The 2013 Cannes Lineup


Looking over the 2013 Cannes lineup, which was announced this morning, it’s hard to identify the “big story.” The Competition lineup contains a good mix of the expected and some pleasant surprises (Roman Polanski’s Venus in Furs being the most high-profile of those surprises). No stunning omissions or head-scratching inclusions. Just a rock-solid-sounding group of films competing for international cinema’s biggest prize.

Once you leave the realm of the Competition, you leave the realm of my expertise. With a few exceptions (Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola, James Franco, etc.), the Un Certain Regard lineup contains a who’s who of international up-and-comers who I’m unfamiliar with (for now). Out of Competition screenings include two films I thought (at least until a few days ago) had a shot on a Competition slot—J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost and Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties. The former has already been given a release date in late October of this year.

My 2013 Cannes predictions proved solid. They were made at a time when anything seemed possible, and as the weeks ticked on, it became clear filmmakers like Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Steve McQueen, and others wouldn’t be making the trip to the South of France this May. I’m quite proud of a few called shots, however—particularly Grisgris and Jeune et Jolie.

What films am I most excited for? Certainly Inside Llewyn Davis would have to top the list. It’s the Coens, guys. Asghar Farhadi is someone I’ll always keep an intrigued eye on after the tour-de-force that was his last film, A Separation. If Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra really is his last film, it’s be something worth treasuring. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska captured my attention as a project of interest quite some time ago, and I’m definitely glad to see it here. And Cannes regular Paolo Sorrentino, a filmmaker I can’t say I’m all that familiar with, has me really curious about his latest. It sounds like a departure of sorts (I’ve seen the word “Fellini-esque” thrown around regarding The Great Beauty), and I’m going to make it my early pick for the Palme d’Or.

Read on for the full 2013 Cannes lineup, and check back in the coming weeks for more stateside coverage of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

Zulu (Jerome Salle)

A Villa in Italy (Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Michael Kolhaas (Arnaud des Pallieres)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
Heli (Amat Escalante)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
Grisgris (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
Tian zhu ding (Jia Zhangke)
Like Father Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
Jeune et Jolie (Francois Ozon)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Venus in Furs (Roman Polanski)
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)

The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola) (Opening Film)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
Death March (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
The Bastards (Claire Denis)
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Lav Diaz)
As I Lay Dying (James Franco)
Miele (Valeria Golino)
L’inconnu de lac (Alain Guiraudie)
Bends (Flora Lau)
L’image manquante (Rithy Panh)
La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez)
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
Sarah prefere la course (Chloe Robichaud)
Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski)

All is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

Week End of a Champion (Roman Polanski)
Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (Stephen Frears)
Max Rose (Daniel Noah)
Otdat Konci (Taisia Igumentseva)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)

Monsoon Shootout (Amit Kumar)
Blind Detective (Johnnie To)

Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar)

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2 Responses to The 2013 Cannes Lineup

  1. Steven Flores April 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I do love this line-up though I was surprised that Only Lovers Left Alive and I’m So Excited! didn’t make the final cut considering that Jim Jarmusch and Pedro Almodovar are often favorites at the festival. I guess Almodovar didn’t feel like going to Cannes this year while Jarmusch is probably still tinkering with his film at the moment.

    There’s too many films there that I would totally want to see.

  2. Brittani April 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This looks like a solid lineup. I can’t wait for the reviews to start pouring in.


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