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Anticipating Cannes 2011.

13 April 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

While we anxiously await tomorrow morning's announcement of the official lineup for the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, running May 11 through 22, here's a quick roundup of what we know so far.

We might as well begin with today's announcement that Gus Van Sant's Restless will open Un Certain Regard. Given that Van Sant won the Palme d'Or in 2003 for Elephant, it's a respectable choice; frankly, though, the trailer doesn't hold out much promise. Back in October, Lane Brown commented at Vulture that what we have here is a film in which "a ghost-seeing teenage boy (Henry Hopper) falls for a girl (Mia Wasikowska) with a terminal disease. If he'll still be able to date her after she expires, though, then what's the big deal? Pressure's on to make this one dramatic, Van Sant." Emir Kusturica will be presiding over the Un Certain Regard jury, so the pressure's »

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Updated Cannes 2011 Predictions List

13 April 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We're about 36 hours away from Cannes Film Festival's big unveiling of the 2011 line-up and while the Main Comp should bare very little surprises (see the math below), the one title whose status is still a mystery and could break into the 20 or so titles is Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux. Literally translated as "Light After Darkness", Reygadas' semi-autobiographical feature was filmed in cities where the helmer has spent portions of his life: Mexico, England, Spain and Belgium. What this amount to be is the type of film that no pre-festival synopsis will do it justice. If included, I can't wait for that 8:00 in the morning press screening. Earlier this week, Variety threw in Naomi Kawase's name into the mix. Titled Hanezu no Tsuki, her film is set in the Asuka period which was known for its significant artistic, social, and political transformations - we're talking only 500 years A. »

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