Cannes Film Fest 2012: Official Program–Part Two

Spirit of 1970s American Cinema

“I hope that Cannes will bear witness to what could be a comeback of the spirit of 1970s American cinema, or will at least pose the question as to whether there could be a comeback,” artistic director Thierry Fremaux said. “Maybe it’s the first step toward something new. Cannes is meant to ask questions like this.”


Fremaux said he hoped the festival could serve as a platform for such fare, occupying an artistically vital space between big-budget studio pictures and Sundance Film Fest indies.


Cannes has a tradition of placing hot Sundance Film Fest titles in its non-competitive sidebars, as with Daniels’ “Precious” (2009) in Un Certain Regard; Nichols’ “Take Shelter” (2011) in Critics’ Week; and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” in Un Certain Regard this year.


First Cannes


This is the first Cannes competition for Anderson, Daniels, Dominik, Hillcoat and Nichols, as it is for Egyptian helmer Yousry Nasrallah, selected for “Baad el mawkeaa.”


By contrast, the 16 other directors in competition, such as Cronenberg or Haneke, have all been here at least once before.


Whereas Nichols is the youngest director in competition at 33, Alain Resnais is the oldest at 89, with what is reportedly his final film, “You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet,” starring Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson, Michel Piccoli, and Anne Consigny.


Of the other two French-directed films in competition, “Rust and Bone,” the Marion Cotillard-starring drama from Jacques Audiard (“A Propet”), was an expected choice;.


The other is Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors,” which stars Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.


Four Palme d’Or winners will again vie for the top prize: Romania’s Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”) with “Beyond the Hills,” a drama set in a rural monastery.


Then there is Britain’s Loach (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) with the comedy of redemption “The Angels’ Share.


Iran’s premier filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (“The Taste of Cherry”) is back with with Japan-set romance, “Like Someone in Love.”


Austria’s Haneke returns with “Amour,” a study of relational tension starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert (star of his “The White Ribbon”). “Amour” was acquired for North American distribution on Tuesday by Sony Classics.


Haneke’s countryman Ulrich Seidl (“Import/Export”) will represent Austria in competition with “Paradise: Love,” a drama of desire and self-image, focusing on the complex relationship between a mother and daughter.


Cronenbergs: Father and Son in Cannes


Cronenberg returns to competition with “Cosmopolis,” his adaptation of the 2003 Don DeLillo novel, starring Pattinson as a young Manhattan billionaire.


The film’s selection was inadvertently confirmed hours before the press conference when a trailer, bearing the festival’s logo, was posted online.


Joining the Canadian auteur in the official selection is his son Brandon Cronenberg, who scored an Un Certain Regard spot for his directing debut, the biological thriller “Antiviral.”


Another literary adaptation, Walter Salles’ version of Jack Kerouac’s cult work, “On the Road,” stands to be a hot competition ticket with a cast that includes Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen.


The “Twilight Saga” leads Stewart and Pattinson would both be on the Croisette dominated online fest chatter Thursday morning, singlehandedly pushing “Cannes” to worldwide trending status on Twitter.


One of the less expected competition selections was Mads Mikkelsen starrer “The Hunt,” a tale of father-son estrangement from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg, who was previously at Cannes with 1998’s “The Celebration.”


Other competition alumnus back for another round include Mexican provocateur Carlos Reygadas with his experimental, semi-autobiographical “Post tenebras lux”.


Ukrainian helmer Sergei Loznitsa with “In the Fog,” a drama set in 1942 German-occupied Belorussia.


Italian director Matteo Garrone (“Gomorrah”) with “Reality,” inspired by a local “Big Brother” TV spinoff.


The only two Asian films competing are both from South Korean helmers who share a given name. Hong Sang-soo, whose past few pics have screened in Un Certain Regard, is back in the top program with Huppert starrer “In Another Country,” while Im Sang-soo will compete with “Taste of Money,” a follow-up of sorts to 2010’s “The Housemaid.”


Other Asian titles sprinkled throughout the official selection include “Mystery” (Un Certain Regard), Lou Ye’s first official Chinese production since the five-year filmmaking ban imposed after his controversial Cannes 2006 title, “Summer Palace”; “11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate” (Un Certain Regard), Koji Wakamatsu’s film about celebrated Japanese author Yukio Mishima; “Mekong Hotel” (special screening), a Tilda Swinton-starrer from 2010 Palme winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and Takashi Miike’s “The Legend of Love & Sincerity,” one of two midnight screenings, the other being Italo horrormeister Dario Argento’s self-explanatory “Dracula 3D.”


Un Certain Regard titles tipped at one point or another for competition slots include “White Elephant,” from Argentina’s Pablo Trapero; “Laurence Anyways,” from Canada’s Xavier Dolan, an alum of Un Certain Regard and Director’s Fortnight; “Le grand soir,” from French duo Benoit Delepine and Gustave de Kervern; and “Loving Without Reason,” from Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse.


Rounding out Un Certain Regard are “7 Days in Havana,” a portrait of the titular Cuban city directed by multiple filmmakers; “Confession of a Child of the Century,” from France’s Sylvie Verheyde; “Despues de Lucia,” from Mexico’s Michel Franco; “God’s Horses,” from Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch; “La Pirogue,” from Senegal’s Moussa Toure; “La playa,” from Colombia’s Juan Andres Arango; “Miss Lovely,” from India’s Ashim Ahluwalia; “Student,” from Kazakhstan’s Darezhan Omirbayev; and “Trois mondes,” from France’s Catherine Corsini.


Regarding the numerous high-profile directors slotted out of competition, from Philip Kaufman and Weerasethakul to Italy’s Bernardo Bertolucci, with his intimate drama “Me and You,” Fremaux noted that these were fairly atypical projects: “Some directors like to go off the beaten path and make different films, a bit like novelists who are able to write an article or a poem in between books. It’s the same for these filmmakers.”


Documentaries receiving special screenings include “Polluting Paradise,” a look at a struggling Turkish village from Germany’s Fatih Akin; “Journal de France,” a road-trip collaboration between France’s Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret; “A musica segundo Tom Jobim,” a portrait of Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim, from Nelson Pereira Dos Santos; “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” in which France’s Laurent Bouzereau allows the embattled director to tell his side of the story; and “Les Invisibles,” a docu on a surprise topic from France’s Sebastien Lifshitz.”


Also receiving special screenings are Argentinean helmer Gonzalo Tobal’s debut feature, “Villegas,” and “Une journee particuliere,” a celebration of Cannes’ 65th birthday directed by festival president Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure.


As previously announced, the festival will close with “Therese Desqueyroux,” the final film from French helmer Claude Miller, who died April 4, 2012. Starring Audrey Tautou, the drama is based on the Francois Mauriac novel of the same title, previously filmed by Georges Franju in 1962.


While Nanni Moretti was announced as president of the Cannes jury in January, the names of the other jurors will not be revealed until closer to the start of the festival, which runs May 16-27.


Opening Night
“Moonrise Kingdom,” U.S., Wes Anderson



“Amour,” France-Austria-Germany, Michael Haneke
“The Angels’ Share,” U.K.-France, Ken Loach
“Baad el mawkeaa,” Yousry Nasrallah
“Beyond the Hills,” Romania, Cristian Mungiu
“Cosmopolis,” France-Canada-Portugal-Italy, David Cronenberg
“Holy Motors,” France, Leos Carax
“The Hunt,” Denmark, Thomas Vinterberg
“In Another Country,” South Korea, Hong Sang-soo
“In the Fog,” Germany-Netherlands-Belarus-Russia-Latvia, Sergei Loznitsa
“Killing Them Softly,” U.S., Andrew Dominik
“Lawless,” U.S., John Hillcoat
“Like Someone in Love,” France-Japan, Abbas Kiarostami
“Mud,” U.S., Jeff Nichols
“On the Road,” France-U.K.-U.S., Walter Salles
“The Paperboy,” U.S., Lee Daniels
“Paradise: Love,” Germany-France, Ulrich Seidl
“Post tenebras lux,” Mexico-France-Netherlands, Carlos Reygadas
“Reality,” Italy-France, Matteo Garrone
“Rust and Bone,” Belgium-France, Jacques Audiard
“Taste of Money,” South Korea, Im Sang-soo
“You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet,” France, Alain Resnais

Out of Competition


“Hemingway & Gellhorn,” U.S., Philip Kaufman
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” U.S., Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
“Me and You,” Italy, Bernardo Bertolucci

Un Certain Regard


“7 Days in Havana,” France-Spain, Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noe, Laurent Cantet
“11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate,” Japan, Koji Wakamatsu
“Antiviral,” Canada-U.S., Brandon Cronenberg
“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” U.S., Benh Zeitlin
“Confession of a Child of the Century,” France, Sylvie Verheyde
“Despues de Lucia,” Mexico, Michel Franco
“God’s Horses,” Morocco-Belgium, Nabil Ayouch
“La Pirogue,” France-Senegal, Moussa Toure
“La playa,” Colombia, Juan Andres Arango
“Laurence Anyways,” Canada-France, Xavier Dolan
“Le grand soir,” France, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern
“Loving Without Reason,” Belgium-Luxembourg-France-Switzerland, Joachim Lafosse
“Miss Lovely,” India, Ashim Ahluwalia
“Mystery,” China-France, Lou Ye
“Student,” Kazakhstan, Darezhan Omirbayev
“Trois mondes,” France, Catherine Corsini
“White Elephant,” Argentina-Spain, Pablo Trapero

Midnight Screenings


“Dracula 3D,” Italy-France-Spain, Dario Argento
“The Legend of Love & Sincerity,” Japan, Takashi Miike

Special Screenings


“A musica segundo Tom Jobim,” Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
“The Central Park Five,” Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
“Der Mull im Garten Eden,” Germany, Fatih Akin
“Journal de France,” Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon
“Les Invisibles,” Sebastien Lifshitz
“Mekong Hotel,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” U.K.-Germany, Laurent Bouzereau
“Villegas,” Argentina-Netherlands-France, Gonzalo Tobal

Closing Night


“Therese Desqueyroux,” France, Claude Miller