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Cannes Wish List: 40 Films We Hope Make The Festival's 2013 Lineup

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 21, 2013 at 11:49AM

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.

"Blood Ties"
Director: Guillaume Canet
French actor Guillaume Canet ("The Beach") is something like his own country's George Clooney or Ben Affleck. The dashingly handsome actor made quite a stir with his second directorial effort "Tell No One," and his follow-up "Little White Lies" got him some considerable attention, too. His new film, "Blood Ties," is set in '70s Brooklyn and sets up a scenario with two brothers, one in law enforcement, one in organized crime. An all-star cast (James Caan, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, Lili Taylor) could make this a star-studded red carpet film at this year's Cannes. [Bryce J. Renninger]

"Blue Jasmine"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Blue Jasmine"
Director: Woody Allen
Two years after kicking off Cannes with Oscar-winning "Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen is a good bet to return to the Croisette with "Blue Jasmine," his first American-set film since "Whatever Works." While Allen always assembles a dreamy cast, this one seems extra special with Cate Blanchett leading a group that includes Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard and, uh, Andrew Dice Clay. Set in San Francisco, pretty much all that's known is that the film is "the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife." And while that's not much info -- and, moreover, Allen is very hit-and-miss as of late (for every "Paris" there's two or three "To Rome With Love") -- something about this one just seems very promising. Maybe because the last time Allen used a color and a flower in the title, he ended up with one his best films, "The Purple Rose of Cairo." And that film premiered in Cannes, too. [Peter Knegt]

"The Butler"
Director: Lee Daniels
Will Lee Daniels make it two years in a row at Cannes after his love-it-or-hate-it-but-most-people-hate-it third film "The Paperboy" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year? "The Butler," whose production has been highly publicized due to a return to acting from Oprah Winfrey but also includes a who's who cast (Daniels favorites Mariah Carey, John Cusack and Cuba Gooding, Jr. join Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Redgrave among many others). The film follows the career of a butler who served eight different Presidents over his time at the White House. Cusack will play Nixon; Robin Williams will play Dwight Eisenhower; James Marsden will play JFK; Alan Rickman will play Ronald Reagan; Liev Schreiber will play LBJ. Melissa Leo and Jane Fonda will play Mrs. Eisenhower and Reagan, respectively. They better widen that red carpet. [Bryce J. Renninger]

"The Butler"
"The Butler"
"Captain Phillips"
Director: Paul Greengrass
Set for release this October by Columbia Pictures, Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips" is probably more likely to hit the Venice-Toronto scene in the fall. But one can still hope it pops up here instead. A biopic of the captain who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009, the film stars Tom Hanks. Beyond adding what looks like some high-quality Hollywood filmmaking into the mix, think of the fun Somali Pirate-themed afterparty on the Croisette? [Peter Knegt]

"The Congress"
Director: Ari Folman
Israeli director Ari Folman seemingly came out of nowhere at Cannes 2007 with his debut feature "Waltz With Bashir," a daring twist on documentary traditions comprised of interviews about the 1982 Lebanon War (which the filmmaker himself experienced) and flashbacks in a bracing application of animation. Folman's approach takes time, so it's no surprise that we've been waiting years for his follow-up, another unique application of animation: "The Congress" is rumbaed to be primarily live action with a good amount of animated sequences set in an imaginary future. The story features Robin Wright as herself struggling with the challenges of being an aging actor; these scenes are said to be live action, while those set 20 years down the road will be animated. Folman has loosely adapted the 1971 novel "The Futurological Congress," by Stanislaw Lem, which revolves around humanity falling prey to illusions of a utopia that doesn't exist. While a notable change of pace for the director, the promise of dazzling visuals and the quest for hidden narratives so excellently realized in "Bashir" are sure to make another appearance here; fans of animation, science fiction, epistemological story or just pure cinematic ingenuity should be excited. In other words, everyone. [Eric Kohn]

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