The official announcement for the full line-up of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is expected to arrive this week. We already know that "Grace of Monaco" will be the fest's opening night film and that "Party Girl" will play the Un Certain Regard - but what else could be headlining the world's biggest film festival? Check out my list of nine high-profile films that could be making their way to the south of France in mid May. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14 to May 25.
It’s been a long time coming for Bennett Miller’s third feature film. After teasing its premiere at last year’s AFI Film Fest before being pulled, excitement about when we would finally see “Foxcatcher” has only risen. Miller is two for two with Best Picture and Best Director nominations in his career, and from the leaked trailer last fall it looks as though he has a cold and intense thriller on his hands with a performance like nothing we’ve ever seen from Steve Carell. Rumors make it seem like this one will definitely be at Cannes, but keeping fingers crossed until word is official.
Richard Linklater has chronicled a relationship over nine year intervals in his excellent “Before” trilogy, but “Boyhood” promises to be his most ambitious project yet, as in it he has followed the growth of a young boy over 12 years. Filming a few scenes every year, “Boyhood's” odyssey to the big screen began at Sundance, but with a July release it won’t be a surprise to see this film pop up at Cannes for a little more press. Plus, if it is able to receive similar praise to what it did at Sundance, it will only further potential talk on its Oscar chances.
Magic in the Moonlight
Woody Allen returns to Europe for his next film “Magic in the Moonlight” and that may also mean a return to Cannes. His last trip to the sout of France was for “Midnight in Paris,” but he also premiered “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” at the fest. Allen continues to share very little about his projects before they are seen, but we know his latest stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
Knight of Cups
After only making five films in the first 32 years of his career, Terrence Malick is changing up the pace as he has four films in the last three years. His latest two, “Knight of Cups” and a currently untitled project, were shot back-to-back. If one were going to show up at Cannes though, my money would be on the one that actually has a title. Malick’s last trip to France with “The Tree of Life” netted him the Palme d’Or, and despite this recent consistent output, a Malick film is still a rare and intriguing prospect. He has a stacked cast as well, with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley and Freida Pinto involved, just to name a few.
Two Days, One Night
Marion Cotillard has established a Hollywood presence thanks to films like “Inception,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Public Enemies,” but the Oscar-winning actress is at her best when she is speaking in her native French. She has the chance to prove that once again in “Two Days, One Night” for the well-known French filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Cotillard plays a woman who must convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. It is likely the biggest French film that could premiere at Cannes, and the French fest always enjoys supporting the local filmmakers.
Remember when Jon Stewart took a couple of months off from “The Daily Show” to go shoot a movie? Well, we are likely to see the results of all that in the near future, perhaps even as soon as May. “Rosewater” tells the story of an Iranian journalist is kidnapped and held prisoner for months and is brutally interrogated. The film is still in need of a distributor, and what better place for this international story to find a potential home than one of the biggest film festivals in the world.
St. Vincent De Van Nuys
Bruce Dern and “Nebraska” got a boost from a Cannes premiere last year that helped him land his first ever Oscar nomination. Bill Murray has his own cantankerous performance coming out this year that could make a splash and see him in contention for his second ever nomination. “St. Vincent De Van Nuys” has a great cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd, but what everyone is most eager to see is Murray’s performance as a misanthropic war veteran who becomes an unlikely role model to a young boy.
After “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master,” adapting a crime novel seems a bit simple for a director like Paul Thomas Anderson. However, when that novel is Thomas Pychon’s “Inherent Vice” and the style of his book, it seems a bit more up Anderson’s alley. Still, this will be an interesting step for Anderson, who may be dealing with his most straightforward plot of his career. A reunion with “Master” star Joaquin Phoenix is also something to go excited for. The film won’t release until December, so it may be a long shot to appear here, but it would become a must see for all in attendance if it does.
Jane Got a Gun
The making of “Jane Got a Gun” has been a horror story. Director Lynne Ramsay exited the project just prior to production starting. A carousel of actors were attached and then dropped out of the project. And now, after Relativity had previously set an August release date, the film has been pulled from that day and no replacement has been announced as of yet. But what better way to reward the cast and crew and silence negative rumors than to unveil the film at Cannes?