Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with almost every country vying for spots in the official selection. But with the official 2013 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little over a month away, Indiewire is offering its annual Cannes wish list.
Indiewire's annual Cannes wish
list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a roster of films we hope are finished in time, good enough and
invited to the festival. Thus we're not including films basically confirmed not to be heading to Cannes -- like Lars von Trier's "The Nymphomaniac," Xavier Dolan's "Tom at the Farm" and Pedro Almodovar's "I Am Excited." Or the one film we officially know -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which will open the festival.
the candidates are celebrated filmmakers like Woody Allen, Catherine Breillat, Joel & Ethan Coen, Sofia Coppola, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, James Grey, Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Roman Polanski and Steven Soderbergh (for a TV movie!), among many others.
Films that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall fest berth in Venice and/or Toronto. Either way, let the guessing games begin:
"Abuse of Weakness"
Director: Catherine Breillat
The pairing of a controversial French filmmaker and two-time Cannes winning Best Actress is undoubtedly a given for making this year’s festival lineup. “Fat Girl” director Catherine Breillat has adapted her novel “Abuse of Weakness,” which centers on her personal experience of con man Christophe Rocancourt stealing money from her following a stroke. The film stars Isabelle Huppert, Cannes winner for “Violette” and “The Piano Teacher,” and French rapper Kool Shen. [Erin Whitney]
Director: Claire Denis
It's been four years since "White Material," Claire Denis' acclaimed thriller (also starring Isabelle Huppert), so anticipation is high for the filmmaker's latest, starring Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastrioani in the leads. Everything Denis has made in the past decade has premiered at Venice, but given her French pedigree and the fact she shot "The Bastards" last August, a Cannes premiere for her latest isn't out of the question. Mastrioani stars as Sandra, a widowed mother to a troubled daughter, whose family's business is going under. To exact revenge on the businessman she deems responsible for her family's troubles, she enlists the help of her brother. [Nigel M. Smith]
"Behind The Candelabra"
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Films or miniseries made for television have quickly become staples at major festivals lately, from Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" (which debuted at Sundance earlier this year), to Olivier Assayas's "Carlos" (at Cannes three years ago). And it seems like a likely bet to continue that trend is Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind The Candelabra." Starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger lover Scott Thorson, the film is said to be Soderbergh's final film project -- which would be fitting to show at Cannes given his first -- 1989's "sex, lies and videotape" -- won the Palme d'Or there. More over, Soderbergh has openly said he hopes the film premieres there, and given its HBO premiere date is May 26th (just after the fest) it seems to be perfectly timed to [Peter Knegt].
Director: Sofia Coppola
Fourteen years after her debut film "The Virgin Suicides" premiered in Cannes, Sofia Coppola is very likely to be heading back with her fifth, "The Bling Ring." Inspired by actual events, the film continues a mini-trend in cinema this year: Auteurs examining contemporary female youth behaving very badly ("Spring Breakers" clearly being the other examples). "Ring" follows the true story of a group of fame-obsessed teenagers known as the Bling Ring (with Emma Watson playing the leader) who use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes (actual victims included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox). Sounds like a very promising concept for the filmmaker's follow-up to surprise Venice prize winner "Somewhere," and with A24 (who also released "Breakers") already setting "The Bling Ring" for a June theatrical release, it's Cannes or bust. [Peter Knegt]