Can someone please post a link to the Cannes Classics? The only thing that’s been confirmed is Once Upon a Time in America.
SPC picks up all of Haneke’s films.
Does anyone on seem level seem to just look at people like Haneke and Kiarostami as becoming Cannes fodder filmmakers if you know what I mean?
I would say that of Haneke. Of the three films I’ve seen by him, only the earliest (Funny Games) was truly impactful. Cache and The White Ribbon knew the notes, but not the music, of Rivette and Bergman respectively.
I’ve only seen one Kiarostami, so I can’t comment on him.
I am rooting for Haneke, Resnais or Loach to take it. It would be an improvement from last year.
I’ve never seen Kiarostami as a Cannes-fodder filmmaker, but you might be able to argue it.
Some of his films are kinda un-Cannes-like though, like Where Is The Friend’s Home? from his earlier work, or even stuff as recent as 2008’s Shirin.
LOL, Danny, last year’s winner was the best film to ever win the Palme d’Or that I’ve seen. :P
I’m rooting for Resnais and Cronenberg.
“I am rooting for Haneke, Resnais or Loach to take it.”
I think I just had a deja vu moment from 2009. And if you remember from 2009, both Resnais and Loach’s films were not that great.
Who else we got this year that was also in the 2009 lineup? Jacques Audiard.
That would be pretty funny if Haneke and Audiard both won again this year (another SPC coup).
But then again being Cannes-fodder doesn’t necessarily disqualify someone as a great filmmaker, at least not in the case of Kiarostami. And who knows, perhaps Haneke will be remembered as a great filmmaker in years to come, even if one could understand why their might be a current bias towards him today. When you think about it, Bresson, Antonioni, Rohmer, et al. were Kiarostami/Haneke type figures in their day if you know what I mean.
Personally, I’d rather see a Matthew McConaughey film win the Palm than a Robert Pattinson film.
Plus, Jeff Nichols is due.
I was really hoping that Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” would be ready for Cannes…I can’t think why it’s taking so long,even for a Kar-Wai film.Only the filming lasted almost two years,and now it’s in the post production for the last 9-10 months.I hope it will at least be ready until the fall.
From the films that are in the line-up,I’m really interested in Andrew Dominik’s “Killing them Softly”.“The Assasination of Jesse James” was one of the best films of the last decade for me,but it really came out of nowhere,so I’m really interested to see if Dominik could remain on that top-level for this film too.Although the abscense of the great cinematographer Roger Deakins,who was one of the main reasons why “The Assasination…” was so great,is really a matter of concern.
This might be the first Cannes line-up in which I’m familiar with most of the directors, but the weirdest thing is that Moonrise Kingdom is both opening AND in competition.
Most excited for: Lawless and Moonrise Kingdom
WTF pick: The Paperboy
@santino: To give the Palme d’Or to a guy who possibly despises his own kind would be a damn shame.
Ugh – Cannes is exciting cause I want to see all these films, but annoying because I probably won’t be able to see them for like a year or two (if ever)…
Jeff Nichols has only made three films, compared to forty-nine from Resnais.
This is Nichols’ first time at the big prize, compared to the edit fifth for Resnais, who has not won for Hiroshima Mon Amour, Stavisky…, Mon Oncle D’Amerique, and Wild Grass.
Resnais is 89. Nichols is 33.
^Yeah but Nichols’ three are better than Resnais’ 49.
“Ugh – Cannes is exciting cause I want to see all these films, but annoying because I probably won’t be able to see them for like a year or two (if ever)…”
That can be frustrating. I’ve caught up on all off last years’ films that were in competition with the exception of Polisse, which is just now opening in the US next month. So it does suck to think that some of these titles might not get released in theaters until next spring and if they’re not released in your area, you have to wait for the DVD which could be another year (like for any IFC films that Criterion picks up – look at Certified Copy for instance. It premiered at Cannes in May 2010, got a US theatrical release in Spring 2011, and is getting a Criterion DVD release in May 2012).
Where is Assayas?
This can’t be fully confirmed yet.
Additional titles could still percolate in.
I was most surprised about Nichols being in official competition. Take Shelter did well last year at Cannes outside of the official competition right?
The only film I don’t want to see is the Lee Daniels one. Come on, were there no films better than that available? After shit like Precious and Shadowboxer I wonder why people keep funding his movies.
Fingers crossed then.
Though very excited about Hong and Resnais, I’m rooting for Carax and Cronenberg for Palme d’Or :)
@Keldon Yep, Take Shelter won the Grand Prix in the Critics’ Week. I’m looking forward to seeing Nichols and Michael Shannon working together once again.
Take Shelter had already premiered at Sundance last year by the time it got to Cannes. I’m pretty sure for a film to be in competition, it has to be a premiere?
oh great. another festival with another bunch of films i’ll never get to see. the omirbaev is the sharpest sorrow, then a quick sad stab via loznitsa…. :(
Interesting choices. For this year – Ulrich Seidl and another Apichatpong Weerasethakul film (even if its a special screening) stand out. Its interesting to see Hong Sang-soo in the official competition too. Maybe this will lead to a push in his films being more easily available in the West – it may be a pipe dream, but one can dream.
The Grandmasters’ continuous delays are concerning me too, and this is a film that had to be briefly halted because Tony Leung broke his arm quite a few years ago preparing for it.
Ah, Santino, if only I could have back the pleasure of seeing Hiroshima mon amour for the first time…
Although I need to see Nichols’ films (and they do look good) he won’t be on par with Resnais for at least another five years. By which time Resnais will sadly probably be dead. And seeing as Trintignant and Riva are considered highly likely to get Best Actor and Actress for their roles in Haneke’s Love (which sounds remarkably sentimental for him), I think Cannes will give quite a few prizes this year to people long deserving of them. Call it the Oscar effect.
Hey, at least that means Cronenberg has Best Director all but clinched.
@X.A. Coronel-The Assayas was apparently screened by the selection committee and rejected.
Thanks for the info Abby. That’s so disappointing to hear, I hope that decision was due to more complex/unknown factors than the committee simply not considering the film up to the festival. Certainly not after selecting a Lee Daniels film or Anderson’s latest joke.
@abby.: That’s the worst thing a famous movie jury has ever done ever since Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close got an Oscar nod.
I read that Haneke’s film was picked up for distribution by Artificial Eye in the U.K before he even shot a single frame.
That should give you an idea of how much his stock has risen over the last 5-6 years.
I’d still be curious to know why Bertolucci’s film is out of competition. Do they view him as a non-entity these days?