An Updated List of Potential 2013 Cannes Film Festival Contenders

Rumored 2013 Cannes Film Festival movies

A couple weeks back I wrote up a post taking a look at the potential films that may play the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Today, Pamela McClintock at The Hollywood Reporter wrote up a piece citing the films she now knows won't be making it into the festival along with a few we may be able to look forward to.

She starts by saying Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, which has already been testing for audiences and acquired by Fox Searchlight for a December release, won't be ready, which is exactly what I feared when that date was announced. She also mentions films I'm not sure anyone was expecting to show up such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and John Wells' August: Osage County.

In addition to other films previously known to be out of the running she adds that Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine won't be making the trip.

Several previously thought contenders do seem to be likely, or at least are being courted by Cannes Film Festival managing director Thierry Fremaux, including Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, Asghar Farhadi's The Past (dir., Alexander Payne's Nebraska and Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives.

The only film I didn't mention previously that looks to stand a chance is Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland.

I have updated my overall list and included it below, removing any titles McClintock mentioned wouldn't be making the trip. The titles listed include potential Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard and Directors' Fortnight possibilities.

I expect the 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup to be announced some time around April 18 so stay tuned. Before then I plan on writing up a top ten list of films I hope make the list as well as more speculation as necessary.

  • Hello Kitty

    Very pleased that Under the Skin maybe a contender, even though ScarJo is starring. One of the best sci fi/horror/satire books I've ever read.

  • G-Man

    Good list. The ones I'm most looking forward to at this point are:

    - The Bling Ring
    - Only God Forgives
    - The Way, Way Back

  • Adu

    Honestly, the only thing that gets me excited on that list is Only God Forgives.

    Fom following the festival news over the years, TIFF always seems to have the best line-up.

  • AS

    Excited about:

    - Only God Forgives
    - Inside Llewyn Davis

    Interested in:

    - The Bling Ring
    - Nebraska

  • andyluvsfilms

    Really looking forward to Only God Forgives, Fruitvale and Inside Llewyn Davis

  • Xarnis

    I'm anticipating: All Is Lost, The Bling Ring, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and Only God Forgives.

  • Chris138

    I am pretty much terrified of anything Jean-Luc Godard has coming up after slogging through Film Socialisme. That was a new low point for a director who hasn't, to me at least, made a good movie in several decades. I get a vibe that Goodbye to Language won't be much different.

    Some good stuff here, though. I'm curious to see Polanski and Refn's new films the most.

  • Criterion10

    Damn, a lot of great titles probably not going to make it this year. Excited for Only God Forgives, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Her.

  • Jake17

    I'm excited for The Bling Ring, Only God Forgives and Inside Llewyn Davis. Under the Skin, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fruitvale and Lowlife also sound intriguing.

  • The Movie Guru

    Not so sure McLintock is right about 12 Years a Slave. It seems that it is finished since it just received an R rating for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.

  • RagingTaxiDriver

    Stoked for:
    - Only God Forgives
    - Her

    Excited for:
    - Inside Llewyn Davis
    - Nebraska
    - The Way, Way Back

    Interested in:
    - The Bling Ring
    - Fruitvale
    - All is Lost

  • JessicaChastained

    Since I'm a fan of Dianna Agron, I am incredibly excited just off early preview talk for what Malavita might bring.
    Interested in all of these, but the ones I'm most excited for are: The Bling Ring, Her, and Nebraska.

  • Rhonda Adam

    Looks like an interesting mix for the festival this year. Any idea when the official line-up will be announced?

  • Grasshopper

    Really excited about:
    All is Lost
    The Bling Ring
    Only god forgives

    Interested in:
    The way, way back
    Inside Llewyn Davis

  • ishar kar

    All for Only God Forgives and I feel that Winding Refn would again be in the contention for some of the main Awards if the film does show

  • Tom Beet

    I hope couple of foreign films would sgow up like A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Anderson), Abuse of Weakness (Catherine Breillat), The Bastards (Claire Denis)