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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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"Low Life" (dir. James Gray)
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard
Bizarrely put forth by Cineuropa as a possibility if Gray manages to edit it quickly, there is no way in hell this is making it Cannes. The film is still shooting, so we’re looking at a fall festival bow at the earliest but we won’t be surprised if we don’t see any sign of the picture until next year. But Cannes 2013? Why not. The French love James Gray and there’s no doubt the festival would welcome him with open arms.

"Foxfire" (dir. Laurent Cantet)
Cast: Claire Mazerolle, Kate Coseni, Madeleine Bisson
While we thought that Cantet returning to the place where “The Class” emerged as a sensation was a no brainer, with additional photography still happening, producers said last month that the movie is aiming for a TIFF premiere.

The Master” (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern
While Paul Thomas Anderson has been to Cannes before (“Punch Drunk Love”) and with the “The Master” wrapping last fall, we still think it’s fairly unlikely the helmer will be rushing his highly anticipated (and semi-controversial) period picture -- his first film in five years -- to make it to the Croisette. With a December release date locked down, a fall festival bow is much more likely.

The Wettest County” (dir. John Hillcoat)
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Dane DeHaan, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska
While the wait for this film has been agonizing, and not helped by shifting release dates, unfortunately those waiting for the movie will have to continue to be patient. Last month Harvey Weinstein said they’re looking at Venice to premiere the film, which will quickly be followed by an August 31st release date in what he hopes will be box office draw thanks to the expected popularity of Tom Hardy post-”The Dark Knight Rises.”

The Dark Knight Rises” (dir. Christopher Nolan)
Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard
Sorry nerds, this isn’t gonna happen. Back in 2010, rumors flew around heavily that “Inception” was going to make an appearance Out Of Competition. And while we expect there will similiar talk this year, given Christopher Nolan’s huge desire to save the surprises for the multiplex, pretty much everyone will have to wait until July to see this.

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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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