This year, the official competition at Cannes will see its first 3D entry, Takashi Miike's Harikiri. That's just one of the many surprises in what looks like a very exciting line up of films.
Presiding over the selection juries this year will be Robert De Niro (feature films), Michel Gondry (shorts), Emir Kusturica (Un Certain Regard) and Bon Joon Ho (Camera D'or). That's a uniquely brilliant assembly, and I'm glad they've been delivered such a strong program to deliberate over.
In the competition picks alone there's the shock of a 3D film; the surprise of Julia Leigh's debutSleeping Beauty; the long awaited return of Ratcatcher's Lynne Ramsay; a sci-fi picture from Von Trier; a horror movie from Almodovar; a papal black comedy from Nanni Moretti; what looks to be Terrence Malick's most experimental film to date; the dependably solid Dardenne Brothers; a film starring, written and directed by Maiwenn, "the blue Alien singer from The Fifth Element"; and the most interesting looking Woody Allen for a few years now, at least judging by the trailer.
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge CeylanHave I told you how much I want to see The Beaver? A lot, that's how much. I'm glad to see it show up. I probably couldn't say no to a bit of Kung Fu Panda 2, either.
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Polisse, Ma?nn Le Besco
No Tsuki Hanezu, Naomi Kawase
L?Apollonide, Bertrand Bonello
Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn
Footnote, Joseph Cedar
Harakiri, Takashi Miike
Le Havre, Aki Kaurism?
We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay
The Kid With The Bike, Dardenne Brothers
Melancholia, Lars Von Trier
La Source des Femmes, Radu Mihaileanu
Parterre, Alain Cavalier
The Skin That I Inhabit, Pedro Almodovar
We Have a Pope, Nanni Moretti
Sleeping Beauty, Julia Leigh
The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick
OUT OF COMPETITION
The Artist, by Michel HazanaviciusNote: there's no mention of Panda on the official press release, but I'm bowing to peer pressure and keeping it in for now. The world is reporting that it's included, so...
The Beaver, Jodie Foster
La Conqu?, by Xavier Durringer
Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rob Marshall
I'll give you the Un Certain Regard films too, but for all of the details on way-way-off-piste screenings, check that press release.
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Restless, Gus Van SantAnd there it is. Some of these films will make few ripples on Bleeding Cool in future, while others will make waves. Just don't make too many assumptions, yet, about which is which.
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin
The Hunter, Bazur Bakuradze
Halt auf freier Strecke, Andreas Dresen
Skoonheid, Oliver Hermanus
Hors Satan, Bruno Dumont
Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro, Robert Gu?guian
The Days He Arrives, Hong Sang-Soo
Bonsai, Christian Jimenez
Loverboy, C?t?lin Mitulescu
Tatsumi, Erik Khoo
En maintenant, on va ou?, Nadine Labaki
Ariang, Kim Ki Duk
Toomelah, Ivan Sen
Yellow Sea, Na Hong-Jin
Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo
L?exercice de l?Etat, Pierre Schoeller
Travailler Fatigue, Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
Oslo, August 31st, Joachim Trier