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Cannes Film Festival Includes ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, ‘Only God Forgives’, Roman Polanski, and More!

The prestigious festival includes many debuts from long and first time directors…

2013cannesAs we all wait for the “official” announcement of the films that will be playing at this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival, IndieWire seems to already have the list.  They films will officially start being announced at 11:00am, but with the leaked list at hand, some exciting and head-scratching films will be making their bow.

It was announced weeks ago that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby would be the opening film but it won’t be the only high-profile film at hand.  James Gray’s film “Lowlife” seems to have received a title change to join Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and David O. Russell’s American Hustle as name changes for the week.  The film looks to now be titled The Immigrant and stars Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, and Joaquin Phoenix.

Nicolas Winding Refn will bring his long-awaited Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.  We’ll also get the first words on Joel Coen & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, which is already getting many industry insiders excited at its award chances.

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to his award-winning The Descendants (2011) starring Bruce Dern will have its premiere.  Nebraska, which tells the story about an alcoholic that takes a trip with his estranged son to claim a million dollar prize, has prognosticators interested.

Asghar Farhadi has made himself a director and screenwriter to watch since he nabbed a deserved Original Screenplay nomination for A Separation (2011).  His follow-up The Past starring Academy Award nominee Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim is near the top of must-see films of the year.

Roman Polanski will be back at the Cannes Film Festival with the adaptation of the stage-winning Venus in Fur starring Mathieu Amalric along with James Franco’s directorial debut of As I Lay Dying where he stars alongside Danny McBride.

Closing the festival will be Jerome Salle directed Zulu starring Orlando Bloom and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, which is one of four films Whitaker seems to have lined up for 2013.

The festival will go from May 15 to May 28.  Get ready for lots of speculation and reactions from screenings as they let out in the late spring months.  The full lineup is listed below:

Opening Film
“The Great Gatsby” (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

Official Selection
“Behind The Candelabra” (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
“Borgman” (dir. Alex Van Warmerdam)
“Un Chateau En Italie” (dir. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
“La Grande Bellezza” (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
“Grisgris” (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
“Heli” (dir. Amat Escalante)
“The Immigrant” (dir. James Gray)
“Inside Llewyn Davis” (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
“Jeune Et Jolie” (dir. Francois Ozon)
“Jimmy P” (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
“Michael Kohlhaas” (dir. Arnaud Despallieres)
“Nebraska” (dir. Alexander Payne)
“Only God Forgives” (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
“The Past” (dir. Asghar Farhadi”)
“Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
“Tian Zhu Ding” (dir. Zhangke Jia)
“Venus In Fur” (dir. Roman Polanski)
“La Vie D’Adele” (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
“Wara No Tate” (dir. Takashi Miike)

Out Of Competition
“All Is Lost” (dir. J.C Chandor)
“Blood Ties” (dir. Guillaume Canet)

Un Certain Regard
“Anonymous” (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof)
“As I Lay Dying” (dir. James Franco)
“Bends” (dir. Flora Lau)
“The Bling Ring” (dir. Sofia Coppola)
“Death March” (dir. Adolfo Alix Jr)
“Fruitvale Station” (dir. Ryan Coogler)
“Grand Central” (dir. Rebecca Zlotowski)
“L’Image Manquante” (Rithy Panh)
“L’Inconnu Du Lac” (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
“La Jaula De Oro” (dir. Diego Quemada)
“Miele” (dir. Valeria Golino)
“Norte, Hangganana Ng Kasaysayan” (dir. Lav Diaz)
“Omar” (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
“Les Salauds” (dir. Claire Denis)
“Sarah Prefere La Course” (dir. Chloe Robichaud)

“Blind Detective” (dir. Johnnie To)
“Monsoon Shootout” (dir. Amit Kumar)

Special Screening
“Max Rose” (dir. Daniel Noah)
“Weekend Of A Champion” (dir. Roman Polanski)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (dir. Stephen Frears)
“Stop The Pounding Heart” (dir. Roberto Minervini)
“Seduced & Abandoned” (dir. James Toback)
“Otdat Konci” (dir. Taisia Igumentseva)
“Bombay Talkies” (dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

Closing Film
“Zulu” (dir. Jérôme Salle)


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