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March 21, 2013 11:49 AM
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Cannes Wish List: 40 Films We Hope Make The Festival's 2013 Lineup

"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"
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"
"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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17 Comments

  • randy | April 17, 2013 12:34 PMReply

    mood indigo hits french theaters next week so it's not eligible. get your facts straight for god's sake. not to mention the trailer sucks balls. as for the bling ring, who seriously give a damn about this group of girls?

  • Rodrigo de Oliveira | April 15, 2013 7:24 PMReply

    Did you really put a "Solaris" photo standing in for "Gravity"?

  • João Gabriel | April 15, 2013 7:23 PMReply

    So... Tilda Swinton will be there, right? God bless her. <3

  • X Trapnel | April 2, 2013 12:48 PMReply

    "Thus we're not including films basically confirmed not to be heading to Cannes -- like Lars von Trier's The Nymphomaniac..."

    Do we really believe the Von Trier camp when they say it won't be ready? Given how mischievous that gang are, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned up at the eleventh hour.

  • Mastroianni | March 28, 2013 8:27 PMReply

    Mastroianni, per favore.

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  • shen | March 23, 2013 1:24 AMReply

    how about
    "White Bird in a Blizzard," by Gregg Araki
    We Come As Friends by Austrian director Hubert Sauper
    Nine Minutes Interval by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu
    Diary of a Young Boy by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang 蔡明亮
    Blind Detective(盲探)by Chinese director Johnnie To杜琪峰
    Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) by Hirokazu Kore-Eda 是枝裕和
    Grisgris by Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
    L’inconnu du lac by Alain Guiraudie
    Otok ljubavi– Dir. Jasmila Žbanić
    My Family Mythology – Dir. Daniele Luchetti
    Atilla Marcel – Dir. Sylvain Chomet
    中國合夥人 – Dir. 陳可辛
    暑假作業 – Dir. 張作驥

    And also the new films by Lou Ye, Ruben Östlund and Jasmila Žbanić

  • putney swope | March 23, 2013 12:44 AMReply

    Surprised not to see HER or DALLAS BUYERS CLUB on the list.

  • HEYWOOD JABLOMIE | March 21, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    Uh, hello? How about a little ditty called...THE NYMPHOMANIAC???

  • X Trapnel | April 2, 2013 12:49 PM

    Uh, hello? How about reading the bloody article in full before you comment?

  • Indiewire | March 22, 2013 10:36 AM

    Read here: http://www.indiewire.com/article/magnolia-pictures-will-release-lars-von-triers-nymphomaniac-in-the-u-s-likely-wont-be-in-cannes

  • HEYWOOD JABLOMIE | March 21, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    Uh, hello? How about a little ditty called...THE NYMPHOMANIAC???

  • HEYWOOD JABLOMIE | March 21, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    Uh, hello? How about a little ditty called...THE NYMPHOMANIAC???

  • HEYWOOD JABLOMIE | March 21, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    Uh, hello? How about a little ditty called...THE NYMPHOMANIAC???

  • Cedric Succivalli | March 21, 2013 3:15 PMReply

    Dupieux's film will NOT be finished on time. Kechiche's Blue is a Hot Color, on the other hand is a strong possibility worth mentioning and so are Hiner Saleem's AGA and Bruni-Tedeschi's Castle in Italy.

  • Clark | March 21, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Mood Indigo has an April 24 release date in France right now, I think, so it's probably not so likely. Keeping fingers crossed for new Grey and Corbijn though.

  • Carter | March 21, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    Haven't heard anything on Errol Morris' Rumsfeld doc? Hoping that pops up this summer..