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

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 21, 2013 at 11:49AM

Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with almost every country vying for spots in the official selection. But with the official 2013 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little over a month away, Indiewire is offering its annual Cannes wish list.

"The Past"
"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] 

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]

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]

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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