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'Only God Forgives,' 'Nebraska,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'The Past' & More Lead Official Selection For 2013 Cannes Film Festival

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 18, 2013 5:56 AM
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As usual, sifting the actual fact from the speculation when it comes to the line-up of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has been a little tricky. We know the opener -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the closer -- "Zulu," with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, and as of yesterday, the Un Certain Regard headliner, in the shape of Sofia Coppola's "Bling Ring."

But aside from the occasional film that's been taken out of the running properly, like Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer," the field's still been wide open. Until this morning, that is -- the line-up for the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled. And as ever, there's plenty of gold to be found If you've had your ears close to the ground, and there were few surprises. As expected, Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and James Gray's latest (albeit now retitled "The Immigrant") were among the biggest announcements, along with "The Past," the new film from "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi.

More surprising, although still tipped by some, were new films by Roman Polanski (stage adaptation "Venus In Fur"), Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," Arnaud Desplechin's English-language "Jimmy P," and the latest from Francois Ozon, "Jeune Et Jolie." The likes of Paolo Sorrentino, Alex Van Warmerdam, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Abdellatif Kechiche made up the rest of the official selection, which you can see in full below. 

Cannes favorite Gray made a second appearance out of competition, as the co-writer of Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties," which stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and Matthias Schoenaerts, while J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call" follow-up "All Is Lost," starring Robert Redford, also gets a bow away from the official selection. A second HBO movie also crops up, with Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali's Final Fight," starring Benjamin Walker, Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella, getting a special screening alongside a second Polanski film, a restoration of his motor racing documentary "Week End Of A Champion."

Meanwhile, the organizers seemed to take little notice of the criticism last year of the male-centric nature of the line-up, with only one female director in competition, and others pushed to the sidebar Un Certain Regard section; alongside the previously announced Sofia Coppola film, Claire Denis' "The Bastards" will also premiere there. They're joined by James Franco's "As I Lay Dying," and Sundance favorite "Fruitvale Station," among others. That aside, it's a typically exciting line-up, and we'll be on the Croisette once again to cover many of these films when the festival kicks off on May 15th.

Opening Film
"The Great Gatsby" (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

Official Selection
"Behind The Candelabra" (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
"Borgman" (dir. Alex Van Warmerdam)
"Un Chateau En Italie" (dir. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
"La Grande Bellezza" (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
"Grisgris" (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
"Heli" (dir. Amat Escalante)
"The Immigrant" (dir. James Gray)
"Inside Llewyn Davis" (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
"Jeune Et Jolie" (dir. Francois Ozon)
"Jimmy P" (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
"Michael Kohlhaas" (dir. Arnaud Despallieres)
"Nebraska" (dir. Alexander Payne)
"Only God Forgives" (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
"The Past" (dir. Asghar Farhadi")
"Soshite Chichi Ni Naru" (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
"Tian Zhu Ding" (dir. Zhangke Jia)
"Venus In Fur" (dir. Roman Polanski)
"La Vie D'Adele" (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
"Wara No Tate" (dir. Takashi Miike)

Out Of Competition
"All Is Lost" (dir. J.C Chandor)
"Blood Ties" (dir. Guillaume Canet)

Un Certain Regard
"Anonymous" (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof)
"As I Lay Dying" (dir. James Franco)
"Bends" (dir. Flora Lau)
"The Bling Ring" (dir. Sofia Coppola)
"Death March" (dir. Adolfo Alix Jr)
"Fruitvale Station" (dir. Ryan Coogler)
"Grand Central" (dir. Rebecca Zlotowski)
"L'Image Manquante" (Rithy Panh)
"L'Inconnu Du Lac" (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
"La Jaula De Oro" (dir. Diego Quemada)
"Miele" (dir. Valeria Golino)
"Norte, Hangganana Ng Kasaysayan" (dir. Lav Diaz)
"Omar" (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
"Les Salauds" (dir. Claire Denis)
"Sarah Prefere La Course" (dir. Chloe Robichaud)

"Blind Detective" (dir. Johnnie To)
"Monsoon Shootout" (dir. Amit Kumar)

Special Screening
"Max Rose" (dir. Daniel Noah)
"Weekend Of A Champion" (dir. Roman Polanski)
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (dir. Stephen Frears)
"Stop The Pounding Heart" (dir. Roberto Minervini)
"Seduced & Abandoned" (dir. James Toback)
"Otdat Konci" (dir. Taisia Igumentseva)
"Bombay Talkies" (dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

Closing Film
"Zulu" (dir. Jérôme Salle)

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  • chris | April 28, 2013 1:11 AMReply

    watch out for Director's Fortnight entry ON THE JOB

  • Dan Humphrey | April 23, 2013 9:05 AMReply

    Spielberg loved A SEPARATION ("best film of the year by a wide margin") and told Farhadi as much when he met him at a party in late 2011. This has been widely reported in the press.

  • yer | April 18, 2013 1:06 PMReply

    Well Spielberg is the head of the jury so you can rule out Farhadi winning because he's Iranian and you can rule out anything auteur related not winning. I'm guessing Nebraska takes home the Palme.

  • Michael M. | April 19, 2013 10:44 AM

    Alexander Payne is an auteur.

  • Vika | April 18, 2013 8:59 PM

    Au contraire! Remember when Farhadi was accepting his Oscar, camera was on Spielberg and his wife, they had that sympathizing look on their faces and seemed very involved, even moved. I'd be expecting unexpected with Spielberg as a head of jury, after all he's one of the giants and true lover of films.

    My bet is someone relatively unknown, even though I'll be rooting for Ozon (some award's due!) and Refn. Payne, too.

  • Christopher Bell | April 18, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    Yeah right. I can't imagine him going for Refn. I assume it'd be one of the more obvious picks -- send off Soderbergh with another palm?

  • Michael M. | April 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    You can't envision Refn winning, but you can Soderbergh for a Liberace biopic? Kill yourself.

  • Michael M. | April 18, 2013 10:47 AMReply

    And the Palme d'Or goes too: Only God Forgives.

    Come on Spielberg is the head of the international jury, and surely he'll gravitate towards Refn's highly stylized, pulp neo-noir art-house.

  • Michael M. | April 19, 2013 10:42 AM

    It's called speculation. Take your flaming elsewhere, sophist prick.

  • yod | April 18, 2013 11:43 PM

    Only God Fogives isn't that good. Oh wait, I haven't even seen it yet. Why are we pretending we've seen it? Does this make us cool? Are we even cooler if we spell 'to' as 'too'?

  • KL | April 18, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    The fake list was better than this.

  • yemka | April 18, 2013 10:03 AMReply

    Wait is Gatsby in competition tho? Like Moonrise was last yearr?

  • brou | April 18, 2013 11:43 AM

    No (Thierry Frémaux said so)

  • oogle monster | April 18, 2013 10:01 AMReply

    STOKED for Gatsby (duh), Gosling + Refn, and of course double the Mulligan in the form of Coen Bro's! Bummed that Spike Jonze's latest isn't in the lineup... wanted double the Phoenix as well.

  • Liam | April 18, 2013 9:53 AMReply

    Cotillard has "The Immigrant" in Competition & "Blood Ties" out of competition. She's gonna have another huge year on the circuit. She was even supposed to be in Farhadi's The Past but dropped it a few weeks latter.
    I hope she'll blow everybody's mind in another tour-de-force performance to proove once and for all that sh's one of best actress working today.

  • emma | April 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    and next year the dardenne's movie! she did turned down ' Suite française ' this year, a good move I think

  • Liz | April 18, 2013 9:12 AMReply

    Damn, I said four months ago that I hoped the James Gray picture didn't get retitled as something boring like "The Immigrant."


  • patchthehavoc | April 18, 2013 8:21 AMReply

    Surprised to not see Only Lovers Left Alive at all and Les Salauds in Un Certain Regard instead of the official selection. The Immigrant is... a much less compelling name than Lowlife, however you look at it, so I'm not sure why they made that switch. Very, very excited for Only God Forgives and Inside Llewyn Davis.

  • Tiago Lopes | April 18, 2013 8:11 AMReply

    Is this the first time a TV production is in Cannes' main line-up?

  • Art | April 18, 2013 10:50 AM

    And Olivier Assaya's "Carlos"

  • Comment | April 18, 2013 8:18 AM

    No, Palme d'Or winner Elephant (2003) was also an HBO TV production

  • Boetticher | April 18, 2013 7:37 AMReply

    I think this'll be the best Cannes in a very long time.

  • ek | April 18, 2013 6:07 AMReply

    Dissapointed under the skin and only lovers left alive wont be premiering there.

  • JD | April 18, 2013 9:27 AM

    Either Under the Skin or Only Lovers Left Alive could be viable openers for Director's Fortnight. Coppola opened DF with Tetro a few years ago and other major auteurs have done the same.

  • Amy | April 18, 2013 8:36 AM

    Yes but Limits of Control came out before Cannes. Only Lovers Left Alive doesn't have a distributor (as far as we know) so you think they would want to
    Screen it for buyers. Maybe he's not done with it?

  • Jason | April 18, 2013 8:24 AM

    Glazer's latest film, Birth, premiered at Venice so it's possible it will be screened there. Jarmush's The Limits of Control skipped Cannes in 2009, so there's no big surprise there.

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