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'Lawless,' 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Cosmopolis,' 'On The Road' Lead Official Selection For 2012 Cannes Film Festival

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 19, 2012 6:11 AM
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Still the biggest and most prestigious film festival in the world, despite fierce competition, Cannes is one of the major dates in the film lover's calendar. And more so than ever this year, there's been a great deal of speculation as to what the films in competition might be. We knew that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" was opening the festival, and we knew, as of yesterday, that "Therese D," the last film from director Claude Miller, starring Audrey Tautou, would close it.

But beyond that, nothing's been certain, although all kinds of rumors have been circulating. Would we see Terrence Malick debut a new film for the second year in a row? Would Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" bow on the Croisette? Would Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" finally see him gain festival love? (it's possible we made the last one up).

Well, the line-up's finally been unveiled, and as per our gut feeling late last night, though a lot of the speculation has centered around American films, the reality is something much different. That's not to say that it isn't an interesting line-up -- this is perhaps its best in years. Leading the pack are the expected films, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" starring Robert Pattinson, which was actually confirmed earlier this morning, Walter Salles' long-gestating "On The Road" starring Garett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and many others and Jacques Audiard's latest drama, "Rust & Bone" starring Marion Cotillard. Other sure bets we expected, Michael Haneke's "Amour," and Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone In Love" will also be bowing in competition slots.

Three films seemingly tipped for competition spots that made the grade are some of this year's most anticipated, including John Hillcoat's "Lawless" starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and many others, Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" featuring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron and Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," formerly known as "Cogan's Trade," starring Brad Pitt.

To no real shock, heavily-touted pictures like Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's Untitled Romance (known as "The Funeral"), a drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, were nowhere to be seen -- for the former you'll have to wait 'til the fall, the latter, well, who knows. Without further ado, here's the entire 2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up:

In Competition:
"Amour" (dir. Michael Haneke)
"The Angel's Share" (dir. Ken Loach)
"Baad EL Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille") (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
"Beyond The Hills" (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
"Cosmopolis" (dir. David Cronenberg)
"Holy Motors" (dir. Leos Carax)
"The Hunt" (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
"In Another Country" (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
"Im Nebels (Dans La Brume)" (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
"Killing Them Softly" (dir. Andrew Dominik)
"Lawless"  (dir. John Hillcoat)
"Like Someone In Love" (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
"Moonrise Kingdom" (dir. Wes Anderson)
"Mud" (dir. Jeff Nichols)
"On The Road" (dir. Walter Salles)
"Paradies: Liebe" (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
"The Paperboy" (dir. Lee Daniels)
"Post Tenebras Lux" (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
"Reality" (dir. Matteo Garrone)
"Rust & Bone" (dir. Jacques Audiard)
"Taste Of Money" (dir. Im Sang-Soo)
"Vous N'Avez Encoure Rien Vu" (dir. Alain Resnais)

Opening Film:
"Moonrise Kingdom" (dir. Wes Anderson)

Closing Film:
"Therese D." (dir. Claude Miller)

Un Certain Regard:
"Miss Lovely" (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)
"La Playa" (dir. Juan Andres Arango)
"Les Chevaus De Dieu" (dir. Nabil Ayouch)
"Trois Mondes" (dir. Catheron Corsini)
"Antiviral" (dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
"7 Days In Havana" (dir. Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe etc)
"Le Grand Soir" (dir. Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern)
"Laurence Anyways" (dir. Xavier Dolan)
"Despues De Lucia" (dir. Michel Franco)
"Aimer A Perdre La Raison" (dir. Joachim Lafosse)
"Mystery" (dir. Lou Ye)
"Student" (dir. Darezhan Omirbayev)
"La Pirogue" (dir. Moussa Toure)
"Elefante Blanco" (dir. Pablo Trapero)
"Confession Of A Child Of The Century" (dir. Sylvie Verheyde)
"11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate" (dir. Koji Wakamatsu)
"Beasts Of The Southern Wild" (dir. Benh Zeitlin)

Out of Competition
"Une Journee Particuliere" (dir. Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure)
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath)
"Dario Argento's Dracula" (dir. Dario Argento)
"Io E Te" (dir. Bernardo Berolucci)
"Hemingway & Gellhorn" (Dir. Philip Kaufman)
"Ai To Makoto" (dir. Takashi Miike)

Special Screening:
"Der Mull Im Garten Eden" (dir. Faith Akin)
"Mekong Hotel" (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
"Villegas" (dir. Gonzalo Tobal)
"A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim" (dir. Nelson Pereira Do Santos)
"Journal De France" (dir. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon)
"Les Invisbles" (dir. Sebastien Lifshitz)
"The Central Park Five" (dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)
"Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir" (dir. Laurent Bouzereau)

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  • alasiri | June 2, 2012 3:56 AMReply

    If all you can see is Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart when talking about Cosmopolis and On the Road, then that says more about you than it does the Cannes film festival. So they are to ignore films by directors David Cronenberg and Walter Salles just because two actors that appear in Twilight are in them? Give me a break.

  • jingmei | April 19, 2012 12:02 PMReply

    So far have felt kinda normale as usual: bunch of people go to Cannes repeatly, including Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt, Jeff Nichols. Interesting to see some potential link between Sundance and Cannes. Last year's MMMM was en un certain regard, this year it's Beasts Of The Southern Wild (always be the top one of Sundance) but where is Simon Killer, it is juste a story happened in Paris, by Borderline who has good relationship with France. Et good for Jeff Nichols who has become competition catergory this year. Et don't forget Cannes always treats cinema francais by themselves well, like last year's Polisse (it's pretty deserved en fait), donc look forward the awesome Alain Resnais aussi.

  • Taylor Jones | April 19, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    Presumably the new Seidl is just the first entry in his trilogy, given the subtitle? Cannot wait to hear reactions to it, regardless (since we of course get to see it until mid-2013 assuming it even gets a distributor)! Ken Loach is getting tiring, surely I'm not the only who thinks his millennial output is thoroughly mediocre? "Barley" is perhaps the worst Palme winner (ruling over one of the worst lineups) in the last twenty years---even more middling than Michael Moore's entry.

  • Kevin | April 19, 2012 10:43 AMReply

    From what I understand, "Place Beyond The Pines" only entered editing in the last few weeks and may be waiting for more score pieces from Mike Patton. Would've been pretty tight to make Cannes.

  • zatopek | April 19, 2012 10:36 AMReply

    There's the father and son Cronenberg attending (Cosmopolis & Antiviral).

    I'm anticipating Post Tenebras Lux, Amour, Paradise, the new Kiarostami and Cosmopolis and Antiviral.

  • redcup | April 19, 2012 10:19 AMReply

    Fully expected to see THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES included. Wonder what happened there.

  • Jean | April 19, 2012 10:35 AM

    I guess maybe it's not ready? Hopefully it will turn up at Venice or Toronto.

  • a | April 19, 2012 10:14 AMReply

    Jamie: Agreed. People obsessed with coming to comment sections so they can parade their opinions of these actors seem oblivious to the reason why Cannes organizers picked the movies in the first place: the directors. The idea that out of this whole story and all the films selected, the only thing worth commenting on is Stewart and Pattinson -- you're right -- says a lot about those commenting.

  • Taylor Jones | April 19, 2012 11:51 AM

    I bet it's more a matter of Bertolucci not submitting his 3D film to Competition than anything. I'm sure Bertolucci would've received a pass even if the film is horrendous, ala Wenders's "Palermo Shooting" from a few years ago.

  • a | April 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    I'm talking about all the films selected to show, not just in competition. Cannes is obviously auteur-centered.

  • JD | April 19, 2012 10:45 AM

    The reason Cannes picked the movies in competition is... the movies. Directors don't get an automatic free pass because they're respected auteurs. Otherwise, why isn't Bertolucci's film in competition?

  • brou | April 19, 2012 10:08 AMReply

    Great achievement for Megan Ellison, who has already 2 films she's producing in competition (Lawless & Killing them softly).

  • Evan | April 19, 2012 9:15 AMReply

    Awesome. Want to see Mud, Cosmopolis, Killing Them Softly, Rust and Bone, Moonrise Kingdom, and Beyone the Hills.

  • w | April 19, 2012 9:13 AMReply

    I can't believe there's no Assayas!

  • Drew | April 19, 2012 8:35 AMReply

    Thank god Dario Argento's "Dracula" is getting some festival love.


  • Tyrannosaurus Max | April 19, 2012 12:13 PM

    hahahhaha I know, right? LOLOLOL I can't wait to see that thing...

  • JD | April 19, 2012 8:30 AMReply

    If what I've heard is accurate, Post tenebras lux is gonna blow everyone's mind.

  • Me | April 19, 2012 7:03 AMReply

    No Stoker :( :(
    Maybe Venice?

  • Mia | April 19, 2012 6:50 AMReply

    woo hoo miss lovely!

  • DaLay | April 19, 2012 6:47 AMReply

    So Cannes is turning into a Twilight convention now. Well they started by invinting the Jolie Pitt circus every year and now they are adding another annying duo.

  • Kanerwa | April 19, 2012 2:13 PM

    Twilight convetion?Why not Batman,or Transformers?

  • Chloe | April 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Don't forget to include Zac Efron. It's a tweener's wet dream.

  • jamie | April 19, 2012 9:32 AM

    If all you can see is Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart when talking about Cosmopolis and On the Road, then that says more about you than it does the Cannes film festival. So they are to ignore films by directors David Cronenberg and Walter Salles just because two actors that appear in Twilight are in them? Give me a break.

  • Oh | April 19, 2012 9:27 AM

    Kay, I really really hope you are kidding. But I'm afraid you aren't.

  • Kay | April 19, 2012 9:18 AM

    Why are they annoying? Kim Kardashian is annoying. Rob and Kristen have worked hard and picked projects that will start the next chapter in their careers. Both films and directors deserve to be there in their own right. If you hate the hype surrounding them and Twilight I get it but don't blame them, they are the some of the most sincere, non-fake people in Hollywood, and don't parade their relationship in front of the public like many celebrity couples do. Give them a break!

  • i seriously hope you guys ross douthat | April 19, 2012 6:43 AMReply

    wot no olivier assayas

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