Contemplating Potential Cannes Film Festival Showings

Besides The Great Gatsby, plenty of big films will screen…but which ones?

cannesWith the first domino of the Cannes Film Festival having just fallen and The Great Gatsby debuting, why not ponder what else could play at the fest? I’ve done that since the announcement, and while it’s truly a fool’s errand to try to accurately predict what will actually unspool at Cannes, I’ve opted to take a crack at it anyway. It’s something I actually do every year around this time. It’ll be a bit until the official word comes down on what movies are tapped, but until then we can play the guessing game while hoping that an Oscar player winds up making a grand entrance over in France. With that in mind, here’s what I’ve come up with…

First of all, there apparently will be no debuting of Pedro Almodovar’s new movie I’m So Excited or Lars Von Trier’s potentially pornographic Nymphomaniac, so I haven’t included them in the list below. Instead, here are ten films that have decently good odds of winding up at Cannes. Behold:

Here’s what I’m thinking, in alphabetical order:

  • All Is Lost (directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford)
  • The Bling Ring (directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson)
  • Goodbye To Language (directed by the legendaryJean-Luc Godard)
  • Inside Llewelyn Davis (written by the Coen Brothers and starring Oscar Isaac)
  • Lowlife (directed by James Gray and starring Marion Cotillard)
  • Nebraska (directed by Alexander Payne and starring Bruce Dern)
  • Only God Forgives (directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Tilda Swinton)
  • The Past (directed by AsgharFarhadi and starring BéréniceBejo)
  • Twelve Years a Slave (directed by Steve McQueen and starring ChiwetelEjiofor).

Of that group, I’d say Coppola’s film The Bling Ring seems very likely, along with Gray’s Lowlife, Refn’s Only God Forgives, and Farhadi’s The Past, though anything could happen between now and then. We could actually get a dose of potential Oscar quality if Payne’s movie Nebraska and McQueen’s flick Twelve Years a Slave wind up screening. Both are likely awards hopefuls, but questions need to be answered about them before any real wins can be predicted with something that resembles a straight face.

Overall, we still have mostly questions and only one answer (in regard to Gatsby), but that’s the name of the game at this point. The festival will soon begin to reveal what else is on the slate, and once Cannes officially gets underway, that’s the point in which I begin to truly contemplate the Oscar race in heightened manner (which I’m sure is still too early). That doesn’t mean that I ignore what’s out now, and even plan on raving about an upcoming March release in a day or so, but once Cannes come and goes, that’s when the ball really gets rolling. Until then folks, let the guessing continue!

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!

What do you think?

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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