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With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.
Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
It was just over a year ago when we exclusively revealed that Marion Cotillard would be taking the lead role in the next film from the talented Belgian duo of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Following up The Kid with a Bike, we’ve now got the first images from the highly anticipated Deux Jours, Une Nuit (translated to Two Days, One Night). [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Deux jours, une nuit (Two days, One night)
U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects
The Dardennes might have dropped “working” with kids, but are still obsessed with the “working” class. As was the case with Cécile De France (The Kid with a Bike), the brothers will do what they do best, straddle their viewers in and make their a-list starlet (Marion Cotillard) dissappear into her character. Two days, One night is what Cannes dreams are made of.
Gist: The film follows 30-year old Sandra (Cotillard) and her husband (Rongione) on their hunt across the city for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.
Release Date: Production began in June of last year, so this will receive a red carpet Main Comp showing »
- Eric Lavallee
Acclaimed French scribe/helmer Regis Wargnier, who’s best known for his Oscar-winning “Indochine,” has teamed up with Sidonie Dumas’ Gaumont and Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to bring Francois Bizot’s bestselling autobiographical novel “The Gate” to the big screen.
The French studio is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute in France. Jean Cottin and Laurent Taieb at Les Films du Cap are producing with Genevieve Lemal at Scope Pictures and Rithy Panh at Bophana Prod..
The epic autobiographical drama features a strong French cast including Raphael Personnaz, who just won a Lumiere nod (Gaul’s equivalent to the Golden Globes) for his performance in Bertrand Tavernier’s “Quai d’Orsay,” and Olivier Gourmet (“The Kid With A Bike”).
“The Gate” stars Personnaz as a French ethnologist, Bizot, who was imprisoned in the Cambodian jungle by the tyrannical Khmer Rouge in 1971. For four months, Bizot was chained up and relentlessly interrogated by Douch, »
- Elsa Keslassy
5 items from 2014
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