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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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Nymphomaniac Vol II: Director’s Cut” (dir. Lars Von Trier)
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Shia LaBoeuf, Willem Dafoe
While we’d be hard pushed to name a single film that has had a more confusing release strategy than “Nymphomaniac” (two parts, each in two different versions, occasionally screened together but mostly not, with staggered worldwide release dates/festival bows), it has kept the conversation going. And Von Trier’s cut of Vol II may make it to Cannes just as the extended version of Vol I played Berlin--it’s just down to whether Cannes wants to get back in the Von Trier business. The two-time Palme D'Or winner stirred the pot with his “Persona Non Grata” Berlin T-shirt, but giving this cut an out of competition screening, (which is comparatively risk-free as it will already have played theaters in a different form) might be a good way to start to thaw out that relationship.

Retour a Ithaque” (dir. Laurent Cantet)
Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Isabel Santos, Fernando Hechevarria, Pedro Julio Diaz Ferran 
2008 Palme d’Or winner, for “The Class,” and director of the brilliant and beloved “Time Out” (2001) Laurent Cantet returned to Cannes, though to the Un Certain Regard section in 2012 as one of the directors of Cuba-set portmanteau film “7 Nights in Havana.” Since then he directed period-teen-female rebellion story “Foxfire” which was buzzed pre-TIFF ‘13 but failed to get a US release at all. But this film, which once again is set in Havana and follows the celebration of the return of a man who’d been in exile for 16 years, sounds like it could see him back on top form, and he does have home court advantage when it comes to Cannes...

On The Milky Road” (dir. Emir Kusturica)
Cast: Emir Kusturica, Monica Belluci, Sloboda Micalovic, Natasa Ninkovic, Davor Janjic
Another filmmaker in the two-time Palme D’Or winner club, Serbian director Emir Kusturica, but his work since the second of the two, 1995’s “Underground,” has been rather less notable. Nevertheless, Kusturica remains a Croisette mainstay, and his latest, his first fiction feature in seven years, is a likely competition entrant this time around. The film, a three-part extrapolation of an earlier short by the director, is apparently on the theme of "kindness," with Kusturica himself taking the lead, alongside Monica Bellucci. The only potential stumbling block is a political one--Kusturica recently made the wrong kind of headlines for voicing support for President Putin’s actions in the Crimea, which may strike a sour note with organizers.

Far from the Madding Crowd” (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, Tom Sturridge, Mathias Schoenaerts
The terrific “The Hunt” saw director Thomas Vinterberg back on top form, and back in the Cannes Competition for the first time since “The Celebration” picked up the Grand Jury Prize back in 1998. It scooped the Ecumenical prize and also a well-deserved Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen, and also was nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar (shoulda won, imho). So between the director’s form and the very high-profile, Cannes-friendly cast, we can’t imagine this period adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel about a woman courted by three suitors isn’t high on the list, assuming it’s ready. And it shot back in September of last year which will make it a tighter squeeze than some, but by no means impossible.

How To Catch A Monster” (dir. Ryan Gosling)
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Iain De Caestecker, Eva Mendes

Mathieu Amalric, Jodie Foster, James Franco and Guillaume Canet are among the actors-turned-directors who’ve had films featured at the festival in recent years, and it could be that their ranks are joined this time around by Ryan Gosling--the star, who featured at the festival in “Drive” and “Only God Forgives,” has stepped behind the camera for odd fable “How To Catch A Monster,” and it could well be a dark horse to feature somewhere in the lineup. The film began shooting a year before the festival is due to take place, and so should be ready in time, and though first-time directors sometime struggle to break into the Competition line-up, it could be one to keep an eye on for the sidebar segments.

Bypass” (dir. Duane Hopkins)
Cast: George MacKay, Benjamin Dilloway, Donald Sumpter, Charlotte Spencer, Felicity Gilbert
It was rather overshadowed by other social realist filmmakers like Andrea Arnold at the time, but British filmmaker Duane Hopkins’ feature debut “Better Things” was a powerful and memorable piece of work back in 2008. Five years on, he’s followed it up with gritty thriller “Bypass,” which focuses on an ill young man who works as a small-time fence, and toplines rising star George MacKay (“Sunshine On Leith,” “How I Live Now”). Hopkins’ short “Field” screened at the festival in 2001, and “Better Things” was at International Critics’ Week in ’08, so look for Hopkins to move up--Competition seems unlikely, but this could well end up in Director’s Fortnight or Un Certain Regard.

Magic In The Moonlight” (dir. Woody Allen)
Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater
Woody Allen might have become a controversial figure in the U.S. again in the last few months, but it’s unlikely to mean that he’s any less of a favorite at Cannes—in the last decade, he premiered “Match Point,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger,” and “Midnight In Paris” at the festival. It’s three years since the latter picked up the best reviews he’d had in years, and with his new film also being a 1920s-set romantic comedy, and set on the French Riviera, it’d be natural to return to the area where he shot the film last July for the premiere. That said, with his last two skipping the festival, it could yet bypass the festival route, but it definitely feels like a good fit.

Free Fall” (dir. Giorgy Palfi)
Cast: Piroska Molnar, Reka Tenki, Zsolt Nagy, Zsolt Trill, Iren Bordan
With Bela Tarr supposedly retired, Hungarian cinema could use a new figurehead, and it might have arrived in the shape of Giorgy Palfi. The filmmaker’s second feature, “Taxidermia” made quite a splash at the festival back in 2006 as part of the Un Certain Regard section, and he was back at the festival with collage film “Final Cut” in 2012. His new film, “Free Fall,” sounds especially intriguing--it follows a woman who jumps off the roof of an apartment block, who gets glimpses into the lives of the inhabitants as she passes their windows on the way down. Palfi only shot the film in January, but has been planning a quick turnaround, and it’s expected to be complete by April, which should put him right in contention--perhaps even for a Competition slot?

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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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