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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.
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Joaquin Phoenix Marion Cotillard Low Life

"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 Laurent Cantet Set Photo

"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 Behind The Scenes

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

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.”

Bruce Wayne 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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