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June 21, 2012 1:11 PM
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Fall Festival Wishlist: The Films We Hope To See in Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride

James Franco in "Spring Breakers"
"Song for Marion," written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Paul Andrew Williams won the New Director's Award at 2006's Edinburgh Film Festival for "London to Brighton," a crime drama that deals with issues like prostitution and mob violence. His latest project, currently in post-production, chronicles the story of an aged man who becomes involved with a choir after his wife, who was a member, falls ill with cancer. Shot in Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham and other U.K. locations, the film boasts acting legends Terrance Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, with a well-known supporting cast comprising of Gemma Arterton and Christopher Ecclestone.

"Spring Breakers," written and directed by Harmony Korine
We never thought we'd say this, but the next Harmony Korine movie looks like a lot of fun. Perish the thought! The film --  a tale tale of teen bank robbers -- features a bizarre cast of teen celebs (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens!) alongside none other than James Franco.  The Miami production was well-documented, and the pictures actually looked like a lot of fun. One thing's for sure: This should be a big step away from "Trash Humpers."

"Stoker," directed by Park Chan-wook, written by Wentworth Miller
Everyone in Hollywood seems to want to work with Park Chan-wook, the South Korean auteur behind "Oldboy" and the Vengeance trilogy. His next of his two upcoming films will feature Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver and Matthew Goode, in a script written by TV star Wentworth Miller. Not much is known, but it's apparently influenced by Dracula as well as Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt." Count us in.

Thanks for Sharing,” directed by Stuart Blumberg, written by Blumberg and Matt Winston
Sex addiction was the hot topic last fall, when Steve McQueen’s “Shame” hit the Venice-Telluride-Toronto trifecta in 2011. But this directing debut from “The Kids Are All Right” co-writer Stuart Blumberg promises to leaven the darkness with some humor, just as “Kids” took a challenging premise and spun light but poignant fun from its story of lesbian mothers grappling with the sudden intrusion of their children’s sperm donor. Indie stalwarts Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Josh Gad star as the main sex addicts — with Gwyneth Paltrow along for the ride — which surely will help this film take full advantage of its fall festival potential.

"To The Wonder," written and directed by Terrence Malick
It's wise to keep anticipation under control for Malick's three upcoming films in various stages of production. Yes, the master auteur is working more quickly these days, but with his record of five films in approximately forty years it's pointless to rush him. That being said, we'll be first in line when "To The Wonder" bows. It's cast includes Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet. Affleck plays a philandering man who falls hard for a European woman (Kurylenko), but once their marriage deteriorates he reunites with a former flame (McAdams) from his hometown. Bardem's role has been said to be that of a Priest who gives Affleck's character advice. So essentially we have some of our favorite actors working with cinematic magicians Malick and DP Emanuel Lubezki in a film about love. Yes, please. 

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  • KT | June 21, 2012 9:20 PMReply

    Isn't the name of the director of Foxfire Laurent Cantet?

  • Shirl | June 21, 2012 8:30 PMReply

    SO MUCH is made of indie films, of which praise is highly deserved in most cases. Many of them are brilliant. Only problem is they never get a wide release so no one gets to see them on the big screen unless they live in a big city and have access to an art film theatre. Such a damn shame the rest of us have to wait to see these treasures on a TV screen (or computer) via DVD/BlueRay.

  • Terry G | June 21, 2012 7:58 PMReply

    I can't wait to see The Double. Richard Ayoade directing & writing with Avi Korine. Also, I loved Frankenweenie as a short & hope it will premiere at Tiff like Corpse Bride did

  • Pat | June 21, 2012 3:41 PMReply

    You forgot Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children'!
    There have been tweets about advance screenings, and it's slated for October release in Canada, so I think it will get a big push on the festival circuit. (I think this could even open TIFF.)
    Also, fingers crossed for Les Miserables and Ruba Nadda's 'Inescapable'.