Ever since it was announced that Steven Spielberg will be heading the Cannes jury and that Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” will be opening the festival, we got the feeling we were going to be in for some real treats this year. And boy, were we right!
The official selection of films to compete for the Palme d’Or has been announced and we can honestly say there are more big names on the list than ever. Also, it’s impossible to pick only one or two favorites, with the fight for gold likely set to go down to the wire.
Ethan and Joel Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”, starring the likes of Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, is definitely one of the title contenders, but how could you not take into consideration Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska”? Or Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra”, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his secret lover?
Also in contention is Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of Best Director at Cannes in 2011 for “Drive”, again in competition next to Ryan Gosling with “Only God Forgives”. And 2002 Palme d’Or winner Roman Polanski, for a French-produced drama called “Venus in Fur”. And let’s not ignore Asghar Farhadi’s highly anticipated “A Separation” follow-up – “The Past”.
Here are the rest of the competing films, some of which also come from established foreign filmmakers such as Paolo Sorrentino or Francois Ozon:
- “A Chateau in Italy” by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
- “Michael Kohlhaas” by Arnaud Despallieres
- “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)” by Arnaud Desplechin
- “Heli” by Amat Escalante
- “The Immigrant” by James Gray
- “Grigris” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
- “A Touch of Sin” by Jia Zhangke
- “Like Father, Like Son” by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
- “The Life of Adele” by Abdellatif Kechiche
- “Shield of Straw” by Takashi Miike
- “Young and Pretty” by Francois Ozon
- “The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino
- “Borgman” by Alex van Warmerdam
Via [USA Today]