After Cannes’ opening night film announcement come the prognostications. New ones from Ang Lee, Ken Loach, Todd Solondz, and Pedro Almodovar are on expected.
Here’s indieWIRE’s extensive wish-list:
Based entirely on speculation and anticipation, among the biggest names on our current Cannes Film Festival wish list are Jane Campion with her new biopic about John Keats, “Bright Star,” Ken Loach and his comedy about French soccer star Eric Cantona, “Looking for Eric,” Todd Solondz’s long awaited “sequel” to “Happiness,” “Forgiveness,” and Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon.”
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s:
The official announcement from Thierry Fremaux and his team regarding what’s in store for the annual cinephile and industry gathering won’t take place for another three weeks. But filmmakers, execs and sales agents are already buzzing about what will unspool at the festival.
The consensus: a slate that mixes auteur fare and star-driven pics, though one that’s a little light on high-profile American titles.
Along with breaking the Tarantino news, Variety says a doc on Fellini’s “La dolce vita” will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s world preem.
And Variety’s HAL has an interesting item on Philippe Mora and Lutz Becker’s controversial doc “Swashika,” which didn’t go far after its 1973 Cannes preem.
The footage that inspired the fisticuffs came from Eva Braun’s color home movies of Adolf Hitler playing with children at his home in Obersalzberg. In an email to Variety, Mora writes, “Of course, the whole point of the film was that Hitler was a human being and if we didn’t recognize that, we would not see the next one coming.” (He also says that German “distributors claimed, among other things that it was anti-German.”)
Steven Zeitchik says the Heath Ledger’s last film may be slotted:
The film, which looks at a traveling carnival that gives patrons more than they bargain for, is supposed to be rife with the usual Gilliam head-trippiness, with Ledger playing a shapeshifting character said to make “The Joker” look like an accountant.