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

"Night Moves"
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Reichardt has repeatedly delivered some of the most thoughtful American independent films in recent years, starting with the career-rejuvenating "Old Joy," which followed with "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff." Each movie starts with rather basic scenarios -- a weekend getaway, a missing dog, a minimalist western -- and develops them into profound explorations of personal yearning. While Reichardt has repeatedly worked with Michelle Williams, the trio of big names associated with this particular project certainly attest to her current clout, while the premise  about a trio of environmentalists planning to blow up a bomb sounds exactly like the simple plots that Reichardt always manages to infuse with new life. Additionally, her films tend to be attuned to the relationship between man and nature, so the theme is a familiar one for fans of oeuvre. [Eric Kohn]

"Only God Forgives"
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
After “Drive”’s Cannes Best Director win and Palme d’Or nomination in 2011 there’s no doubt that “Only God Forgives,” the upcoming crime thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling, should be at this year’s festival. This time around Gosling plays a gangster who runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok on a mission to find his brother’s murder, as per his mother’s request, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is rumored to be even more violent than the blood-squirting, razor-slicing “Drive,” and from the looks of the teaser trailer and knowing Refn’s knack for brutal violence, “Only God Forgives” will definitely surpass expectations. [Erin Whitney]

"Only Lovers Left Alive"
"Only Lovers Left Alive"
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Vampires and Cannes may not seem like the most compatible duo, especially with the seemingly endless blood-sucker craze in recent years. Yet when you throw Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt into the mix the trite horror sub-genre feels refreshingly revamped. Jarmusch has managed to keep “Only Lovers are Left” under wraps--or should we say out of the sunlight--describing it as a vampire romance that follows Tom Hiddleston’s Adam, a depressed underground musician. Adam finds bliss in reuniting with his centuries-old lover Eve (Swinton), but the newfound happiness fades when her unruly sister (Mia Wasikowska) intervenes. The curiosity amounts as we anxiously await Swinton’s bloody vampire fangs to grace the Cannes screens. [Erin Whitney]

"Panda Eyes"
Director: Isabel Coixet
Isabel Coixet’s “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 2009, but didn’t garner much attention thereafter. The Spanish director, also known for 2008’s “Elegy” and 2005’s “The Secret Life of Words,” may just get her Cannes chance again with her latest film “Panda Eyes.” The thriller, which Coixet has said was inspired by “The Ring” and is based on Cathy MacPhail’s novel “Another Me,” stars Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Claire Forlani, Rhys Ifans, and Geraldine Chaplin. [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..