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Cannes Updates: 'On the Road,' 'Rust and Bone'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 4, 2012 at 4:29PM

Let's get one thing out of the way: that leaked Cannes Line-Up was an April Fool's prank, no more, a French blog has admitted. The official selection is still in the head of Festival de Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux, who told AFP on Tuesday: "It was an April Fool's stunt played by a couple of jokers."
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Cannes 2012
Cannes 2012

Let's get one thing out of the way: that leaked Cannes Line-Up was an April Fool's prank, no more, a French blog has admitted. The official selection is still  in the head of Festival de Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux, who told AFP on Tuesday: "It was an April Fool's stunt played by a couple of jokers."

While we will have to wait until Fremaux announces the Selection Officielle on April 19, of a few things we are sure. One, the Fest opens May 16 with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and closes on May 27. Two, we will see Walter Salles' "On the Road" there, which has been screening for North American buyers and has not yet landed an offer it can accept. It's one of those cases where the financeers want more for the film than distributors are willing to pay upfront without seeing how audiences and critics respond. Word is the film is two and a half hours long and episodic, which makes sense given that it is an adaptation of the peripatetic 1957 Jack Kerouac classic. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Amy Adams. (New character posters are below.)

"On the Road"
"On the Road"

Three, we will also see Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," which stars Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," "Inception," "Midnight in Paris") as a whale trainer opposite the breakout actor from "Bullhead," Matthias Schoenaerts. Audiard is rushing to finish the film, which he and Thomas Bidegain adapted from a book of short stories by Craig Davidson. Sony Pictures Classics nabbed the romantic mystery ahead of the fest; SPC also released Audiard's Oscar-nominated "A Prophet."

And four, while SPC has taken Woody Allen films to Cannes in the past ("Midnight in Paris" opened last year's fest), the filmmaker is opening "To Rome with Love" in Italy in April. No Croisette for Allen this year.

'On the Road'
'On the Road'
'On the Road'
'On the Road'
'On the Road'

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.