Up next, Cannes: potential contenders
by Fabien Lemercier
16/02/2012 - As Berlinale comes to a close, professionals have turned their attention to the 65th Cannes Film Festival, to be held from May 16 to 27, and observers are already speculating about the films that will be selected this year by Thierry Frémaux.
Among those most likely to make it to Cannes are Love by Austrian director Michael Haneke, Angels Shares by English director Ken Loach, On the Road by Brasilian director Walter Salles, Cosmopolis by Canadian director David Cronenberg, Post Tenebras Lux by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, The End by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, Elefante blanco by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero, The Grandmaster by Chinese director Wong Kar-waï, Big House by Italian director Matteo Garrone, and Rust and Bone by French director Jacques Audiard.
The more serious contenders are In The Fog by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, Something in the Air by Frenchman OlivierAssayas, The We and the I by his fellow-countryman Michel Gondry, the trilogy Paradise by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, Another Country by Korean director Hong Sang-soo, The Taste of Money by his fellow-countryman Im Sang-soo, and Laurence Anyways by the Canadian Xavier Dolan. And, who knows, perhaps Roumanian director Cristian Mungiu might even finish his latest film on time, although it is still unnamed and currently being filmed.
Among the other possibilities are also the mysterious Hard to Be a God by the Russian Alexei German, Dream and Silence by the Spanish Jaime Rosales, The Last Supper by Chinese director Lu Chuan, Rhinos Season by Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, Mishima , a Life in Four Chapters by Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu, No by the Chilian Pablo Larrain, Heli by the Mexican Amat Escalante, and Gabo and The Shadow by Portuguese veteran Manoel de Oliveira.
American productions are also contending, notably with The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson, Cogan's Trade by the Australian Andrew Dominik, and Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson, Nero Fiddled by Woody Allen, Voyage of Time by Terrence Malick, or even James Gray’s unnamed film that is currently being shot, if he edits it extremely fast.
As for French films, Foxfire by Laurent Cantet will probably not be finished on time (The director has just wrapped a few winter scenes and has over 300 hours of rushes to edit), unlike Dans la maison by François Ozon, Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallières, Journal de France by the pair Raymond Depardon - Claudine Nougaret, Superstar by Xavier Giannoli, and Holly Motors by Leos Carax, without forgetting animation films The Suicide Shop by Patrice Leconte and Aya de Yopougon by Clément Oubrerie and Marguerite Abouet.
(Translated from French)