Thursday in Paris, with two or three additions to the main competition likely still to come, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the selections for the 67th edition of the world's premier collision of cinematic art, naked commerce and stars on red carpet.
The stars convening in May on the French Riviera are a free-range bunch — Channing Tatum to Steve Carell (in the same movie, "Foxcatcher"), Juliette Binoche to Berenice Bejo to Rosario Dawson. Because the directors are the true stars at Cannes, in theory, expect to see both Jean-Luc Godard and, making his feature directorial debut with a film screening out of competition, Ryan Gosling. Prior to their respective world premieres they'll share the same stretch of bright red carpet outside the Grand Lumiere Theatre in the French Riviera resort town.
The festival runs May 14-25, and the work emerging from Cannes will set the stage for world cinema in the coming year.
Filmmaker Jane Campion heads the main competition jury. Last year, jury head Steven Spielberg awarded "Blue Is the Warmest Color" the top festival prize, known as the Palme d'Or.
Two U.S. titles are competing for the 2014 Palme: "Foxcatcher," "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's true-life drama starring Carell, Tatum and Mark Ruffalo; and "The Homesman," director and star Tommy Lee Jones' directorial follow-up to his excellent "Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" nine years ago. Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep and Hailee Steinfeld co-star with Jones in his latest effort.
Canadian auteurs have three films in the main competition, including David Cronenberg with his satirical LA story "Maps to the Stars," starring Robert Pattinson. Atom Egoyan returns with the abduction tale "The Captive," while Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan will be represented by "Mommy."
Illustrating the happily bewildering variety of work Cannes offers most years, Godard's newest, titled "Goodbye to Language" — in 3-D, yet — will share the festival with "The Artist" helmer Michel Hazanavicius' new film, a remake of the 1948 Fred Zinnemann drama "The Search." New work from festival favorites Olivier Assayas (from France), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey) and Mike Leigh (England) should prove tantalizing next month.
The famously reclusive Godard, festival director Fremaux said Thursday, has "promised he'll be there. Which doesn't mean he will." Four years ago Godard bailed at the last minute and his filmic essay "Film Socialisme" screened un-aided by its maker's red carpet and press conference appearance.
In Cannes there are in-competition titles and those screening out-of-competition. Opening night brings the out-of-competition Grace Kelly biopic "Grace of Monaco" starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth, and later in the festival, "How to Train Your Dragon 2."
The main competition slate:
"The Captive" (Atom Egoyan, Canada). This is the "Sweet Hereafter" director's sixth Cannes competition appearance.
"Clouds of Sils Maria" (Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany). Shot in English, Assayas' latest concerns an actress sequestered in a Swiss villlage. The cast includes Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.
"Foxcatcher" (Bennett Miller, U.S.) The murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz provides the subject of Miller's latest, starring Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and, with a considerable prosthetic nose, Steve Carell.
"Goodbye to Language" (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland) This is the seventh Cannes competition appearance for Godard.
"The Homesman" (Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.) This 19th Century western brings Jones back to Cannes, where his "Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" won two awards nearly a decade ago.
"Jimmy's Hall" (Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France) Low-key British stalwart Loach deals with the Irish communist leader James Gralton in what may be the filmmaker's farewell narrative feature.
"Leviathan" (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia). The filmmaker's previous feature, "Elena," competed in the Un Certain Regard slate three years ago.
"Le Meraviglie" (Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany) Two of the 2014 main competition titles come from female directors, which is an improvement over recent years. Rohrwacher wrote and directed this story of an Italian teenager's encounter with a German ex-con.
"Maps to the Stars" (David Cronenberg, U.S.) Canadian festival favorite Cronenberg made this darkly satirical portrait of LA in the city of the angels, where — as Bertolt Brecht once said — the brighter the sun, the deeper the shadows. Robert Pattinson, who worked with the filmmaker in "Cosmopolis," returns for his second Cronenberg experience.
"Mommy" (Xavier Dolan, France-Canada) At 25, Quebec-based Dolan's a breath of fresh air amid many veteran names in the 67th festival.
"Saint Laurent" (Bertrand Bonello, France) Designer Yves Saint Laurent has been biopiced before, but here's another one. Gaspard Ulliel co-stars with "Blue Is the Warmest Color" actress Lea Seydoux.
"The Search" (Michel Hazanavicius, France) Berenice Bejo co-stars with Annette Bening in a Chechnya-set remake of the 1948 film.
"Still the Water" (Naomi Kawase, Japan) The latest from Kawase is set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima and concerns a couple's attempts to solve a deadly mystery.
"Mr. Turner" (Mike Leigh, U.K .) The lauded English auteur of Cannes prize-winners "Secrets & Lies" and "Naked" has long nursed a desire to make a biopic of the 19th century painter J.W.W. Turner. And here it is, starring Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville. Reportedly in the spirit of "Topsy-Turvy," which I loved.
"Timbuktu" (Abderrahmane Sissako, France) In northern Mali, a young couple was stoned to death for not being "married before God." Sissako's film offers one version of events.
"Two Days, One Night" (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium). Few directors are more highly revered in Cannes than the Dardennes brothers, who have won the Palme twice ("Rosetta" and "L'Enfant"). Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet co-star in a story of a woman, threatened with unemployment, trying to persuade her workplace colleagues to forego their bonuses.
"Wild Tales" (Damian Szifron, Argentina-Spain) A series of short comic sketches, representing the Argentinean's Cannes debut. Pedro Almodovar served as a producer.
"Winter Sleep" (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France) Festival head Fremaux noted Thursday that Ceylan's latest, running about three and a half hours, will be the main slate's longest film. Ceylan scored the Grand Prix (second prize, after the Palme) for his previous Cannes entry, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia."
The Tribune's coverage of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival begins when the festival begins, on May 14.
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