What Films Will Show Up at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival?

What Films Will Show Up at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival?

This Thursday, April 17, the complete 2014 Cannes Film Festival line-up will be announced and while this will be my first year since 2010 that I won't be in attendance I still can't help but be curious and excited. We know Grace of Monaco will serve as the opener and have also learned in the last 48 hours Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice won't be in attendance, which eliminates two of the potentially major entrants, but what's left?

It's more or less confirmed David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars will be in the line-up. Other very likely candidates include Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman and The Rover starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. I expect The Rover will be a Director's Fortnight entrant.

Other strong competitors with a larger amount of audience awareness include Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd, The Search from Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall.

Then, of course, you have Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner and Sony Pictures Classics recently set a July 25 release date for Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, which makes it a very likely entrant.

Perhaps Ryan Gosling's How to Catch a Monster, Stephen Frears' Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic or Ryan Murphy's HBO drama The Normal Heart starring Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo and Jonathan Groff.

We already know Party Girl, directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, will open the Un Certain Regard selection, a line-up that pretty much always features a Sundance standout, which, to me, suggests something like Whiplash is likely to show up.

Mathieu Amalric may be on hand with his latest directorial effort The Blue Room and perhaps Olivier Assayas with Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. Zhang Yimou's Coming Home has a chance and The Cut from Fatih Akin starring Tahir Rahim (A Prophet, The Past).

One big question is what "big" films might be in attendance and the list is a short one. Looking at the summer release dates, the best bets are on Maleficent and How to Train Your Dragon 2. I've heard some people suggest X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that seems incredibly unlikely to me.

We'll know soon enough, which films will make the final list and I'll have that list for you early Thursday morning as the press conference announcing the line-up begins at 11 AM CEST / 2 AM PST, this Thursday, April 17. See you then.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    I wonder if the uncut version of Nymphomaniac will somehow make an inclusion.

    • Brodie D.

      But, Cannes is usually for world premieres exclusively, and correct me if I am wrong but, the uncut version of Nymphomaniac already play at Berlin(?).

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

        It very well could show up Out of Competition.

        • Brodie D.

          Oh yeah, didn't think about that.

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

        I think what played at Berlin was the uncut version of Part I. I could be wrong, but I don't believe the uncut Part II has played anywhere yet.

        • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

          You're correct. Maybe Cannes will get Part II or possibly even the whole kit and caboodle.

      • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

        Only Part I played at Berlin (albeit uncut). If I'm not mistaken, Von Trier has still been editing Part II, although I assume he should be done by now...

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

      Heh heh. Nymphomaniac: Uncut. My mind went there. I'm a terrible person.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheJackal/ The Jackal

      that would be a pleasant surprise. fingers crossed

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

    I'm hoping for some strong buzz from The Rover & Foxcatcher.

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

    "Stephen Frears' Untitled Lance Armstrong Project"

    Don't you hate it when a potentially great film gets in the hands of a director who won't know how to handle it? Not saying Frears isn't a good director, but if someone told this story hard R/ a dark and disturbing look at human manipulation, we'd have something special. Now that probably won't happen and we'll get a run of the mill biopic.

  • cinemafreak

    what do you mean when you say, "It's more or less confirmed David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars will be in the line-up."

  • cinemafreak

    Where are you getting this info from?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      The ether.

      • andyluvsfilms

        Good site that one.

      • cinemafreak

        ah. Ok. A friend of mine is in it and was wondering.

  • andyluvsfilms

    There's bound to be lots of surprises but i am looking forward to hearing about Foxcatcher, Mommy and Maps To The Stars.

  • http://filmemignon.blogspot.com/ Corbin

    Foxcatcher is the one I'm most interested in from these potentials.

  • Xarnis

    I really hope to see Foxcatcher in the lineup, easily one of my most anticipated of the year.

    I'll also be very happy to see Map to the Stars up there, love me some Cronenberg.

  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin Gorski

    I'm most excited to see how good Foxcatcher turns out being. Was one of my most anticipated films of last year before it got moved.

  • Quin

    Help me... What's Directors Fortnight Entrant and how is it different than In Competition? Inquiring minds.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/leaves312/ leaves312

      Cannes has two competition selections and a few sidebars (events that take place during Cannes that aren't run by Cannes). If you're in competition in Cannes you're either in the Main competition (big films, big directors) or Un Certain Regard (up and coming directors/out there directors). Director's fortnight is one of the sidebars as is Critic's Week (they only take first and second time directors).

  • Sam

    I think Nuri Bilge's "Winter Sleep" and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" and "Words With Gods" could make it to the line-up as well

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheJackal/ The Jackal

    Brad Brevet, while I am quite aware of the reputation of the French at Canne and their penchant for heckling films which displease them, I was curious if that reputation extends to the "out of competition" blockbuster films? Do they boooo Marvel along with Von Trier?

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

    I liked your past coverage of Cannes, Brad, and I'm sorry you aren't going this year. Will you have a colleague covering Cannes for you? And will you be able to go to TIFF this year?

  • Sheva_1

    Why is not "On the Road" included??