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

"The Past"
"The Past"

Director: Asghar Farhadi
While Iranian director Farhadi has been making critically acclaimed movies for a few years, the mesmerizing family drama "A Separation" was the first to bring him global success that culminated with his Academy Award win last year. The newfound attention afforded the director the opportunity for a much bigger production than he had undertaken before along with the opportunity to work outside Iran's borders. "The Past" revolves around the relationship between an Iranian girl and a North African boy in Paris, where the film was shot. The cast is a promising bunch, as it includes both "The Artist" star Bérénice Bejo (who replaced Marion Cotillard) and Tahar Rahim, who memorably played a reformed criminal in "A Prophet." We've seen a million romances in Paris before, but Farhadi's complex look at the ambiguities of communication suggest this one may stand out from the countless clichés. [Eric Kohn] 

"Prisoners"
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve makes his English-language debut in "Prisoners," a crime thriller about a Boston man (Hugh Jackman) who kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend; Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello and Viola Davis round out the impressive cast. Whether it hits Cannes or not (though a festival berth in the fall season is assured if it doesn't), it will be very interesting to see how Villeneuve transitions from his Oscar-nominated French-language "Incendies" to this star-studded Boston thriller. [Peter Knegt]

"Réalité"
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux, the man behind absurdist thriller “Rubber,” about a killer tire, and bizarre comedy “Wrong,” about a man searching for his missing dog, may serve up just the right about of weirdness for Cannes with his latest “Réalité.” The film, which he supposedly shot in secret, stars Alain Chabat as a horror director who must find the perfect scream in 48 hours to get his film produced in time. The cast also includes Élodie Bouchez, Jonathan Lambert, and oddly enough, Jon Heder. The plot may sound a bit milder than Dupieux is known for, but remember to expect the unexpected. [Erin Whitney]

"Serena"
"Serena"
After watching the on screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, we are ready to see the pair bring another story to life.  A departure from the comedic "Silver Linings," "Serena" will have the pair once again in romance but not without betrayal.  Set in 1920's North Carolina, its a story of ambition that follows the couples journey to success in the timber business.  With director Susanne Bier (who could help make this a very female director-friendly Cannes, which would be nice after last year barely had any) at the helm, we are sure this will be a must see. [Cristina Alejandra Gonzalez]  

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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..