"Inside Llewyn Davis" (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
The Coen brothers tackle the 1960s folk music scene. That milieu doesn’t do much for me, though the trailer suggests a welcome return to Barton Fink mode.

"Only God Forgives" (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Refn reunites with Ryan Gosling in what looks like a neon-lit homage to Hong Kong cinema. I can’t wait to see what the director does with Kristin Scott

"Thomas. Nebraska" (Alexander Payne)
Eleven years after "About Schmidt," Payne returns to Cannes with a film set in his home state, though I’m troubled that the Midwestern auteur didn’t write the screenplay.

"The Congress" (Ari Folman)
The "Waltz With Bashir" director adapts Polish sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem’s "The Futurological Congress" as a cartoon? Sounds like one heckuva head trip.

"A Castle in Italy" (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)
This year in Sundance, half the pics in competition were directed by women. At Cannes, this is the only one, a personal episode from Gillian Anderson’s Gallic doppelganger.

"The Bling Ring" (Sofia Coppola)
This is the femme-made movie I most want to see in Cannes, opening Un Certain Regard: a teeny-bopper true-crimer with a splash of "Spring Breakers."