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'Foxcatcher,' 'Map To The Stars,' 'The Rover,' 'The Search' And New Jean-Luc Godard Lead Cannes 2014 Line-Up

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 17, 2014 6:01 AM
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Cannes 2014

God bless us, every one! It's April 17th, which means it's the cinephile's version of Christmas, because today sees the announcement of the line-up for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, still the biggest and most prestigious international fest in the calendar. Rumors have been flying for a few weeks now, and we've known for a while that the festival would open with Nicole Kidman-starrer "Grace Of Monaco," in which the Oscar-winner plays legendary star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, but now the full festival line-up has been announced and it looks promising.

Among the hotly-tipped movies that have been confirmed this morning are David Cronenberg's inside-Hollywood tale "Maps To The Stars" starring Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Robert Pattinson, "The Rover," "Animal Kingdom" helmer David Michod's apocalyptic follow-up, also starring Pattinson along with Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy (which is a Midnight Screening rather than in-competition as expected), Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," with Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart, and the Dardennes' "Two Days One Night" starring Marion Cotillard

As for the rest of the line-up? Well, Bennett Miller's hotly-tipped "Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, might be the hottest ticket, though a lot of eyes will be on "The Search," Michel Hazavanicius' follow-up to his Oscar-winning "The Artist." Cannes favorites like Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are back with "Mr. Turner," "Jimmy's Hall" and the three-hour-plus "Winter Sleep" respectively while Tommy Lee Jones returns with Western "The Homesman," and Jean-Luc Godard makes a long-awaited competition comeback with the 3D "Goodbye To Language." Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds are teaming up for "Captives," while Xavier Dolan cracks the competition for the first time with "Mommy." We're also getting fashion biopic "Saint Laurent" starring Gaspard Ulliel and Lea Seydoux, Naomi Kawase's "Still The Water" and a new film from "Elena" helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev

Meanwhile, DreamWorks blockbuster "How To Train Your Dragon 2" gets an out-of-competition screening, as does Zhang Yimou's new one "Coming Home." Alongside "The Rover" in the Midnight Screening section is Mads Mikkelsen-starring Western "The Salvation" and "The Target," a Korean remake of "Point Blank." Meanwhile, Un Certain Regard looks strong, with Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River" probably the headliner, alongside "Amour Fou" from "Lourdes" director Jessica Hausner, Pascale Ferran's 'Bird People" with "The Good Wife" star Josh Charles, and TIFF veteran "Eleanor Rigby" with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, among others. 

There's more to come still (at least one out-of-competition film to be announced next week, plus the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight line-ups), but it all looks pretty good to us. The festival runs from May 14th to May 25th, and myself and Jessica Kiang have already started to fight about who's going to see what.

Official Competition:

"Captives" (Canada) dir. Atom Egoyan - 1h43m
"Foxcatcher" (U.S.A.) dir. Bennett Miller - 2h10m
"Goodbye To Language" (France) dir. Jean-Luc Godard - 1h10m
"The Homesman" (U.S.A./France) dir. Tommy Lee Jones - 2h02m
"Jimmy's Hall" (U.K) dir. Ken Loach - 1h46m
"Leviathan" (Russia) dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev - 2h20m
"Maps To The Stars" (Canada) dir. David Cronenberg -
"The Marvel" (Italy) dir. Alice Rohrwacher -1h50m
"Mommy" (Canada) dir. Xavier Dolan - 2h20m
"Mr. Turner" (U.K) dir. Mike Leigh - 2h29m
"Saint Laurent" (France) dir. Bertrand Bonello -- 2h15m
"The Search" (France) dir. Michel Hazavanicius - 2h40m
"Sils Maria" (France) dir. Olivier Assayas - 2h03m
"Still The Water" (Japan) dir. Naomi Kawase - 1h50m
"Timbuktu" dir. Abderrahmane Sissako - 1h40m
"Two Days One Night" (Belgium) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardennes - 1h35m
"Wild Tales" (Argentina) dir. Damian Szifron - 1h55m
"Winter Sleep" (Turkey) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan - 3h16m

Opening Film:

"Grace Of Monaco" (U.S.A./France) dir. Olivier Dahan - 1h43m

Out Of Competition:

"Coming Home" (China) dir. Zhang Yimou - 1h51m
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" (U.S.A.) dir. Dean DeBlois - 1h45m

Un Certain Regard:

"Amour Fou" (dir. Jessica Hausner) - 1h36m
"Bird People" (dir. Pascale Ferran) - 2h07m
"The Blue Room" (dir. Mathieu Amalric) - 1h15m
"Charlie's Country" (dir. Rolf De Heer) - 1h48m
"Eleanor Rigby" (dir. Ned Benson) - 1h59m
"Fantasia" (dir. Wang Chao) - 1h25m
"A Girl At My Door" (dir. July Jung) - 1h59m
"Harcheck mi Headro" (dir. Keren Yedaya) - 1h35m
"Jauja" (dir. Lisandro Alonso) - 1h41m
"Lost River" (dir. Ryan Gosling) - 1h45m
"The Misunderstood" (dir. Asia Argento) - 1h43m
"Party Girl" (dir. Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis) - 1h35m
"Run" (dir. Philippe Lacote) - 1h40m
"Salt Of The Earth" (dir. Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado) - 1h40m
"Snow In Paradise" (dir. Andrew Hulme) - 1h28m
"Titli" (dir. Kanu Behl) - 2h04m
"Tourist" (dir. Ruben Ostlund) - 2h
"Unhappy Youth" (dir. Jaime Rosales) - 1h40m
"Xenia" (dir. Panos Koutras) - 2h03m

Midnight Screenings:

"The Rover" (dir. David Michod) - 1h40m
"The Salvation" (dir. Kristian Levring) - 1h30m
"The Target" (dir. Chang) - 1h39m

Special Screenings:

"Bridges Of Sarajevo" (anthology film) - 1h50m
"Caricaturists: Fantasies Of Democracy" (dir. Stephanie Valloatto) - 1h46m
"Eau Argentee" (dir. Mohammed Ossana) - 1h50m
"Les Gens Du Monde" (dir. Yves Yeuland) - 25m
"Maidan" (dir. Sergei Loznitsa) - 2h
"Red Army"  (dir. Polsky Gabe) - 1h25m

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  • fry | April 18, 2014 7:12 PMReply

    My (safe) bets are on Tommy Lee Jones, Zvyagintsev, Ceylan and Egoyan. All of them have made brilliant films as of late. And Ceylan's new movie is over three hours long! let's hope it's a film to enjoy and not endure.

  • NIKOLA G. | April 17, 2014 3:10 PMReply

    "myself and Jessica Kiang have already started to fight about who's going to see what." - leave some scraps for me, guys. ;)

  • Ronan | April 17, 2014 10:06 AMReply

    Maps to the stars just looks like another Cosmopolis to me :/ I wonder why Cronenberg keeps collaborating with Pattinson. I don't think he's that good of an actor tbh.

  • Kev | April 19, 2014 2:21 AM

    Cronenberg Maps to the stars looks exactly satire as it is & this guy Pattinson is good actor. David Michod's The rover looks promising, in fact these 2 films and Foxcatcher are my picks of cannes Line-Up

  • Typical | April 17, 2014 10:04 AMReply

    Typical. Just typical.

  • Glen | April 17, 2014 9:04 AMReply

    I thought Ryan Gosling's directorial debut was "How to Catch a Monster"?

  • yer | April 17, 2014 10:00 AM

    Same film, different title.

  • #not impressed | April 17, 2014 8:56 AMReply

    One word: predictable.

  • Playing favorites? | April 17, 2014 8:52 AMReply

    So basically Thierry Fremaux is inviting his old friends to Cannes again? Shocking. Half of this list is boring. If you wanna bring back regulars might as well pick among the best. What about Terrence Malick? Paul Thomas Anderson? Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu? Woody Allen? or Stephen Frears? I'm okay with "Foxcatcher", "The Captives" and "Eleanor Rigby" but I'm sure they are more indie films out there who could deserve some exposure and recognition. Would have been exciting to see "Whiplash", "Frank", "Calvary", "Love Is Strange", or "Boyhood" at Cannes, too.

  • joe | April 21, 2014 9:10 PM

    You lost any credibility when you said Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu! I also have to agree with another commenter: it does seem like you just want more Anglophone cinema.

  • az | April 17, 2014 2:08 PM

    Guess I should have phrased that, 'movie goers only like to watch intelligent movies', don't want to imply you have to be stupid to enjoy the blockbusters (but it helps)

  • az | April 17, 2014 1:58 PM

    Pretty sure if the latest from Malick, Allen, Anderson etc were available to him he damn well would have booked them, can you really see him saying Non? More pressing issue for Cannes is the way the film schedule now runs, meaning the later festivals are the ones where the big quality stuff gets presented. Apparently intelligent movie goers only like to watch movies from September through to January. Who cares, the rest of the year we'll just watch box sets instead.

  • Playing favorites? | April 17, 2014 10:15 AM

    No. I just want more incredibly interesting, outstanding films by great directors or new talents. The language doesn't matter. Now it's all about which movie stars will walk the Croisette's famous red carpet, getting as many as you can on those stairs.

  • sfdafd | April 17, 2014 9:26 AM

    So basically you want more films in the english language?

  • Corrector | April 17, 2014 8:16 AMReply

    Hazavanicius? Or Hazanavicius?

  • Reilly | April 17, 2014 8:07 AMReply

    Whoa the Canadian and French really dominating Cannes this year

  • Ren | April 17, 2014 8:05 AMReply

    Very much looking forward to watching Xavier Dolan's MOMMY :)

  • Pauletta | April 17, 2014 8:04 AMReply

    Pattinson and Kstew fans must be squealing of joy right now haha

  • Edith | April 17, 2014 8:02 AMReply

    Harvey Weinstein cutting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby down to 2hrs :O got to watch it at TIFF, I don't think it needs any cutting at all, perfect that way it is.

  • daz | April 18, 2014 4:00 AM

    I hate Harvey Weinstein. I just hope there will be a chance to see the uncut version.

  • StitchJones | April 17, 2014 7:21 AMReply

    I'm confused: Cannes' official selection page doesn't list "Maps To The Stars"...

  • Andreol | April 17, 2014 7:08 AMReply

    WILD TALES! Argentina FTW!

  • Brad | April 17, 2014 7:02 AMReply

    I won't be at Cannes, but am definitely stoked to see Goslings directorial debut whenever it gets released. Hope it makes waves for the right reasons at Cannes.

  • Glass | April 17, 2014 6:29 AMReply

    MR. TURNER!!!! Not like I'll be seeing it at Cannes, just excited it's ready to screen.

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