"Last of the Unjust"
Director: Claude Lanzmann
Lanzmann's seminal documentary epic "Shoah" remains the definitive cinematic treatment of the Holocaust. However, even its 10-hour running time couldn't encompass every crucial detail of Hitler's botched genocide. In 2011, Lanzmann released the 49-minute "The Karski Report," a lengthy interview with WII resistance fighter Jan Karski, whom Lanzmann interviewed for "Shoah" but only excerpted in brief. Now the director has returned to his original production to give a starring role to another character: Benjamin Murmelstein, an Austrian Jew appointed by Adolf Eichmann to run the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Lanzmann originally interviewed Murmelstein for "Shoah" but never used any of the footage. For "Last of the Unjust," the now-octogenarian Lanzmann deepens the narrative of "Shoah" even further by returning to this footage alongside new material shot around the world. Evading the use of archival footage, Lanzmann's reliance on talking heads is rarely less than gripping, harrowing and an essential means of processing historical memory. Expect no less from his latest work. [Eric Kohn]

"Mood Indigo."
"Mood Indigo."
Director: James Gray
"Two Lovers" helmer James Grey was spotted shooting his latest "Lowlife," with his usual collaborator Joaquin Phoenix early last year, so a Cannes premiere seems extremely likely given the amount of time he's had to finesse his first period film (he also told The Playlist back in December that he hopes to unveil it there -- no surprise really, given his loyal French admirers). In addition to Phoenix, the drama stars Marion Cotillard as a woman immigrating to the U.S. from Poland, whose sister falls ill while sailing to Ellis Island, forcing her to trade sexual favors for medicine to keep her sister alive. Phoenix plays a man who persuades her to turn tricks after arriving in New York. [Nigel M. Smith]

"Mood Indigo"
Director: Michel Gondry
Reminding us of the fanciful scenes in his two written/directed films from the last half of the 2000's, "The Science of Sleep" and "Be Kind Rewind," Michel Gondry's new film, "Mood Indigo" looks like a winner.  The film stars Audrey Tautou as Chloe, a woman who is infected with a water lily in her lungs.  Her lover, Colin (the adorable Romain Duris) must keep her alive by surrounding her with fresh flowers.  Based on the novel "L'Écume des jours" by Boris Vian, the film is set to please fans of the auteur, who has been making short-form content, experimental documentaries, and even a Hollywood film ("The Green Hornet"). [Bryce J. Renninger]

"Monster's University"
Director: Dan Scanlon
Big Hollywood animated films have been a regular fixture at Cannes for a good decade now, from "Up" to "Madagascar 3" to the "Kung Fu Panda" movies. The film most likely to continue that trend this year is "Monsters University" -- Pixar's anticipated prequel to "Monsters, Inc." Set ten years before that film, telling the story of how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) met in college. Its June 21st U.S. release date would make it a nice fit for a Cannes premiere, though it would only be the second Pixar film to do so after "Up" opened the festival in 2009. [Peter Knegt]

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"A Most Wanted Man"
Director: Anton Corbijn
Anton Corbijn, director of “The American” and owner of three Cannes awards for his Joy Divison biography “Control” in 2007, may be back at the festival this year with his latest film “A Most Wanted Man.” Adapted from John le Carre’s espionage thriller of the same name, the film follows a half-Chechen, half-Russian who illegally immigrated to Hamburg and gets tangled in the international war on terror. The film’s impressive cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe. [Erin Whitney]

Director: Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne hasn't been to Cannes since 2002 when he screened "About Schmidt" in competition, but perhaps his follow-up to 2011's "The Descendants" will change that. Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son who trek from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money, Payne was given the script to "Nebraska" (by Bob Nelson) when he was on the set of "About Schmidt." He didn't want to follow-up a road trip movie with another (he was on pre-production for "Sideways"), so he waited until after "The Descendants." Shot in black and white, the film wrapped production in December, definitely making it feasible for Cannes. [Peter Knegt]