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CANNES 2013 - PREVIEW

THE GREAT LIBERACE & THE GREAT GATSBY
In Competition, Steven Soderbergh’s Beyond the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace (!) and Matt Damon, is probably the one film that could equal the public interest generated by Baz Luhrmann’s Opening Film, The Great Gatsby. But there are several others that will feed discussion, disagreement and maybe cinematic joy. Andrew L. Urban previews Cannes 2013.



Beyond the Candelabra

Opening Un Certain Regard is Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring – her third film at Cannes, after The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette. Inspired by a true story, The Bling Ring stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann and Kirsten Dunst; it’s the story of a group of adolescents who are fascinated by “beautiful people” and the world of brands, tracking the whereabouts and activities of celebrities online so that they can rob their homes. They steal over $3m of luxury items: jewellery, clothing, shoes, etc. Among their victims are Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson. The media nicknamed this gang the “Bling Ring”.

Another female director in the selection is (ex French President Sarkozy’s sister in law) Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi with Un Chateau En Italie, about a family that is forced to sell their much revered traditional home. Bruni-Tedeschi also co-stars. (Other women directors in the program include Valeria Golino, Flora Lau, Chloé Robichaud and Rebecca Zlotowski, all with films in Un Certain Regard.)

Notably, multi-awarded Iranian Asghar Farhadi, whose previous drama, A Separation won the Foreign Language Oscar, is in Competition with The Past, starring Bérénice Bejo – of The Artist fame. 

Nicolas Winding Refn is back in Competition with Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling (who starred in Refn’s 2011 thriller, Drive) and Kristin Scott Thomas. Julian (Gosling), a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother (Thomas)compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. 

"a strong Asian presence"

Notable for a strong Asian presence, the Competition boasts Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, adapted from a novel by Kazuhiro Kiuchi in which a wealthy and powerful man publicly offers a reward of 1 billion yen for the killer of Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara) the man he believes has murdered his granddaughter.

The second Japanese director selected is Kore-Eda Hirokazu, with Like Father, Like Son, in which a successful businessman driven by money learns that his biological son was switched with another baby. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Johnny To’s Blind Detective is slotted for a Midnight Screening, always an edgy affair, and this one also shows promise: Andy Lau plays a cop forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector (Sammi Cheng) - who believes he has acute senses - they team up to try and solve the case. 

And sixth generation Chinese director Zhangke Jia’s film, A Touch of Sin has been selected, giving him a third tilt at a Palme d’Or, in the wake of 24 City (2008) and Unknown Pleasures (2002).

"something intriguing"

And then there is always the chance that the Coen brothers will give us something intriguing. Inside Llewyn Davis delivers a second chance for Carey Mulligan to walk the red carpet at the same festival, as she co-stars with Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman in this story of a singer songwriter (Isaac) navigating the New York music scene in the 1960s.


Inside Llewyn Davis

South Africa-set thriller Zulu from Jerome Salle will be the closing night film, starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker. Two men – one black, one white are at the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, and the echoes of apartheid still resound in the shadows of a society struggling toward reconciliation.

Roman Polanski has two films in the selection, one in Competition (Venus in Fur) and one in Special Screenings (Weekend of a Champion), and while his latest film, Nymphomaniac, isn’t ready for Cannes this year, Lars von Trier is likely to be back on the Croisette in the near-ish future, his status as ‘persona no grata’ apparently lifted, following his crazy Nazi outburst in 2011.


The Great Gatsby

Official Selection:
IN COMPETITION
Valeria BRUNI-TEDESCHI 
UN CHATEAU EN ITALIE

Ethan COEN, Joel COEN 
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Arnaud des PALLIERES 
MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

Arnaud DESPLECHIN 
JIMMY P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Amat ESCALANTE 
HELI

Asghar FARHADI 
LE PASSE (The Past)

James GRAY 
THE IMMIGRANT

Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN 
GRIGRIS

Jia ZHANGKE 
TIAN ZHU DING (A Touch of Sin)

KORE-EDA Hirokazu 
SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (Like Father, Like Son)

Jim JARMUSCH 
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Abdellatif KECHICHE 
LA VIE D’ADELE  (Blue is the Warmest Color)

Takashi MIIKE 
WARA NO TATE (Shield of Straw)

Francois OZON 
JEUNE ET JOLIE (Young and Beautiful)

Alexander PAYNE 
NEBRASKA

Roman POLANSKI LA 
VENUS A LA FOURRURE

Steven SODERBERGH 
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

Paolo SORRENTINO 
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Alex VAN WARMERDAM 
BORGMAN

Nicolas WINDING REFN 
ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Closing Film
Jerome SALLE 
ZULU

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Opening Film
Sofia COPPOLA 
THE BLING RING

Hany ABU-ASSAD 
OMAR

Adolfo ALIX JR. 
DEATH MARCH

Ryan COOGLER 
FRUITVALE STATION

Claire DENIS 
LES SALAUDS

Lav DIAZ 
NORTE, HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN (Norte, the End of History)

James FRANCO 
AS I LAY DYING

Valeria GOLINO 
MIELE 

Alain GUIRAUDIE 
L'INCONNU DU LAC

Flora LAU 
BENDS 

Rithy PANH 
L'IMAGE MANQUANTE 

Lucia PUENZO 
WAKOLDA 

Diego QUEMADA-DIEZ 
LA JAULA DE ORO 

Mohammad RASOLOUF 
ANONYMOUS

Chloé ROBICHAUD 
SARAH PREFERE LA COURSE (Sarah Would Rather Run)

Rebecca ZLOTOWSKI 
GRAND CENTRAL

OUT OF COMPETITION
J.C CHANDOR
ALL IS LOST

Guillaume CANET
BLOOD TIES

Claude LANZMANN
LE DERNIER DES INJUSTES 

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Amit KUMAR
MONSOON SHOOTOUT 

Johnnie TO 
BLIND DETECTIVE

JERRY LEWIS TRIBUTE

Daniel NOAH
MAX ROSE 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Stephen FREARS
MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT

Roberto MINERVINI
STOP THE POUNDING HEART 

Roman POLANSKI
WEEK END OF A CHAMPION

James TOBACK
SEDUCED AND ABANDONED 

Cinéfondation :
Taisia IGUMENTSEVA
OTDAT KONCI (Bite the Dust)

GALA SCREENING, TRIBUTE TO INDIA
Anurag KASHYAP, Dibakar BANERJEE, Zoya AKHTAR, Karan JOHAR
BOMBAY TALKIES


Cannes 2013 - The Jury

Published May 16, 2013

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CANNES 2013 - DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT
POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2013


The Great Gatsby


Beyond the Candelabra


The Bling Ring


Un Chateau En Italie


Only God Forgives


Blind Detective

“For its 66th edition poster, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).”

66TH Festival de Cannes, May 15 - 26
Palme d’Or Jury President: 
Steven Spielberg

Un Certain Regard Jury President: 
Thomas Vinterberg

Short Film & Cinefondation Jury President
Jane Campion

Presentation hostess: Audrey Tautou

Opening Film (out of Competition)
THE GREAT GATSBY
Dir: Baz Luhrmann

Special Guest Country: India

Special Guest at screening of Vertigo (Cannes Classics)
Kim Novak

Special Guest at screening of Plein Soleil (Tribute)
Alain Delon







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