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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

"The Devil's Knot"
Director: Atom Egoyan
A year after securing financing at Cannes, Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three project "Devil's Knot," should be primed to premiere at the festival with stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in tow. The film, shot last summer in Georgia, is based on Mara Leveritt's 2002 book of the same name and was adapted for the screen by Paul Harris Boardman ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and Scott Derrickson ("Sinister"). Although four well known documentaries have already been made about the murder case ("The Paradise Lost" trilogy and last year's "West of Memphis"), this marks the first major narrative feature to tackle the story. Egoyan's summarized the film's approach to the Wall Street Journal as being focused "on the mother of one of the murdered boys, played by Reese Witherspoon, and the private investigator who worked for the teens' defense team, played by Colin Firth." Whatever the case is, this marks an interesting change of pace for Egoyan, who needs a critical hit following his largely panned sexual thriller "Chloe." [Nigel M. Smith]

"Diana" and/or "Grace of Monaco"
Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Diana"), Olivier Dahan ("Grace")
These dueling tales of contemporary, beloved princesses are both in post-production and one or both could pop up in Cannes (though seem more like Toronto fare). Starring bffs Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman as Princess Diana and Princess Grace, respectively, each film takes on a specific moment in the women's lives. For Diana, its the two years leading up to her untimely death in 1997. For Grace, it's a crisis of marriage and identity during a dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle and a looming French military invasion of the principality in the early 1960s. Of the two, "Grace" seems maybe more likely given it's set only a short train ride from Cannes itself. But given that Harvey Weinstein has set a late December Oscar-bait release date for it, maybe they'd rather wait. [Peter Knegt]

"A Field in England"
Director: Ben Wheatley
Ben Wheatley is one of the most talented filmmakers working in the U.K. today, exploring and challenging genre conventions in the sharp-edged, raucous gangster flick "Down Terrace," the dreamy, unsettling horror film "Kill List" and the black comedy "Sightseers." "A Field In England" sounds like another difficult to categorize feature that will fall into that intriguing intersection of arthouse and midnight film -- a black and white period piece that follows soldiers who flee from an ongoing war only to be captured and forced to help look for a treasure, a task complicated by the fact that the group's accidentally partaken in some hallucinogenic mushrooms. Wheatley reunites here with some actors who've appeared in his past work, including Michael Smiley from "Kill List," and has reportedly built custom lens for the film. "Sightseers" premiered in the Director's Fortnight in 2012, so it wouldn't be at all surprising to see "A Field in England" debut somewhere at Cannes this year. [Alison Wilmore]

"Foxcatcher"
Director: Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller directed the "Speed" Levitch doc "The Cruise" and went on to make the based-on-true-story films "Capote" and "Moneyball" (both nominated for best picture Oscars).  He continues with the streak of fiction films based on true stories with "Foxcatcher," which tells the story of Dave Schultz, an Olympic wrestler that was killed by a member of the duPont family who was also the sponsor of the Foxcatcher private team that Schultz was coaching.  If Miller's earlier fiction work is any indication, we should be in for a gripping work. Though both "Capote" and "Moneyball" waited for the fall festival circuit, so its perhaps more than likely we'll have to wait until then to see. [Bryce J. Renninger]

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..