On Thursday the line-up for the 67th Cannes Film Festival was announced. Scheduled to be held from the 14 to 25 May 2014, New Zealand director Jane Campion heads the jury for the main competition section.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep) is not a stranger to Cannes glory, winning Best Director at the 2008 festival for Three Monkeys and the Grand Prix at both the 2002 and 2011 festivals for Uzak and Once Upon A Time in Anatolia.
David Cronenberg’s Map To The Stars stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon and is the second straight Cannes premiere (Cosmopolis was met with divisive opinion in 2012).
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne own the Cannes Film Festival. They have won the Palme d’Or twice (in 1999 for Rosetta, and The Child in 2005), but they also won Best Screenplay in 2008 for Lorna’s Silence. Their last Cannes entry, The Kid With A Bike, shared the Grand Prix with Once Upon A Time In Anatolia. Two Days, One Night, which stars Marion Cotillard, tells the story of a woman who together with her husband tries to convince her colleagues to renounce their annual bonuses in order for her to keep her job.
Xavier Dolan, at a ridiculously young 25 years of age, has just completed his fifth feature film. Mommy marks his first appearance in the Official Competition. The film stars Anne Dorval as Diane Després, a widowed mother who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled, sometimes violent son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) as a single parent, who begins to receive assistance and support from her mysterious new neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clement). His last Cannes entry, Laurence Anyways won the Queer Palm and Best Actress (Suzanne Clement) in the Un Certain Regard section.
This year marks the return of some well-respected veterans. 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard’s 39th feature film, Goodbye to Language, was one of the more curious selections. It is just 70 minutes long, and shot in 3D. 71-year-old Mike Leigh reunites with Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville for Mr. Turner, concerning the life and career of British artist J. M. W Turner. Leigh won the Palme d’Or in 1996 for Secrets and Lies. 77-year-old Ken Loach has been shortlisted for the Palme d’Or a dozen times. He won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Jimmy’s Hall concerns the deportation to the United States of Jimmy Gralton, a 1930s Irish political activist.
Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) reunites with Berenice Bejo for The Search, a remake of the 1948 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. Tommy Lee Jones, whose directorial debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada picked by Best Actor (for Jones) and Best Screenplay at the 2005 festival, returns with The Homesman.
Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell, has been a long time coming. Originally scheduled for a 2013 release, it was held back. Miller’s two previous films, Moneyball and Capote were both nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, so any new project would be anticipated. But the film’s plot - the story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Shultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John Du Pont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Shultz - is enticing.
Two female directors have films selected for Competition – Naomi Kawase (Still the Water) and Alice Rohrwacher (Le Meraviglie). I really liked Rohrwacher’s last film Corpo Celeste, which screened in the Director’s Fortnight in 2011.
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, starring Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes, will premiere in the Un Certain Regard section.
Representing Australia are Rolf De Heer, whose film Charlie’s Country is competing in the Un Certain Regard Section, and David Michod, whose highly-anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, The Rover, is one of the midnight screenings. That makes two films starring Robert Pattinson screening at Cannes (the other being the Cronenberg).
“Grace of Monaco” by Olivier Dahan
“Sils Maria” by Oliver Assayas
“Saint Laurent” by Bertrand Bonello
“Kis Uykusu” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Maps To The Stars” by David Cronenberg
“Deux Jours, Une Nuit” by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne
“Mommy” by Xavier Dolan
“Captives” by Atom Egoyan
“Adieu Au Langage” by Jean-Luc Godard
“The Search” by Michel Hazanavicius
“The Homesman” by Tommy Lee Jones
“Futatsume No Mado” by Naomi Kawase
“Mr Turner” by Mike Leigh
“Jimmy’s Hall” by Ken Loach
“Foxcatcher” by Bennet Miller
“Le Meraviglie” by Alice Rohrwacher
“Relatos Salvajes” by Damian Szifron
“Leviathan” by Andrey Zvyagintsev
“Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako
“Eau Argentee” by Mohammed Ossama
“Maidan” by Sergei Loznitsa
“Red Army” by Polsky Gabe
“Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la Democratie” by Stephanie Valloatto
“Les Ponts de Sarajevo” by Film Chorale
“The Rover” by David Michod
“The Salvation” by Kristian Levring
“Pyo Jeok” by Chang
Un Certain Regard:
“Jauja” by Lisandro Alonso
“La Chambre Bleue” by Matthieu Amalric
“Incompresa” by Asia Argento
“Titli” by Kanu Behl
“Eleanor Rigby” by Ned Benson
“Bird People” by Pascale Ferran
“Lost River” by Ryan Gosling
“Amour Fou” by Jessica Hausner
“Charlie’s Country” by Rolf de Heer
“Snow In Paradise” by Andrew Hulme
“Dohee-Ya” by July Jung
“Xenia” by Panos Koutras
“Run” by Philippe Lacote
“Turist” by Ruben Ostlund
“Hermosa Juventud” by Jaime Rosales
“The Salt of the Earth” by Wim Winders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
“Fantasia” by Wang Chao
“Harcheck Mi Headro” by Keren Yedaya
Out of Competition:
“Gui Lai” by Zhang Yimou
“How To Train Your Dragon 2? by Dean Deblois
I am most anticipating Winter Sleep, Two Days, One Night, Mommy, The Search, The Homesman, Foxcatcher and The Rover.
Andrew Buckle - follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22