Clearly the big news of the day is the 2011 Cannes lineup. And I’ll admit it’s kind of sad getting up in the wee hours to excitedly discover what I won’t be in France to witness. An extraordinarily privileged complaint, but this is an awesome, awesome lineup that no one would want to miss: Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” the Dardenne’s “The Kid With The Bike,” Van Sant’s “Restless,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” (a surprise), Takashi Miike’s “Ichimei” (in 3-D!), Hong Sang-Soo’s “The Day He Arrives,” and the latest from the greatest, Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In.” The best will all head Toronto way anyway, but here’s to anyone going to Cannes: You’re in for a doozy.
Check out this just-released trailer from one of the most unexpected inclusions today, the directorial debut of Aussie filmmaker Julia Leigh, “Sleeping Beauty,” which looks gorgeous and dark and provocative and sure to be a hot topic on the Croisette (and a potentially star making turn for Emily Browning):