I’d actually like to see Cristian Mungiu win it this year. It’ll probably go to either Cronenberg or Haneke, unless they do something wacky. I don’t see Resnais getting the award on sympathy. His last film was a bit rough.
Bertolucci will never be out of the picture. Never!
Wild Grass was good fun, although not on par with his New Wave masterpieces… but then, what is?
I am rooting for Mungiu the most. It would still be satisfying to see Haneke or Cronenberg win, though.
“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.”
Nobody beats SPC.
I’m super excited to see what Jaques Audiard has to say this year; I just hope it doesn’t take a full year before I can catch it in theaters.
“^Yeah but Nichols’ three are better than Resnais’ 49.”
This statement is embarrassing (even if taken as a joke).
Gilles Jacob quoted François Truffaut in this edition’s “dossier de presse” issued along with the selection: “We’ll soon be judged by people who haven’t seen Sunrise”
This year’s grid looks like gold.
A top 13 of titles I’m most anxious to see:
Post tenebras lux, Carlos Reygadas
Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg
Holy Motors, Leos Carax
Vous n’avez encore rien vu, Alain Resnais
Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik
On the Road, Walter Salles
In the Fog, Sergei Loznitsa
Amour, Michael Haneke
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson
Reality, Matteo Garrone
Dupa dealuri, Cristian Mungiu
Lawless, John Hillcoat
Like Someone in Love, Abbas Kiarostami
Really looking forward for Kiarostami’s
How many Resnais films have you seen, Santino? I’ve seen four, three are classics and the fourth is quite good. I think if you’d seen at least the three Criterions, you’d find that statement about him and Nichols to be very naive.
The Jury lineup, for what it’s worth:
Nanni Moretti (Italian director, actor and producer) (President)
Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director)
Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter)
Emmanuelle Devos (French actress)
Diane Kruger (German actress)
Jean Paul Gaultier (French designer)
Ewan McGregor (British actor)
Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer)
Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer)
lol – I’ve seen the three Criterion Resnais films. Of course Night and Fog is one of the greatest films of all time. But the others? Sorry, I’ll take Shotgun Stories any day.
Regarding the Cannes jury, even though Moretti is the jury president, you can bet your ass Payne will try to dominate the deliberations.
Not a terribly impressive jury lineup but I guess that’s not that unusual.
As I said, I’ve not seen any Nichols, but he seems to have that same view of Southerners as stoic, dignified redneck idiots out of a bad Faulkner ripoff that pervades most serious dramas to come out of the American South these days. It’s a far cry from the deeply sympathetic, subtle portraits of Texans (who are part of the South, the West, and the Southwest) that Pennell made.
Any MUBI user who has seen and doesn’t appreciate the performance of Emmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima mon amour – who will be starring in your boy Haneke’s film – doesn’t know a damn thing about acting. She owned that film. And Marienbad is one of the great mindfucks of cinematic history.
Plus, Marienbad has an indoor firing range! How cool is that?
I don’t know. Nichols is from the South and his characters seem to be pretty sympathetic.
I admit, indoor firing ranges are neat.
Cannes kicks off in two days!
Here’s the schedule, if anyone’s looking out for a particular film(s) and wants to know when to expect some reviews.
Thus far, it looks like the two SPC films have the best shot at winning the Palm (Amour and Rust and Bone). This is almost like a repeat of 2009, when Haneke and Audiard’s films (again both SPC) both won.
Like 2009, I’m rooting for Haneke to win the top prize.
Cannes 2012 Odds
Really?? I’d heard mediocre things about Rust & Bone.
Being a big fan of Cotillard I hope I just had bad sources, but that’s what I’ve heard.
What has the feedback been on all the films? Want to offer us internet search failures a nice summary?
Yeah, Rust & Bone has definitely been getting mixed reviews, as have many of this year’s competition titles – only the receptions for Moonrise Kingdom, Amour and Holy Motors have really been the closest to unanimous praise we’ve seen from critics this year, with even Kiarostami’s and Reygadas’ films receiving middling reviews. Still got Cosmoplis to screen before the end of the festival this weekend though, but I think it’s anyone’s guess as to the prize winners beyond the Palme d’Or.
For Drew, this is excellent. Also there’s this scorecard, although I’m not sure how ‘complete’ it is in terms of its sources.
Thanks for the link!!
Even if the On the Road reviews have just ruined my evening…
@ Drew – From what I can tell, Rust & Bone has been getting more consistently positive reviews than most of the films at the festival. Amour seems to be getting the most Palm d’Or talk but you never know. Wes Anderson will never win. Not going to happen (especially this year).
Here’s the site that I’ve been following: Fandor
It sounds like Marion Cotillard is all but certain as a shoe-in for Best Actress. And while we still have Cronenberg and Nichols, I would be surprised if either of these filmmakers top Cannes darlings like Haneke or Audiard.
Remember last year? Polisse got very mixed reviews with some loving it and other not so much. Yet it ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened this year with Rust & Bone (assuming it doesn’t win the top prize).
I like when the love is spread around, so I’m rooting for Cronenberg… though I am very happy Haneke’s new film is getting such a good buzz.
And even if some people have problems with it I am very excited to see Rust & Bone.
someone needs to grab Holy Motors for US distribution stat
I was not a fan of A Prophet but I’m looking forward to this new one (although the positive reviews don’t do much for me since A Prophet got universal acclaim. haha).
As I said before, if a Robert Pattinson film wins top prize at Cannes, I’m officially give up.
Don’t be a cranky old man. You’ll look stupid like the previous old men who whined about DiCaprio and Depp.
“I remember the good old days when Johnny Depp made interesting movies…”
Okay fine. Pattinson will break away from his pretty boy image for a decade or two of great films before devolving into being a caricature of himself.
Or you know be starring in two of the most promising movies every other year.