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March 21, 2013 11:49 AM
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Cannes Wish List: 40 Films We Hope Make The Festival's 2013 Lineup


"Snowpiercer"
Director: Bong Joon-ho
With a late summer release via The Weinstein Company rumored to be in the cards, a Cannes premiere seems all but assured for "Snowpiercer," "The Host" director Bong Joon-Ho's first foray into English language filmmaking. Set in a grimy future and adapted from the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," "Snowpiercer" boasts an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Octavia Spencer to tell a story about a group of post-apocalyptic survivors struggling to stay alive as a revolt brews. [Nigel M. Smith]

"Under the Skin"
"Twelve Years a Slave"
Director: Steve McQueen
British director Steve McQueen first gained serious critical acclaim in 2007 for his tense prison drama "Hunger," which he followed up with the 2011 drama "Shame," an unnerving portrait of sex addiction. Here, he adapts Solomon Northup's remarkable account of being kidnapped and sold into slavery for a dozen years in the middle of the 19th century. The material is inherently suspenseful and harrowing, since Northup provides a detailed account of slavery's brutal nature in the Deep South. But it's Fassbender's penchant for creating disquieting atmosphere that's well positioned to make this spectacular survival tale come to life and possibly provide one of the more accurate recreations of slavery life in America. (Take that, "Django Unchained.") It also could provide a bigger showcase for Ejiofor, a great underrated character actor. [Eric Kohn]

"Under The Skin"
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“Sexy Beast” director Jonathan Glazer has kept up waiting for far too long since his last film “Birth” in 2003, yet “Under Your Skin” seems like it will satiate with its bizarre story. Based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name the film follows Scarlett Johansson as an alien sent to Earth to pick up careless hitchhikers to feed her alien population back home. Not much else is known of the film, but creepy alien abductions in Scotland and Glazer’s long absence from screens make it a hopeful contender for Cannes. [Erin Whitney]

"Venus in Fur"
Director: Roman Polanski
Though we know Roman Polanski isn't crossing the pond to catch shows on Broadway, his last two films have come from the Great White Way.  Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage," the source of Polanski's last film "Carnage" (2011) was, of course, a French play before it debuted on Broadway in 2009.  This time, Polanski has adapted "Venus in Fur," the two-person play from playwright David Ives, which debuted on Broadway in 2011.  The film, shot in French, focuses on a man who is directing an adaptation of "Venus in Furs," written by Austrian writer Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch (from whose name the term "masochism" comes).  After seeing a series of lackluster actresses audition for the lead role, the director finds the perfect woman.  Once she auditions, though, she's in control.  The film will star Mathieu Amalric and Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner [Bryce J. Renninger]

"The Young and Prodigious Spivet"
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
It’s been awhile since we’ve been invited into the vivid, eccentric mind of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, loved for films such as “Amelie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” and “Delicatessen.” The latest from the French director, “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” appears to have just the right amount of quirky oddity, following a 12-year-old Montana mapmaker who hitchhikes by freight train to accept an award in Washington D.C. Based on Reif Larson’s book “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet,” the 3D film stars newcomer Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Robert Maillet. While it may not be completed in time to make our Cannes wish come true, we can bet that Jeunet’s vision in 3D is something not to be missed. [Erin Whitney]

"The Zero Theorem"
Director: Terry Gilliam
Well, the cast is chock full of interesting actors (Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and Melanie Laurent, among others), and Gilliam is a master of the cinematic bizarre, so this story of a computer hacker trying to discover the reason for human existence while dealing with the constant obstacles thrown in his way should at least engage the mind. But really, the nature of “Zero Theorem,” from first-time screenwriter and university professor Pat Rushin, remains a total mystery. Gilliam may have a spotty record with audiences, but curiosity about that mystery and how it unfolds is its biggest selling point. It finished shooting in December.


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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..