What Movies Will Play at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

The Palais des Festivals
The Palais des Festivals at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
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I am currently putting together my travel plans for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, thanks in large part to donations from readers as we have passed the halfway mark on my $2,500 donation goal, but what exactly will I be seeing at the festival? That's just as important as getting there, if not more so. Well, Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione and Pete Hammond have put together a list of likely candidates.

We already know Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will open the festival and one would expect at least one other high profile Hollywood feature to make it. Last year it was Madagascar 3, which makes me think there may be an Out of Competition screening of Pixar's Monsters University. Unless I'm mistaken, Up is the only other Pixar film to play the festival and it was the first 3-D film to open the fest so why not bring in the second Pixar film to play alongside the second 3-D opener?

Tartaglione and Hammond shoot down the possibility of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness showing up, but is there any chance M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth makes the trip? I see that making an appearance before Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and there really aren't that many other big budget Hollywood films to choose from close enough to the fest's May 15-26 dates that would make much sense. Hell, even those three don't make much sense.

The Deadline crew also shoots down the likelihood of either the Nicole Kidman-led Grace of Monaco and Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac making the trip. Looks like the Cannes organizers avoided having to decide whether to take back Von Trier's persona non grata status for yet another year. And apparently Pedro Almodovar's new comedy I'm So Excited also won't be ready, which is one I feel most were expecting... I was.

The Deadline duo, however, suggest Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring could make an appearance as could Inside Llewyn Davis from Joel and Ethan Coen. Alexander Payne's Nebraska is also named and I fully expect Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave to definitely be there as well as Steven Soderbergh's "Beyond the Candelabra".

Deadline also includes J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost, his follow-up to Margin Call starring Robert Redford. Guillaume Canet's first English-language film, Blood Ties starring Marion Cotillard, Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis is mentioned along with Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, which could mark the director's first time in competition.

Of course, James Gray's Lowlife is among the hopeful's as is Only God Forgives, the highly anticipated Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling reunion following Refn winning the directing Palme d'Or two years ago with Drive.

Spike Jonze's Her starring Joaquin Phoenix is on the list of potentials as is A Separation director, Asghar Farhadi's latest Le Passé starring Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet). They also suggest Roman Polanski's Venus In Fur starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric as a possibility along with Jim Jarmusch's vampire story Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.

Additional potential titles include:

  • You are Here (dir. Matt Weiner)
  • La Granda Belezza (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
  • White Bird in a Blizzard (dir. Gregg Araki)
  • Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Kore-Eda)
  • Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
  • Chavez (dir. Diego Luna)
  • Jimmy Picard (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
  • Goodbye to Language (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Malavita (dir. Luc Besson)
  • The Raid 2 (dir. Gareth Evans)
  • Night Moves (dir. Kelly Reichardt)

In addition to these there always seems to be at least one or two standouts from Sundance that make the fest, typically in the Un Certain Regard selection. This year I imagine films such as Fruitvale and The Way, Way Back having a shot and I wouldn't count out Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine if it's ready in time and the same goes for Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana starring Naomi Watts as the late Princess of Wales.

Clearly the speculation is endless, but I'll do my best to keep you updated on what may be showing so when it comes time for me to see and review the films you will at least have some familiarity and investment.

Stay tuned as there will be much more speculation to come. I expect the Competition line-up will be announced around April 18.

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

    I actually think that 2013 will be a great year for movies. It seems like (at least for me) that the best film years are always odd numbers. 2007, 2009, 2011. I felt like 2011 was stronger than 2012 and 2010.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

      This seems like an assumption Robert De Niro's character from Silver Linings Playbook would make, but I guess I agree 2011 was full of great movies and so was 2009, 2007 was overrated though.

    • Amanda

      2011 was a great year! Hugo, The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Drive, Tinker taylor soldier spy, the descendants, Melancholia...For me it was one of the best since 2008.
      IMO 2012 is one of the worst. Just look at this year's Oscars; An 8 year old nominee, a weird foreign movie list of nominee, an obscure & overrated Austrian filmmaker nominee, a supporting character for best actress & Jacky Weaver.

      • Anna

        I cant argue with you about Haneke being overrated(its a personal opinion ) but hes not obscure at all !

        And about the years I think 2012 was a pretty Good one (moonrise kingdom,SLP,zero dark thirty,Lincoln,Django ,and others ...)

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      I think, on the whole, 2012 was superior to 2011, though 2011 certainly offered up some great films.

      2011 saw the releases of Midnight in Paris, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball, and 50/50, while 2012 had Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, and Moonrise Kingdom -- I love each of these films, but once I get past film five or six on my annual top ten list for each year, it becomes clear to me that 2012 was stronger.

      Here are my Top Tens for 2011 and 2012, in order from #1 to #10:
      2011: Midnight in Paris, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball, 50/50, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love, Winnie the Pooh, The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo
      2012: Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, Django Unchained, The Intouchables, Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, 21 Jump Street, Life of Pi

      Really, I could have ended my 2011 Top Ten at #7, with Winnie the Pooh, and I would have been fine with that list. But when it came time to make my list for 2012, I had a list of 13 or 14 films that felt near impossible to trim down. Obviously, personal preferences abound, but I certainly think 2012 was a stronger year for film than 2011.

      And I, too, think 2010 was perhaps the strongest year for film in recent memory, especially when you look at the Best Picture field. There you have Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, and True Grit, each of which I consider great, compared to 2009 where I really only felt 3 of the films nominated for Best Picture (The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, and Up) were worthy of such a title.

      Again, personal preferences abound, but I'm not of the belief that the odd-numbered years recently (2009, 2011) have been better than the even-numbered years (2010, 2012). To each one's own, though, not like I have a bone to pick. Just spouting my two cents!

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

        I really didn't have much passion for the films of 2012, out of the ones you listed for 2012 the ones I liked the best were Skyfall and Wreck it Ralph. I wasn't really referring to Oscars when I mentioned years. I felt like 2012 was the weakest year this decade.

        2011-Tree of Life, Shame, Attack the Block, Melancholia, Drive, Pariah, Midnight in Paris. For me, it seems like I always enjoy odd-numbered years of film more than even ones.

        • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

          My use of the Best Picture nominees is just for example's sake, not saying those are truly the best films of their respective years. And as I said, everyone has their preferences -- since film is, by nature, subjective and completely open to interpretation -- mine just happen to lead me to prefer the films of 2012 to those of 2011, on the whole. 2012 just feels a deeper field, I guess.

          As for 2011, I still haven't seen Attack the Block (haven't gotten around to it) or Melancholia (not all that interested), but I am still a bit befuddled by the acclaim for The Tree of Life. It boasts pretty pictures and good-looking talent, but I feel like Malick often tries to say more by saying less, and here it just didn't work for me, though I am also one who doesn't much care for Days of Heaven as well. The film just felt empty to me.

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

            Yes it is all subjective and who knows at the beginning of the year everything looks good on paper.lol

    • Connor420

      I'm gonna have to disagree with you when you say 2011 was better than 2012. Last year, people bought way more tickets than they did in 2011, and had better movies, like Django Unchhained, Silver Lnings Playbook, Looper, Zero Dark Thirty, etc.. I was seeing more movies last year. And so far, there hasn't been anything good out yet this year. Only movies I have seen this year are Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook, which were from last year. There were better movies last year.

      • Beautifulm

        Well, I wasn't crazy about Silver Linings Playbook. As it was mentioned earlier it's all subjective. I definitely wouldn't judge the quality of films on Box Office, if so Avatar and Titanic would be the best movies ever! There really aren't that many gems throughout the months of Jan-Mar of any given year either. It seems like those are the dumping grounds of movies. Besides I was really talking about my own personal feelings. I look forward to the Cannes List.

    • dslacker

      Got to give some love to the best film year in decades - 1999. A very odd year.

  • TelmoDias

    i'm so excited by almodovar is more than ready! It has premiered this week in cinemas in spain!

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

    Hopefully Twelve Years a Slave makes it. Really anticipating that one. I'd also be interested to see Godard's Goodbye to Language make it, as that will be the director's foray into 3D.

    And I believe that Nymphomaniac simply won't be finished in time, not that Cannes refuses to let Von Trier back to the festival. That was the report according to a few sources at least.

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

    "following Refn winning the directing Palme d'Or two years ago with Drive." Do they call the wins in the individual categories Palme d'Or as well? I thought that title was just reserved for Best Picture.

    I'm most interested in hearing about The Nymphomaniac, 12 Years a Slave and Behind the Candelabra (since I refuse to read any reviews for Only God Forgives).

    But I love that we've now gotten to the point where films like Star Trek 2, Man of Steel and After Earth are being discussed as possibilities. Too funny.

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

      They have Film, Director, Actor and Actress awards in the main competition. As Randall said, TTOL won the Palme d'Or in 2011. Refn took Director, and Dunst and Dujardin took home acting awards.

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

        I know, but Brad referred to the award Refn won as "the directing Palme d'Or."

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

          I think Brad is mistaken. The Directing award is called the Prix de la mise en scene

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

          Ah, yeah, you're right. Didn't notice that before. Travis is right about the name of the award for directors.

  • Amanda

    James Gray co-wrote Blood Ties & wrote Lowlife alone, if they both make it, it would be a great show of support for his work. I have the feeling that it might finally be his breakthrough year. I feel like critics are ready to fully support him & he enjoys a strong reputation inside the industry.

    Lowlife could be his masterpiece with a great director, an original screenplay, an outstanding cast & an incredible cinematographer.
    Oh and Cotillard would have two movies in competition too, that's great because she's always very impressive but most of all she has never been in one single bad movie, like never.

    Something pretty big seems to be happening around Lowlife.
    Why on earth James Gray would let Havey Weinstein buy his movies after what happened with two lovers? Harvey must've been very convincing & very interested in the movie. Or the fact that it's the only movie kept by the Weinsteins that doesn't have a release date.

    • Emma

      I think lowlife will be his masterpiece too, like There Will Be Blood for P.T.Anderson. Can't wait to see this movie, great cast, Darius Kondji as cinematographer.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    The Tree of Life won the Palme d'or, Drive won for best director.

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

    I'm very interested in All Is Lost. J.C. Chandor showed great directing and screenwriting chops with Margin Call.
    I'm also hoping Only God Forgives, 12 Years A Slave, The Bling Ring, and Nebraska make it in as well.

  • Mike

    I will probably make Cannes 2013 as well, I'm staying until May 9th just 11 hours drive from the place. Hotels around La Croisette seem a bit too pricey for my taste, however, so I'll probably make a daily commute to Cannes from Toulon during the festival.

    Not to turn this into the Rope of TMZ, but interesting to see which A-list movie stars make the town this year. Last year Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson,Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Bruce Willis were all there.

    Brad, are you planning on making interviews with the filmmakers / movie stars, and/or attending the press conferences (in addition to going to the screenings)? Would be magnificent to see RoS video from Cannes.

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

    looks like we have some great films coming out this year, i also hope we have more amazing documentaries like we did in 2012 too, Sugarman was easily in my top five films and im sure there will be lots of hidden gems like Woodsman and the Rain to look forward to too #hurrah

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

    Really looking forward to The Great Gatsby, Lowlife and Chavez I hope it leads to a nomination for Michael Pena

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

    I am a fan of Jim Jarmusch films, I hope Only Lovers Left Alive gets in. Only God Forgives and Inside Llweyn Davis are two of my most anticipate films, really excited for those two films.

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.com Gautam

    Also expected to play at Cannes is "Lootera", from unarguably India's most gifted upcoming director Vikramaditya Motwane after the sincerely exceptional Udaan which played at Cannes 2010 in Un Certain Regard . As the stunning looking [with a soul-stirring music] trailer suggests this time he explores the territories of forgone or possibly forbidden love, though actually Lootera is said to be inspired from O Henry's short story "The Last Leaf" which I read as a young boy and remember being completely overwhelmed by it.

    Watch the trailer of the film here ..


  • Dev

    where is LOOTERA.

  • Ashlynn

    Omg Im so excited for lootera. India baby Sonakshi & ranveer <333