2013 Cannes Film Festival Preview and Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies

Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list.

If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, the Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week selections, Midnight Screenings, Special Screenings, Short Films and the Cinefondation Selection. Of all those films I've put together a list of ten I'm most looking forward to seeing, but as with any list of this sort, it's nearly impossible to stop at ten. In fact, there are eleven more in addition to my "top" ten that I'm looking forward to seeing.

The "honorable mentions" include the James Franco-directed adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Sebastian Silva's thriller Magic Magic starring Juno Temple, Michael Cera and Emily Browning, Steven Soderbergh's much-anticipated Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and signifying what could be the filmmaker's final feature film.

I expect Johnnie To's Blind Detective will be my first time seeing one of his films, Alex Van Warmerdam's Borgman looks like something akin to what we've seen from Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) in recent years, Ari Folman's The Congress will be a hot ticket and I'm really excited to see Ryan Coogler's Sundance hit Fruitvale Station.

Rounding out the list of Honorable Mentions is Francois Ozon's Jeune et Jolie, Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P. with Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, Takashi Miike's surprise Competition entry Shield of Straw and Roman Polanski's new film Venus in Fur, which was a hard one to keep out of the top ten.

So, with names like Soderbergh, Polanski, Miike, Folman, Ozon and Desplechin out of the top ten, what's left to be included in the top ten? Yeah, it's either going to be an amazing year in Cannes or a supremely disappointing one. I, for one, remain highly optimistic, especially considering the directors, stars and the variety of films playing the festival this year.

Let's have a look at the ten films I'm most looking forward to seeing over the next couple weeks...

NOTE: Screening time and dates are the first possible opportunity I will have to see these films. A couple of them I may see at a different time depending on potential schedule conflicts. All times listed are Central European Summer Time (CEST) and a tentative schedule of my screenings can be found here.

Only Lovers Left Alive
DIR. Jim Jarmusch

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive

SCREENING: Friday, May 24 at 7:30 PM / 2 hours 3 minutes / In Competition

Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive was the final film added to the Competition and the mere fact the director of Down by Law and Mystery Train is directing a film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston should be enough, but add to the fact Swinton and Hiddleston play a pair of centuries old vampire lovers simply adds to the intrigue.

The film co-stars John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.

Speaking to Vice.com, Jarmusch commented on Jozef van Wissem's contribution to the score saying:

None of the score for Lovers is really written for specific scenes. Jozef wrote quite a few lute pieces for the film, so there will be solo lute pieces as score. Myself, Carter Logan and Shane Stoneback have a band together called Squirrel and we've started adding stuff to what Jozef already gave us. What we'll have is a kind of modular score. Sometimes we'll add to them or even take his lute away to make it a more rock and roll thing. Other times it will be only his lute, or it may be his lute with drums and feedback or just another guitar. Jozef's pieces are the guide and themes throughout the film and then we add and subtract from them. And one of the main characters in the film is a musician, so we'll create his music too.

Here's a listen to a song featuring van Wissem and Jarmusch. Maybe this is a sampling of what the score might sound like.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints
DIR. David Lowery

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Photo: IFC Films

SCREENING: Screening TBA / 1 hour 45 minutes / Critics Week Special Screening

Picked up out of Sundance by IFC Films, I've heard David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints features a strong performance from Rooney Mara and a strong supporting performance from Ben Foster.

The story centers on Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration.

Director of photography Bradford Young won the Cinematography Award at Sundance and the images that have been released so far, suggest for good reason.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    "I can't explain it, but when someone suggested on our podcast that Berenice Bejo was likely the strongest pre-Cannes contender for Best Actress I just started to look closer and closer at this film and now I want to see it more than ever."

    I'm not sure how I feel about this, because if you hate then now I'm responsible for inflating your expectations. Oh dear.

    Anyways, hope you enjoy your time at Cannes and I look forward to your coverage and reviews! I'm mostly looking forward to... well, pretty much all of them. Hopefully they get released over here sooner rather than later.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    even if the movies are disappointing i really hope you have a good time, you deserve it for all the hard work that you do

  • Mykael

    Bon voyage. Have a great time.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Have a great trip. I'm looking forward to all the coverage.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Good shit, Brad! Can't wait for the coverage! Safe travels.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Have a good one, Brad! Really wanted to go myself, but couldn't :( Really looking forward to your reviews, even though I will only read them after I have seen the respective films myself!

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    Have a good trip! I can't wait to read your coverage. The fest sounds incredible.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Good stuff Brad; enjoy!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Can't wait to read your coverage, have a great time Brad!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I'm so excited... and I'm not even going :(

    Most anticipated:

    1). Only God Forgives - I'm kinda bummed to see that it's only 90 minutes. Refn's films tend to be short, but I was hoping for something a little more epic. Still, I'm sure it'll be great.

    2). Behind the Candelabra - I'm a big Soderbergh fan and the idea of a Liberace film staring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon almost sounds too good to be true. Thankfully, I won't have to wait much longer to see it.

    3). Inside Llewyn Davis - The plot description didn't sound very interesting and the trailer was underwhelming. In all likelihood, this will probably turn out to be a lesser Coen brothers film. Having said that, it's still a Coen brothers film, and so it will always have spot on my list.

    4). The Immigrant - The cast is very impressive and while I like James Gray's others films, none of them have wowed me. Perhaps this will be the one.

    5). Blood Ties - I was a big fan of both Guillaume Canet's Tell No One and last year's Little White Lies so naturally, I'm looking forward to this one. Also, the cast is terrific.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints
    All is Lost
    Blue Is the Warmest Color - A 3 hour lesbian romance drama... who isn't looking forward to this !?!?
    The Bling Ring - Seems a bit trivial and minor.
    The Congress
    Only Lovers Left Alive

    Have a good time Brad.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Enjoy your trip Brad, sound like it should be a blast!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Enjoy your trip! I can't wait to read the coverage!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheMovieGuru/ The Movie Guru

    Enjoy your trip, Brad! I'm hoping that I get to Cannes someday and wish that I could see so many of the films including:

    1. The Bling Ring
    2. Nebraska
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Fruitvale Station
    5. Only God Forgives
    6. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
    7. All is Lost
    8. Blood Ties
    9. The Immigrant
    10. Only Lovers Left Alive

  • dslacker

    Lots of good looking films on your list(s). If Johnnie To's Blind Detective lives up to his previous work, it may well blow the other crime films at Cannes out of the water.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    Of those mentioned here I'll be seeing Borgman, The Past and Only God Forgives at the Sydney Film Festival in early June. I wish they'd managed to snag a few more of the Cannes lineup, but they did get my top two.

  • aza124

    Excited for your Brad.

    Looking over at your schedule, there are a few of my anticipated that did not make your early list. I don't exactly know how the screenings work (is there more than one a day etc) but here are 5 more films for you to consider:

    1. Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda ) -- A tender family drama from Japan. I never seen Koreeda films but apparently he specializes in this kind of thing. Early odds said that this might win the main prize since it is right in Spielberg's wheelhouse.

    2. Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche) -- A 3 hour lesbian romance drama with Lea Seydoux. That's a good enough reason there.

    3. The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino) -- I know it's about some old guy walking around but Sorrentino is pretty major in Europe so it should be interesting at least.

    4. The Bastards (dir. Claire Denis) -- I don't know anything about this but Denis is major force so it's kinda strange that this one is not in official competition. Most likely gonna win Un Certain Regard according to early odds.

    5. Seduced and Abandoned (dir. James Toback) -- Documentary about Cannes with Alec Baldwin. Should be fun.

    Just my suggestions. Feel free to take with a grain of salt.

    Have a great festival Brad. Can't wait hear your thoughts on the films !!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Manu/ Manu

    Brad, I remember reading you were attending a screening of The Spectacular Now. is/was that pre/post Cannes?

    Enjoy the festival! I'm incredibly excited to see your reviews for Only God Forgives and Inside Llewyn Davis.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    Very excited to read your reviews Brad. Have a blast. Films playing at Cannes I'm most excited to see are:

    1) Only God Forgives
    2) The Bling Ring
    3) The Congress
    4) All Is Lost
    5) Behind the Candelabra
    6) Fruitvale Station
    7) Inside Llewyn Davis
    8) Only Lovers Left Alive
    9) Nebraska
    10) The Immigrant

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Beautifulm/ Beautifulm

    Have fun Brad :-)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Val/ Val Meyer

    Have a blast and be safe! I will be following your comments on 'The Bling Ring'. Israel B. is my nephew. Hope you enjoy! V

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    I'm very excited! Can't wait to read your reviews.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Looking forward to the coverage Brad!

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    So jealous about Only God Forgives. That is easily one of my most anticipated of the year. As for 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints', I actually caught a screening of it today at SIFF and (not a review) was not very impressed. Foster was good but nothing fantastic. Let's just say there won't even be any award buzz around any performances here.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Can't wait to read your reviews, Brad. Best of luck and have a great time! Wish I could be there myself.

    Only God Forgives is probably the one that I am most excited for. The Bling Ring could be fun too. And how can one not be excited for a vampire film directed by Jim Jarmusch?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    I just watched the trailer for The Past. It looks gripping. I am looking forward to your review, which of course I will only skim until I see it for myself. I cant wait for this one to be released in the states.