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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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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."

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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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