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


"Gravity."
"Gravity"

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Certainly one of the most anticipated films of the year, Alfonso Cuarón's $80 million-budgeted 3D space film "Gravity" would be a huge catch for Cannes and high atop the to see list of everyone attending. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as surviving astronauts in a damaged space station, the film's October release date is much more suggestive of Venice and/or Toronto -- but this is a wish list. [Peter Knegt]

"The Great Beauty"
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Paolo Sorrentino (“Il Divo,” “The Must Be the Place”) is quite the familiar face around Cannes, having been nominated for four Palme d’Or awards and winning two others. His next film “The Great Beauty,” will most likely bring the Italian director back to the festival this year as it stars “Il Divo”’s Toni Servillo and features a cameo by Angelina Jolie. The film centers on an aging Fellini-esque journalist in modern day Rome struggling to recollect his lost youth. [Erin Whitney]

"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
The Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” left us hooked with its first trailer, ending just as Oscar Isaac’s folk musician title character opened his mouth to sing. Loosely based on the story of New York folk singer Dave Von Ronk, “Llewyn Davis” explores the music scene of 1960s Greenwich Village and follows one eager singer trying to make it big with only a guitar and an orange cat. With a great cast, including Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake (of course), John Goodman, and Garrett Hedlund, and the Coens’ frequent Cannes presence (“No Country For Old Men,” “Fargo,” and Palme d’Or winning “Barton Fink”) “Llewyn Davis” is an ideal fit for this year’s festival lineup. [Erin Whitney]

"Jimmy Picard"
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
French director Desplechin is a Cannes regular whose sophisticated character-driven stories tend to blend comedy and drama in innovative ways. His last feature, 2008's ensemble piece "A Christmas Tale," firmly established him as one of the most sophisticated narrative filmmakers working today. "Jimmy Picard" finds Desplechin tackling ambitious material even by his standards, as it stars Benicia del Toro as a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation sent home during WWII for medical problems. The majority of the movie allegedly revolves around Picard's relationship with the psychoanalyst assigned to treat him, played by Desplechin regular (and Cannes fixture) Mathieu Almaric. It's been a while since both actors have delivered strong roles in material able to match them -- so this team-up holds plenty of promise. [Eric Kohn]

"Knight of Cups" and/or Untitled Film Formerly Known as "Lawless"
Director: Terrence Malick
Breaking his usual 10-year-hiatus custom, Terrence Malick has been relatively downright prolific as of late. The mysterious filmmaker -- who’s only released five films over his 40-year career -- surprised and thrilled us all when he began working on three new films after his 2010 Palme d’Or winning “The Tree of Life. While the first of these, “To the Wonder,” will have its limited released next month after premiering in Venice last year, the even more secretive “Knight of Cups” and unofficially titled "Lawless" are expected to follow (likely in that order, though they seemed to be shot simultaneously). Collectively, the films star -- if they don't get cut, at least -- Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman (in both), Christian Bale (also in both), Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Antonio Banderas.  Whether one or both hit Cannes this year (or maybe next, given he does take a lot of time in the editing room), remains to be seen.   [Erin Whitney]

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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..