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."