By Edward Davis | The Playlist May 16, 2014 at 2:16PM
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and that means lots of deals, attachments, signings, news and yes, first looks. And there’s a bunch. First up is probably our most anticipated of the lot because of the filmmakers involved. Here’s a first look at “Mississippi Grind” from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directors of “Half Nelson” and “Sugar.” They stumbled a little with “It's Kind of a Funny Story,” but everyone can stumble when your taste seems to be as omnivorous and diverse as theirs (they’ve done a drama, a sports film and a mental illness comedy so far). In a movie about con-men and gamblers, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn feature as a pair of “oddball strangers” who hit the road together to try to make a high-stakes poker tournament in New Orleans. Evidently the influences included ‘70s classics like Robert Altman’s “California Split” and Jerry Schatzberg’s “Scarecrow.” That is music to our ears frankly, so we’re all in.
“It’s very much a character piece,” Fleck told EW. “They both have different agendas. Gerry wants to win his money and change his life and pay off his debts. Curtis’ motivations are a lot more mysterious. We don’t know why he’s going on this journey till it reveals itself later on in the movie.” It has no release date yet, but the movie also stars Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, and Alfre Woodard. We smell a debut at TIFF.
Here’s your first image of Nicholas Hoult in the dark satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends.” Directed by Owen Harris, the character is said to be someone "slashing and burning his way through the music business," and the movie also co-stars James Corden, Joseph Mawle, Tom Riley, Georgia King, Craig Roberts, Ed Hogg, Jim Piddock and Osy Ikhile. [ScreenDaily]
Here’s a first look at “The Man From Carrion Road.” It’s directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego and stars Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, Jim Belushi, Lynn Collins, and John Leguizamo. Relativity International's Camela Galano is handling international sales in Cannes. The crime drama follows a retired sheriff (McShane) and his replacement (Wilson) as they investigate a cartel deal gone wrong, while hunted by a vicious hit man (Leguizamo).
“The Keeping Room” is directed by Daniel Barber and stars Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Amy Nuttall, and Ned Dennehy. The movie follows three Southern women – two sisters and one African American slave – who, left without men in the dying days of the Civil War, are forced to defend their home from the onslaught of a band of soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army. [LiveForFilm]
Here's the first photo from "The Driftless Area" starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel. The movie co-stars Frank Langella, John Hawkes, Ciaran Hinds, Alia Shawkat and and tells the tale of an unconventional romance about death, love and fate. Pierre’s life is saved by a beautiful stranger, and their pasts catch up with them in a violent and transcendent finale.