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

by The Playlist Staff
March 14, 2013 12:03 PM
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"The Nymphomaniac" (dir. Lars von Trier)
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell
Even aside from the whole persona non grata that resulted after his ill-advised comments while promoting "Melancholia" at the festival two years ago (and there have been some suggestions that Lars von Trier's work is still welcome at the festival, just not so much the filmmaker himself), it's very unlikely that von Trier's latest will be on the Croisette this year, for the principal reason that it's not ready: the film's producer indicated that the two-part movie just wouldn't be prepared in time to screen for contention. Will they hold on for Cannes 2014? Or will we see it at another festival this year? 

"Gravity" (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
It's one of the most eagerly anticipated premieres of the year, and of course we've all got our fingers crossed that Alfonso Cuarón's space adventure premieres as soon as May. But given that Warners are releasing the film in October, they again probably don't want such a major gap. If they go the festival route (which they're likely to do), Telluride or Venice (where "Children of Men" got its premiere) are better bets, or perhaps TIFF where the WB unspooled the similarly ambitious "Cloud Atlas." It'd be a real coup if it worked out for Cannes, but the chances are slim.

"Venus In Fur" (dir. Roman Polanski)
Cast: Emanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Roman Polanski is one for two when it comes to the Palme d'Or – he lost for "The Tenant," but won for "The Pianist" a little over a decade ago. However, we'd be surprised if the filmmaker were at the festival, in or out of competition, with his latest, "Venus In Fur." He only wrapped the film earlier this year, and even though it's a two-hander, it'd be a swift turnaround for a film that might get more attention at Venice or TIFF. It's not totally impossible, but we think the festival will be Polanski-free this year. 

Also Worth Mentioning: If Ron Howard's "Rush" goes the festival route, it's more likely to be at Venice or Telluride, given its September release date, though he has been very busy in post, frequently tweeting pictures of late. Meanwhile, Spike Jonze has generally skipped the festival circuit with his previous work, and we're not sure that's going to change with new film "Her" starring Joaquin Phoenix. The same probably goes for "Night Moves," the new film from Kelly Reichardt; while "Wendy & Lucy" was at the festival a few years back, she'd be hard pushed to get the film ready on time. One film to watch in the Directors' Fortnight section might be the Ben Whishaw-starring "Lilting," while Hossein Amini's "The Two Faces Of January" could figure somewhere in the line-up as well, though TIFF is more likely. -Oliver Lyttelton, Kevin Jagernauth

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  • JOANNA KOUFAKI - GREESE - HELLAS | May 12, 2013 9:45 AMReply


  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 18, 2013 10:12 PMReply

    i hope Vithaya Pansringarm wins best actor at cannes for Only God Forgives

  • ya boy jafar | March 31, 2013 6:01 AM

    hell yea bruh lets start the campaign

  • Gautam | March 15, 2013 12:02 PMReply

    Also expected to play at Cannes is "Lootera", from unarguably India's most gifted upcoming director Vikramaditya Motwane after the sincerely exceptional Udaan which played at Cannes 2010 in Un Certain Regard . As the stunning looking [with a soul-stirring music] trailer suggests this time he explores the territories of forgone or possibly forbidden love, though actually Lootera is said to be inspired from O Henry's short story "The Last Leaf" which I read as a young boy and remember being completely overwhelmed by it.

  • Arch | March 15, 2013 7:33 AMReply

    Kurosawa's "Real" will be released on June 1, 2013 in japan.
    I'm not sure about the math here, but a Cannes premier may be possible (and would be great in any case).
    Here's the official website (including trailer)

  • Bougah Luv | March 15, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    No films from Africa. Guess the dark continent remains in the shadows...

  • Scandinoobs | March 14, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    And Nymphomaniac has a set premiere in Denmark, Sweden and Norway for 25th of December 2013. So it will be at Venice, most likely.

    You guys should read more Scandinavian press for Scandinavian films before you write about them.

  • ash | March 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    I thought on imdb the release date of nymphomaniac in Denmark was in May... thanks for the info.

  • ash | March 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    I thought on imdb the release date of nymphomaniac in Denmark was in May... thanks for the info.

  • Pedro PEder | March 14, 2013 2:08 PMReply

    Roy Andersson said at the Gotenburg film festival that he hoped to finish for 2014 Cannes. 100% not going to be there in 2013.

  • Blake | March 14, 2013 1:24 PMReply

    Excellent work! In-depth articles like this are why I love The Playlist.

    Alexander Payne's Nebraska has been so off/on again of late hard to tell. Would at least seam a maybe given he was on the Cannes jury last year and by all accounts having a great time but you never know as on the business side of things decisions get made irregardless of everything else.

  • ek | March 14, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    only lovers left alive?

  • Kevin | March 14, 2013 12:49 PM

    We did have it on our list, but someone got dropped in building the feature. Keep your eyes peeled.

  • Den | March 14, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    Also you gorgot to mention Alexander Payne's Nebraska, even in the long shots section.

  • Den | March 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    *Sorry for the double post

  • Den | March 14, 2013 12:25 PMReply

    Also you gorgot to mention Alexander Payne's Nebraska, even in the long shots section.

  • den | March 14, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    Deadline said Grace of Monaco wasn't going.

  • kris | March 14, 2013 12:07 PMReply

    jason reitman's labor day

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