It seems there have been a lot of articles speculating as to which films will be showing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival this year, each of them pretty much naming the same films. However, the only film confirmed is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris which will open the fest. The rest is simply speculation and rumor, but now the most comprehensive and seemingly “in the know” list has surfaced.
Of the films currently expected to hit the Croisette, but obviously in no way confirmed yet seem to be among the most likely, are Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, Gus Van Sant’s Restless and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia.
Of course, those are the big name features. The films that draw the most attention before the festival starts. However, just as exciting are those films that hold the potential to creep up and blow you away. Screen Daily has fashioned their own list as we near the April 14 announcement and here’s a rundown of the films Screen’s Mike Goodridge believes stand a good chance at showing up this year.
Two films that have been talked about for a long time and were previously expected to show up, but Screen says they won’t be ready and will likely find slots at either or both Venice and Toronto include David Cronenbergâ€™s A Dangerous Method and Andrea Arnoldâ€™s Wuthering Heights.
Looking over the list, it becomes clear once again why I skip American festivals such as Sundance and SXSW as the mix of international titles I find so much more intriguing. I have already booked my hotel and flight and even received my accreditation for this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will once again bring you as many reviews and updates from the South of France I possibly can, not to mention I have a couple of other things in store to hopefully keep you up-to-date just before and just after I go in and get out of every single movie.
For now, bask in the speculation above and weigh in with your thoughts. After looking over the list of international pictures above and the descriptions provided by Screen a few that stand out include the Thai film Headshot, which follows a hitman who wakes up from a coma and sees everything upside down; The Conquest, which is about the rise to power of Nicolas Sarkozy and the separation from his second wife Cecilia; Free Men, a World War II set drama in which Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) plays an Algerian man who develops a friendship with a young Jewish man under the watchful gaze of the Paris police; The Artist, which centers on a silent movie star whose career is destined to end with the arrival of sound in 1927; The Woman In The Fifth simply because it’s a Paris-set thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas; and This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn as an ageing rock star on the hunt for his fatherâ€™s Nazi executioner.
Anything stand out for you? Comment below and also get a look at the homepage I’m still working on for this year’s festival right here where you will also find a list of all my reviews from last year’s fest.