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Predicting The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: What Films Will Walk The Red Carpet With 'Grace Of Monaco'?

by The Playlist Staff
March 17, 2014 2:11 PM
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The Rover

The Rover” (dir. David Michod)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes
Not every filmmaker can be a returning face at Cannes—everyone needs to make their Croisette debut at some point. One of the most likely to be headed to the South of France this year would appear to be Australian filmmaker David Michod, who announced himself as a major talent with “Animal Kingdom” a few years back. His latest, a moody post-apocalyptic Western with some serious star power attached, looks like potential Cannes territory, has been gently rumored for a while, and appears to be perfectly timed — it shot in January 2013, already has a teaser trailer out there, and will be released in the U.S. by A24 in July.

Le Rancon De La Gloire (The Price Of Glory)” (dir. Xavier Beauvois)
Cast: Benoit Poelvoorde, Chiara Mastroianni, Peter Coyote, Nadine Labaki, Dolores Chaplin
Actor-turned-director Xavier Beauvois has figured into the festival many times (he appeared in “House Of Tolerance” and “A Villa In Italy” in recent years), but his greatest success at the festival came in 2010, with “Of Gods And Men” — the austere drama about French monks in Algeria won the Grand Prix at the festival, where Beauvois had also taken the Jury Prize in 1995 for “Don’t Forget You’re Going To Die.” His follow-up as a filmmaker seems to be a bit of a change of pace: it’s a dark comedy set in Switzerland in 1977 about two cons who team up to steal the coffin of the recently deceased Charlie Chaplin. Even if it seems like lighter fare, a return to the scene of his prior triumph seems likely.

Lea Seydoux

Saint Laurent” (dir. Bertrand Bonello)
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Jeremie Renier, Amira Casar
Like a French Truman Capote, 2014 has seen a pair of dueling biopics of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent make their way to the screen. A take by Jalil Lespert premiered at Berlin (to middling reviews, including ours), but “Saint Laurent,” while unauthorized, is higher-profile, with a big name cast and Cannes regular Bertrand Bonello (“House Of Tolerance”) at the helm. The film was originally set to debut in May in France, making it something of a dead cert, but was released delayed a few months. Is that to give it more time to build after a Croisette premiere, or a sign that it won’t be ready for the festival?

The Cut” (dir. Fatih Akin)
Cast: Tahar Rahim, George Georgiou, Akin Gazi
Writer/director Akin already is a Cannes favorite--he won the screenplay prize in 2007 for the immensely touching “The Edge of Heaven” (the second part of his thematic “Love, Death and the Devil” trilogy that “The Cut” will conclude) and last year he screened his documentary “Polluting Paradise.” Beyond that, the film’s star, Tahar Rahim is himself no stranger to the Croisette, having two films there last year, and here taking on a Chaplin/Sergio Leone-influenced role in which he apparently doesn’t speak a word. So a competition slot is very likely here, and though plot details are thin, with that intriguing-sounding role, Rahim could well be a contender for an acting prize too. Update 4.15.14: Akin has evidently pulled the film from the festival, so you can count it out. You can read some of the speculative rumors as to why, here.

Berenice Bejo

The Search” (dir. Michel Hazavanicius)
Cast: Berenice Bejo, Annette Bening
The surprise sensation of the 2011 festival, “The Artist” proved to be an enormous crowd-pleaser, was snapped up by Harvey Weinstein, and went on to win Best Picture, Director and Actor at the Oscars. As such, all eyes will be on the festival this year to see if helmer Michel Hazavanicius can repeat the trick with his follow-up, a remake of Fred Zinnnemann’s 1948 wartime weepie “The Search,” updated to be set in present-day Chechnya, and starring “The Artist”’s Berenice Bejo. The film began shooting last August, giving Hazavanicius just enough room to get it ready for the festival. Could Bejo even repeat her Best Actress win from last year’s “The Past”?

Two Days, One Night” (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardennes)
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione
Belgian writer-directors Dardenne Brothers are such Cannes mainstays that we’re surprised no one’s named a street after them so far: every one of their films since 1999’s “Rosetta” has premiered at the festival, and they’ve in the very small club of those who’ve won the Palme D’Or twice (for “Rosetta” and 2005’s “The Child”). Could they become the first to take the prize for the third time? Their latest, which sees them work with megastar Marion Cotillard, who plays a woman trying to convince colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job, seems as potent as ever, and having shot in June last year, it’s basically a dead cert to be at the festival.

Ken Loach Closeup

Jimmy’s Hall” (dir. Ken Loach)
Cast: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott, Brian O’Byrne, Jim Norton
Not every Ken Loach film has premiered at Cannes, but in the last twenty-five years, it’s been very rare for them to go anywhere else. That era looks to be coming to an end, as “Jimmy’s Hall” is said to be the last narrative feature from the veteran British director. As such, the film, about an Irish communist leader who returns to Dublin in 1932 to reopen his dance hall, is basically a lock for the festival this year, especially with a UK release date of May 30th already set. Could Loach cap his career with a second Palme D’Or? It’d certainly be a fitting tribute to a great filmmaker…

The Blue Room” (dir. Mathieu Amalric)
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau
Thanks to his Bond villainy, and collaborations with directors as diverse as Julian Schnabel, Steven Spielberg and Wes Anderson, Mathieu Amalric is a familiar face on screen even to those who shy away from subtitled fare. In the U.S, his directing career is less well known, but he’s certainly getting there: his last film, “On Tour,” won him Best Director at Cannes in 2010. As such, it seems safe to expect a return trip with his new one, a sexually-charged thriller based on a novel by pulp favorite Georges Simenon, the creator of Inspector Maigret, and who’s previously provided the source material for films by Claude Chabrol, Jean-Pierre Melville and Bela Tarr.

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  • Gossip blog | April 16, 2014 1:24 PMReply

    Indiewire making dumb stans to believe that the atrocious vampire actor, Pattinson is the lead. lmao. Want hits badly. Credibility going down the toilet obviously. He can't even sell his indies, they're all big flops. Pretty soon you wont be hearing about that piece of wood, that's for certain.

  • Emily | April 13, 2014 1:21 AMReply

    I would really love to see The Rover, love Guy Pearce who is such a versatile and brilliant actor and I really like David Michod's work. Robert Pattinson seems damn good in it too from what I've seen.

  • Lucas | March 21, 2014 10:33 AMReply

    I really wish Serena, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, to appear. The book is incredible and I'm very curious to see the performace of Miss Lawrence.

  • The Fanciful Norwegian | March 19, 2014 3:04 AMReply

    Wang Xiaoshuai's THE INTRUDER wrapped in early November, so it should certainly be ready for the festival if they'll have it. Ann Hui's THE GOLDEN ERA (which is current set for a May release in China) seems likely as well.

  • GAStinks | March 18, 2014 2:02 PMReply

    Saw Jalil Lespert's "Yves Saint Laurent" as well and was underwhelmed so as fan of Bonello and huge fan of Seydoux,Garrel and Ulliel; I cannot wait for his version.Pierre Bergé is scum and has unfortunately influenced Lespert by providing him with material.It felt more like a Pierre Bergé movie instead on a movie on Saint Laurent.Bonello doesn't play that game that's why Bergé has tried so hard and so much to stop Bonello.Bonello's version will probably be darker and show the real Yves Saint Laurent and especially the kind of scum Pierre Bergé really is.I know the French public and critics liked Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne but the French movie industry is waiting for Bonello's and so am I.

  • JuanL | March 18, 2014 11:02 AMReply

    Also, I don't think we can leave out the new movie from Andre Techine, either which is in post production and stars Deneuve and Canet. He was relegated to Director's Fortnight with "Les Impardonables", but should be back in main competition this time.

    And I wouldn't count out Atom Egoyan's "Captive". He hasn't been on his A game lately, so the film may not show up at all, but it could be included somewhere. Maybe out of competition.

  • JuanL | March 18, 2014 10:59 AMReply

    How about the new film from Kornél Mundruczó? "White God" is in post-production (per imdb) and Mundruczo has been in competition twice.

  • Mi | March 18, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    Thanks The Playlist for such informative article.Nice job.

  • Gustavo | March 17, 2014 6:56 PMReply

    The dismissive way you address Zinnemann's 1948 war docudrama is gross. I hope you haven't even seen it.

  • Carlos Andres | March 17, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    I think in "Ich und Kaminski" from director Wolfgang Becker (Good Bye Lenin! ) starring Daniel Brühl.

  • g | March 17, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Andrzej Zulawski has a new film? More info please. Can't find that anywhere.

  • datums | March 17, 2014 8:44 PM

    Same. What are you guys talking about? I thought he'd retired.

  • Ishmael | March 17, 2014 3:47 PMReply

    Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions, Jesus of Montreal, The Decline of the American Empire) is supposedly in the running with his first film in seven years, Deux nuits, which stars previous Cannes Best Actress winner, Marie-Josée Croze (The Barbarian Invasions).

  • Oogle monster | March 17, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Hoping Guy Pearce has a meaty role in The Rover. HUGE fan of Animal Kingdom and Pearce is such an underrated actor- deserves all the Oscars in the world.

  • Jordan | April 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    If you can't tell from that pic that Guy Pearce is the one in charge, you need your eyes examined. Pearce is the lead, but Pattinson is co-starring. They team up to track down Pearce's stolen vehicle. I have to laugh at all the fanboys getting bent out of shape because Pattinson is having a successful career. They're going to be very unhappy over the next couple of years because he's working with Cumberbatch, Herzog, Dane DeHaan, and all their other favorites.

  • Just the facts | March 19, 2014 4:48 PM

    I saw Breath In too, and it sucked, big time. Pearce is a great actor, but even he couldn't make that film watchable. And he loved working with Pattinson in The Rover.

    “The best thing about Rob is that he is a really great actor. Watching the rushes back, you go: ‘OK, he is just going to be fantastic’. He plays (the character, Rey) slightly backward, emotionally useless and really vulnerable. He’s got this beautiful face so you are completely entranced by that face no matter how ugly he makes himself or how wounded he is, or how manky his haircut.” — GUY PEARCE (Actor, The Rover 2014)

  • JK1193 | March 19, 2014 4:16 PM

    Pearce rocks so much!!! How he didn't get nominated for Memento is still puzzling to me as well as so many other missed opportunities (L.A. Confidential, The Proposition, The King's Speech and Lawless) and Breathe In and The Rover definately look to be career best performances.

  • Declan | March 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    It's just click bait for the Twihards. Everyone knows Pearce is an immense actor and Pattinson just looks like foil to his leading character.

  • David | March 18, 2014 4:21 AM

    Whosit, Guy Pearce is the shit. Such a talented actor long neglected for some odd reason. Just look at his film history. So diverse. But the picture they used is distracting for a reason, and it's the one A24 are using. Since they have obviously seen the film, something is going on in that moment. But make no mistake, Pearce is deserving and then some.

  • Whosit | March 17, 2014 8:17 PM

    Love Guy Pearce! He is first billed in The Rover. I don't know why this site seems to have such a hard-on for Pattinson and puts his name first in every movie he's featured even though he's not the lead. And what's with the big distracting picture? Anyway, can't wait to see the movie. Just saw Pearce in 'Breathe In' - what a talent!

  • Diana | March 17, 2014 4:24 PM

    Actually, I tthink Guy Pearce has the lead role in The Rover, Robert Pattinson plays the 2nd lead. Scott McNairy is the villain. checkout the movie poster.

  • John | March 17, 2014 2:40 PMReply

    No Hong Sang-soo? He has a film ready since last fall and In Another Country was in competition in '12.

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