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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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Welcome To New York” (dir. Abel Ferrera)
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Calderon, Amy Ferguson
Abel Ferrera has never been much of a Cannes mainstay—only his 1993 “Body Snatchers” re-do played the festival in competition, and in general the director’s favored Venice premieres for his work. But if the “Bad Lieutenant” helmer ever returns to Cannes, it’d be with his latest—the French may find the temptation of a thinly veiled portrait of disgraced IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned after a number of sexual assault allegations, too much to resist. The film shot over a year ago, and premiered footage for buyers at last year’s festival, so it makes sense that it’d screen in full this time, though we can see it being hosted in a sidebar rather than in the main competition line-up.

Amour Fou” (dir. Jessica Hausner)
Cast: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann
Last year’s Cannes drew fire for the paucity of female directors represented (and the sole Competition entry from a woman, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s “A Castle in Italy” turned out to be deeply smug) and while this year’s possibles again contain very few, one very good shot has got to go to Jessica Hausner’s follow-up to Venice winner “Lourdes.” Based on the life of dramatist Heinrich von Kleist, that ended in a double suicide with his lover, the film shot back in February of last year, so no doubt it's ready and Hausner is must be hoping to return with it to Cannes for the fourth time--though this may represent her best chance yet to crack into the main competition line-up.

Winter Sleep” (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen and Demet Akbag
Odds are very short on this one, as it shot all the way back in January 2013 and has been primed for a Cannes bow for quite a while now. All but two of Ceylan’s films have premiered in Cannes, and he’s won the Grand Prix twice (for “Uzak” in 2003 and for his last film, 2011’s masterful, brilliant “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”). To our mind, starting from a very high base Ceylan’s been getting better and better, so not only is this story, of a retired actor cooped up in a hotel with his wife and sister when the winter snows set in, a surefire Cannes inclusion, it’s one we can’t wait to check out too.

Mr. Turner” (dir. Mike Leigh)
Cast: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
With a Palme d’Or and a Best Director award already under his belt (for “Secrets and Lies” and “Naked” respectively) any new Mike Leigh movie has got to be a major contender for a Cannes competition slot (he’s been there four times so far, “All or Nothing” and “Another Year” being the other two competition players). And this apparently handsomely-mounted period biopic of artist JMW Turner, which reteams him with Spall and Manville, seems to have been eyeing a Cannes premiere for a while. In fact, while nearest Leigh equivalent “Topsy Turvy” premiered in Venice, it would be a surprise if this one didn’t find a place in Cannes.

The Normal Heart” (dir. Ryan Murphy)
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parson, Julia Roberts, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina
With TV no longer seen as a second-class medium, Cannes have embraced the premium cable revolution: 2012 saw the premiere of HBO’s “Hemingway And Gellhorn,” while last year saw no fewer than three movies from the network, with “Behind The Candelabra” in competition, and special screenings of “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and “Seduced And Abandoned.” The obvious candidate for this slot this time around is “The Normal Heart,” the star-studded adaptation of Larry Kramer’s acclaimed HIV-themed drama from “Glee” and “American Horror Story” director Ryan Murphy. With the movie premiering on HBO on May 25th, the stage seems all but set for this to stop over in Cannes for a premiere first, though following the Liberace film into competition might be a stretch this time.

Kuime” (dir. Takashi Miike)
Cast: Ko Shibasaki, Hitomi Katayama, Ebizo Ichikawa, Hideaki Ito, Maiko
Cannes isn’t the most genre-friendly festival, necessarily, but Takashi Miike is one of the few able to transcend that: he’s been in competition twice since the beginning of the decade, with 2011’s “Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai” and last year’s “Shield Of Straw.” The prolific Japanese director’s latest is an adaptation of “Yotsuya Kaidan,” arguably the most famous Japanese ghost story, a blood drenched tale of murder, incest and madness. Will it be too much for a return appearance for Miike, only a year after he last graced the festival? Perhaps, but given his current run, and a Japanese release date in August, it’s far from unthinkable.

Still The Water” (dir. Naomi Kawase)
Cast: Makiko Watanabe, Hideo Sakaki, Jun Murakami, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda
The sole female director to have won the Palme d’Or, Jane Campion might be heading the jury this year, but once again, the festival looks like it could be very thin on the ground when it comes to films directed by women. But one of the best candidates to break that looks to be Naomi Kawase: the Japanese helmer’s “Suzaku” won the Camera d’Or in 1997, took the Grand Priz for “The Mourning Forest” in 2007, and was in competition with “Hanezu” in 2011. Her latest, about a young couple who find a dead body in the sea, shot last summer, and therefore should be ready with plenty of time to see Kawase return to the Croisette.

Coming Home” (dir. Zhang Yimou)
Cast: Gong Li, Chen Daoming
The nearest thing we’ve got to an International Superstar Chinese Director, Zhang’s last film, “The Flowers of War” may have been a disappointment, but we expect a return to form (which for Zhang, who directed “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Ju Dou,” “House of the Flying Daggers,” “Hero” and the stunning opening of the Beijing Olympics, is pretty damn high). He’s been to the Cannes competition three times (winning the Grand Prix for “To Live”) and this film, which reteams him with muse Gong Li will very likely make it four--it’s rumored to already be a done deal.The story follows an old man, who’d been sent to a labor camp, as he eventually returns to his family, and presumably sees Zhang work in a more intimate register than some of his epic outings.

Mommy” (dir. Xavier Dolan)
Cast: Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement, Antione Olivier-Pilon
French-Canadian wunderkind Dolan (seriously, he’s not even 25 yet) is reportedly currently in post on his next film, and the film’s readiness was really the only question mark we had as to how strong a contender it would be for Cannes inclusion: three of his previous four films have debuted in Cannes, all three won awards in their respective sidebars and last year's "Tom at the Farm" was warmly received out of Venice. This one sees him return to the familiar territory of a fraught mother/child relationship, and also reunites him with the stars of his previous films “I Killed My Mother” and “Laurence Anyways” so assuming the paint is dry, really the question is where it will find a spot in Cannes, rather than if. Perhaps this will be his first time in the main competition?

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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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