The fall film festival season is starting to take shape, with more than a few titles that are making me salivate. Film for film, Cannes’s world premieres usually surpass what’s available in the fall, but here’s a list of seven movies that I hope will live up to the daring and reputation of their directors’ previous work. According to today’s Variety, the following are in the running for Venice and probably Toronto:
“Life During Wartime” — Todd Solondz’s sequel of sorts to 1998’s “Happiness,” with Charlotte Rampling and Ciaran Hinds.
“Persecution” — a love triangle drama from Patrice Chereau (his “Intimacy” remains one of my faves), starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Romain Duris.
“Pepperminta” — the debut film of music video maven and Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist.
“Women Without Men” — Iranian video artist Shirin Neshat’s long in the works feature debut, which was developed for a few years at the Sundance Filmmaker Labs.
“White Material” — Just a year after pleasantly surprising fall fest-goers with “35 Shots of Rum,” Claire Denis is back with a Cameroon-set drama starring Isabelle Huppert and Christophe Lambert.
“The Warrior and the Wolf” — Tian Zhuangzhuang (“The Blue Kite,” “Springtime in a Smalltown”) delivers his mainstream Chinese actioner, starring Maggie Q.
“The Road” — “The Proposition” director John Hillcoat’s long delayed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.