly escaped a prison sentence and, with the help of fellow community service workers, concocts a plan to carve out a new future that involves a whiskey distillery. Given Loach’s name and reptuation, a competition slot is likely already carved out.

Huppert In Another Country

"In Another Country" (dir. Hong Sang-soo)
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Yu Jun-Sang, Moon So-ri, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeong Yu-mi, Moon Seong-geun
Just like her turn in "Captive," the latest from Brillante Mendoza which just premiered in Berlin, the presence of Isabelle Huppert will likely give the prolific Hong Sang-soo his most high profile showing yet. Earlier this month it was revealed that the film was in post-production, with early footage screening for buyers in Berlin, with the filmmakers planning to have it completed in time for Cannes. This looks like it will be all systems go, and a return for the helmer to the fest where he has previously unveiled "Woman Is The Future Of Man," "Tale Of Cinema" and "Hahaha."

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Features

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