In exactly three weeks, the 68th Cannes Film Festival will unveil their official lineup. Major Oscar players have began their journey there including Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night.”
Some official (and unofficial) words on what films will be having their debut at the festival this year in France have already began trickling in. One of the more surprising is “Mad Max: Fury Road” by George Miller, starring Tom Hardy. The summer blockbuster hopeful will premiere out of competition, and hopefully will be able to fare better than past summer films like “The Great Gatsby” that have shown there. It was confirmed today that the film will be shown on May 14. In terms of Oscar, I don’t think any of us were really looking to it outside of a few technical categories.
Also on the docket is Pixar’s “Inside Out” by Pete Docter, which is due out in June. This is the second film that Docter has brought to the festival. His Oscar-winning “Up” premiered in 2009. That won’t be the only animated film to play there. If you listened to last week’s podcast, you may have heard Robert mention “The Little Prince,” a stop-motion picture being distributed by Paramount Pictures. Early word on the film is very high and many are excited to see what it does this year.
Variety is reporting that Woody Allen is likely to return to the festival with his latest “Irrational Man” starring Academy Award nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. This will be a likely contender for Original Screenplay as Allen has proven to be a go-to choice for any AMPAS member.
Rumor has it that Todd Haynes‘ highly anticipated “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson will make its bow before audiences. Haynes brought “Velvet Goldmine” to Cannes back in 1998. The film went on to be nominated for Costume Design at the Oscars.
One of the presumed Oscar frontrunners “Sea of Trees” by Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant (my most anticipated film of the year) is said to be having its premiere there. The film stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar-nominee Ken Watanabe, in a story about suicide, loss, and redemption. The film is still without a U.S. distributor but will surely get picked up soon enough (if the reviews are decent).
Other rumors circling the rounds include Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” an adaptation of the novel by Amos Oz. Denis Villenueve has “Sicario” with Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro. The film is due out in September. Jeff Nichols will likely return with “Midnight Special” after receiving outstanding notices for “Mud” and “Take Shelter.”
Focus Features will have a multitude of contenders this year and we’re hoping that Sarah Gavron‘s anticipated “Suffragette” starring Carey Mulligan will finally have its big debut. Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of “Dogtooth,” has “The Lobster” with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which could make an appearance.
I wouldn’t hold your breath for anything like Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant” or Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea.” Both are said not to be completed yet as is the same with Sean Penn’s “The Last Face” with Charlize Theron and “The Childhood of a Leader” with Berenice Bejo and Robert Pattinson.
Right before Cannes begins, we’ll have the Tribeca Film Festival offering up the likes of “Mojave” by William Monahan and “Anesthesia” by Tim Blake Nelson.
The Cannes Film Festival will take place on May 13 until May 24.