A lot of high profile films weren't ready in time for Cannes, including new ones from Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón, Xavier Dolan, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Kelly Reichardt, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Lars von Trier (!). And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
So let the serious speculation begin: Which films will be the mammoths of the fall festival circuit? Here's a list of 50 possibilities, all new movies that haven't played anywhere yet, and that Indiewire's team hopes to see during Telluride, Venice and Toronto (including trailers when available).
"American Hustle" (directed by David O. Russell)
David O. Russell's 1970s true story about two con artists forced to help police bring down the corrupt mayor of New Jersey is on everyone's radar for two reasons: "Silver Linings Playbook" and Bradley Cooper's funky new 'do. Last year's Russell-helmed Best Picture nominee debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, making the Canadian festival the frontrunner for the "American Hustle" premiere. Both films have a Christmas Day release (that’s when "SLP" went wide), and you better believe "American Hustle" hopes to duplicate the box office and awards runs of "SLP." [Ben Travers]
"Amour Fou" (directed by Jessica Hausner)
"Amour Fou" is inspired by the life and death of the German poet, dramatist and philosopher Heinrich von Kleist and his death in a double suicide with his lover Henriette Vogel. The film addresses the "ambivalence and absurdity inherent in the very concept of two people committing suicide because of their love for one another." Christian Friedel and Birte Schnölik star as Henrich and Henriette. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner, it seems like a good bet for Venice (where her previous film, "Lourdes," premiered). [Madeline Raynor]
"August Osage County" (directed by John Wells)
Nothing coming out this fall screams Oscar quite like "August: Osage County." Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts (who wrote the screenplay as well), the film stars none other than Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as an extremely dysfunctional mother and daughter (alongside Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin as other members of the family)). Though unless distributor the Weinstein Company is really confident festival reviews will be stellar, they might want to hold it off the circuit and wait to gather anticipation until its November release. But since this is a wishlist... [Peter Knegt]
"The Dallas Buyers Club" (directed by Jean-Marc Vallée)
Considering how few major American narrative films have tackled HIV/AIDS history -- especially in the past decade -- it's a little unnerving on the surface to see one finally arrive that tackles the epidemic, and from the perspective of a womanizing, homophobic man who, in 1986, was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS. The real-life story sees him come to terms with his homophobia through his experiences smuggling alternative medicine with an HIV positive transexual woman (played by Jared Leto) -- which could prove a bit trying if it overdoes a tolerance theme. But the director (Quebec's Jean-Marc Vallée, who made "C.R.A.Z.Y."), and the cast (Matthew McConaughey plays the lead) are promising enough to make us have hope this doesn't turn into a "Philadelphia" for the 2010s. And given the director's nationality and its award season hopes, we'll likely find out for sure in Toronto [Peter Knegt]