Monday, March 5, 2012

The Indiewire Cannes Wish List: 30 Films We Hope Make The Festival's 2012 Lineup

Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with almost every country vying for spots in the official selection. But with the official 2012 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little over a month away, Indiewire is offering its annual Cannes wish list. 
Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather is a roster of films we hope are finished in time, good enough and invited to the Croisette (though we do muse about what's more likely than others). 
Among the candidates are celebrated filmmakers like Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard, David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Matteo Garrone, Wong Kar-Wai, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick, Cristian Mungiu, Francois Ozon and Walter Salles.
Movies that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall fest berth in Venice and/or Toronto. Either way, let the guessing games begin:
"Cosmopolis," directed by David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg has been working on a far more restrained note in recent years, exploring the realm of interpersonal relationships without the subversive edge of his earlier films. "Cosmopolis" finds him in more ambitious terrain, adapting Don DeLillo's novel about a hotshot young Wall Street hustler in the near future facing the possibility that he might be the target of an assassination. A dark Cronenberg thriller is reason enough to get excited, but the project takes on a particularly strong amount of curiosity because the leading man role goes to Robert Pattinson (acting opposite Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti), who may have finally discovered a director willing to push him in bold new directions. [Eric Kohn]

"On the Road," directed by Walter Salles
The Francis Ford Coppola-produced decades-in-the-works adaptation of Kerouac classic will finally see the light of day when it gets released in France on May 23.  Does that mean the Beat road trip flick will get a premiere on the Croisette a few days before? Chances are, yes.  Salles, the director of the Brazilian classic "Central Station" and the Che Guevera biopic "The Motorcycle Diaries" (another classic roadtrip text), has worked with an impressive cast for the film. Among the film's actors: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Sturridge, Kristen Stewart, Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Terrence Howard. Let's hope taking the scenic route was worth it. [Bryce J. Renninger]

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