"Dans La Maison" (dir. Francois Ozon)
Cast: Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emannuelle Seigner, Denis Menochet, Fabrice Luchini
Another surprising absence from the Cannes line-up, given that Francois Ozon is another stalwart there, the director's black comedy, about the relationship between a student and a professor, did shoot quite late last year, with the director then heading for service on the jury in Berlin, which is why we suspected it wasn't ready for the French festival in May. But given that his last picture, 2010's "Potiche," premiered at Venice, we think a return outing is a very good bet, likely followed by a trip to Toronto.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying
With "Drive" lighting up theaters around the world last year, Nicolas Winding Refn has undoubtedly become one of the more sought-after auteurs on the circuit. And while his new film, a Thai-set actioner that, if the script is anything to go by, will be even more violent than his last film, was filming until relatively recently, the director tweeted a few months back that it was aiming to be done by the end of August, which suggested it was on the way to one of the big fall festivals. Given that he broke his Venice cherry with "Bleeder" in 1999, he might well make a return trip, although the film doesn't necessarily fit with the "more sober" aesthetic of the new festival, so Toronto might be just as likely.
"Gebo Et L'Ombre" (dir. Manoel De Oliveira)
Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau, Michael Lonsdale
103-years-old and still making films with the energy of a 21-year-old, Portugese helmer Manoel De Oliveira is back with his 59th film across an 80 year career, and he's perhaps the lock for Venice this year. He's a long-time favorite of the festival -- winning the jury prize in 1991, and honored for his career in 2004 -- and the Italian press have already reported that he'll be among the line-up this year with his latest, a 19th century drama about a patriarch who sacrifices himself for his son. Festival organizers wouldn't comment on the rumors, but we'd be stunned if this didn't figure in the line up.