An Updated List of Potential 2013 Cannes Film Festival Contenders


Rumored 2013 Cannes Film Festival movies


A couple weeks back I wrote up The Hollywood Reporter wrote up a piece citing the films she now knows won’t be making it into the festival along with a few we may be able to look forward to.

She starts by saying Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave, which has already been testing for audiences and acquired by Fox Searchlight for a December release, won’t be ready, which is exactly what I feared when that date was announced. She also mentions films I’m not sure anyone was expecting to show up such as Lee DanielsThe Butler, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher and John WellsAugust: Osage County.

In addition to other films previously known to be out of the running she adds that Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine won’t be making the trip.

Several previously thought contenders do seem to be likely, or at least are being courted by Cannes Film Festival managing director Thierry Fremaux, including Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, Asghar Farhadi‘s The Past (dir., Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives.

The only film I didn’t mention previously that looks to stand a chance is Jonathan Glazer‘s Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland.

I have updated my overall list and included it below, removing any titles McClintock mentioned wouldn’t be making the trip. The titles listed include potential Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight possibilities.

I expect the 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup to be announced some time around April 18 so stay tuned. Before then I plan on writing up a top ten list of films I hope make the list as well as more speculation as necessary.