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Predicting The 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Who Will Join 'The Great Gatsby' On The Croisette?

The Playlist By The Playlist Staff | The Playlist March 14, 2013 at 12:03PM

On Tuesday, it was announced that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" would open this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious, and arguably most important event on the cinematic calendar. And today, March 14th, marks the last day on which films can be seen by the selection panel for the festival, which kicks off May 15th.
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Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett

"Blue Jasmine" (dir. Woody Allen)
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K.
Over the years, eleven of Woody Allen's films have shown at Cannes (five opening the festival, including most recently "Midnight In Paris"), with some of his biggest latter-day successes unspooling. Last year's "To Rome With Love" skipped it, premiering in Italy before the festival, but his latest, a San Francisco-set tale featuring Cate Blanchett, seems more likely. The French love Woody, Woody loves the French, and Sony Pictures Classics already has a summer release date set, so it seems an inevitability.

“Panda Eyes” (dir. Isabel Coixet)
Cast: Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Claire Forlani, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine Chaplin
A director that’s hard to pin down, Isabel Coixet has moved from Hollywood arthouse movies to European film and back again with ease, and in 2009 she hit Cannes with “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” which didn’t make a big splash. But as she told Cineuropa last month, her next film “Panda Eyes” has finished filming. Based on the YA novel “Another Me” by Cathy MacPhail, it’s a supernatural thriller about doppelgangers. Is this the weighty fare that Cannes usually demands, or something more appropriate for a bigger fest with more programs to find a comfortable spot to premiere like TIFF?

Ain't Them Bodies Saints
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (dir. David Lowery)
Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Nate Parker
The festival has a habit in recent years of plucking one buzz film from the Sundance line-up and placing it in the Un Certain Regard section – "Precious," "Blue Valentine," "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" have all followed this route. As such, while there are other possibilities ("Fruitvale" probably the most notable), the smart money's on "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" being the one from the 2013 crop. It probably has had the most wildly positive reviews, and seems the most in tune with the sidebar's tastes. And most notably, while a plethora of acclaimed Sundance films hit SXSW this month, 'Bodies' wasn't one of them. But will Cannes have their eyes on something else instead?
 
"Grace of Monaco" (dir. Olivier Dahan)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Derek Jacobi, Frank Langella, Paz Vega
The French Riviera setting and delve into cinematic history of this biopic of Grace Kelly make it a natural fit for a Cannes premiere to some degree, but filming only got underway in November, so it's a tight turnaround. And our gut is that the film will probably be too conventional for a Competition slot, and moreover, it just feels more tailormade for a Venice, Telluride or TIFF. But last year Harvey Weinstein started awards season buzz at Cannes for "The Master," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" with a sizzle reel presentation, and we could very well at least see footage pop up in that context.

"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" (dir. Ned Benson)
Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, Bill Hader
Between "Take Shelter," "The Tree of Life," "Madagascar 3" and "Lawless,Jessica Chastain can make a pretty sincere claim to being the Queen of Cannes in the last few years. She's not quite so omnipresent this year, but it's always possible that she could be back again with the linked double-feature "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers." American indies from first time directors tend to come to Cannes via Sundance, but the concept is ambitious enough, and the cast (also including Isabelle Huppert) strong enough, that it could figure into the line up. And "Che" proved in 2008 that two-part films can still make the competition (though we suspect that Director's Fortnight or Un Certain Regard are more likely for this one if it gets in). 

The Double Jesse Eisenberg
"The Double" (dir. Richard Ayoade)
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, Wallace Shawn
2011's "Submarine" marked the arrival of not just a fresh new comic voice in director Richard Ayoade, but also someone who really had his cinephile bonafides. And it's likely that his follow-up, an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, will appeal even more to the higher-minded film fan and festival programmer, so could certainly figure in to the lineup. Given that Ayoade's a Cannes newcomer, it's probably more likely to be in a sidebar, but the film wrapped long ago, and seems like it could be up Cannes' street. Then again, a TIFF bow is equally likely.

"Goodbye to Language 3D" (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Cast: Heloise Godet, Jessica Erickson, Zoe Bruneau, Kamel Abdeli, Dimitri Basil
Jean-Luc Godard's relationship to Cannes has always been a touch strained. The festival rejected "Breathless," didn't let him in the official competition until 1980, and the director didn't even turn up when "Film Socialisme" screened there in 2010. But that certainly doesn't rule out his latest film from making an appearance, particularly as it marks the New Wave legend's first effort in 3D. Early synopses (which include a talking dog, of sorts) suggest that the film might be more accessible than anything we've seen from the filmmaker in a while, as does the fact that Fox have picked up the U.S. rights to the film. Accessible being, of course, a relative term. Anyway, you never know with Godard, but this is a definite possibility.

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