Cannes 2013 Lineup Includes Latest Miike, Winding Refn, Coens, Payne

Brian Clark, European Editor
The entire Cannes competition lineup has been announced, and yes, it includes many reasons to get excited, whether you're a casual film fan or hardcore cinephile. 

Among other titles, the list includes anticipated films Only God Forgives (which was described at the press conference as "radical" and "punk") and Inside Llewyn Davis, but also surprising titles like Alexander Payne's Nebraska, shot in black and white, and Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, made for HBO. Representation from Asia is strong, with Miike Takashi's Straw Shield, Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, and Kora-Eda Hirokazu's Like Father, Like Son making the competition selection. Johnnie To's Blind Detective will play Cannes at midnight as a special screening.

The full announcement is below, but first, a few immediate reactions from European Editor Brian Clark and Festivals Editor Ryland Aldrich, who have listed a few titles they're excited about... at least at first glance. Give them a look and chime in with your own favorites below! 

European Editor Brian Clark:
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The Immigrant (formerly titled Low Life)
With films like Little Odessa and We Own the Night, James Gray has always proved reliable for gritty, working-class drama, but his most recent effort Two Lovers showed a more playful and unique approach to melodrama which I'm excited to see more of. This period piece once again teams Gray with Joaquin Phoenix, and also stars Marion Cotillard.

Bastards
The plot: A widowed woman enlists her brother, a ship captain, to help her take revenge on the man who drove their family business under. The director: The formidable Claire Denis, who has proven adept at sublime family drama (35 Shots of Rum), politically-minded thrillers (White Material) and even sickening vampire/cannibal melodrama (Trouble Every Day). Yes, please.

The Past
Starring Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to A Separation switches it's locale to Paris, but still examines domestic drama, love and Iranian identity. While some of the plotting of A Separation got on my nerves, Farhadi's knack for making domestic drama simultaneously intimate and universal, and always compelling, is too strong to ignore.   

Festivals Editor Ryland Aldrich:
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Only God Forgives
Without a doubt one of the most anticipated upcoming titles, we are ecstatic to see that Nicholas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives will indeed be in competition this year at Cannes. Only two years after winning the Best Director award, Refn returns with this Ryan Gosling re-teaming that also stars Kristin Scott Thomas. One look at the trailer and there is little doubt that Refn is holding anything back in his latest crime thriller.

Inside Llewyn Davis
It's no surprise that the latest outing by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, has made the cut. Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, the film stars Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, and Garrett Hedlund (see the trailer here). The Coens' last won the Palme d'Or for Barton Fink, though Fargo, The Ladykillers, and No Country for Old Men all debuted in competition here as well. Perhaps this will be the year they reclaim their prize. 

Here's the official lineup ...

Opening night film: THE GREAT GATSBY, dir Baz Luhrmann
Closing night film: ZULU, dir Jérôme Salle

In Competition
Jury chair: Steven Spielberg
ONLY GOD FORGIVES, dir Nicolas Winding Refn

BORGMAN, dir Alex Can Warmerdam

THE GREAT BEAUTY, dir Paulo Sorrentino

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, dir Steven Soderbergh

VENUS IN FURS, dir Roman Polanski

NEBRASKA, dir Alexander Payne

YOUNG AND PRETTY, dir François Ozon

THE LIFE OF ADELE, dir Abdellatif Kechiche

SHIELD OF STRAW, dir Takashi Miike

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, dir Kore-Eda Hirokazu

A TOUCH OF SIN, dir Jia Zhangke

GRISGRIS, dir Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

THE IMMIGRANT, dir James Gray

HELI, dir Amat Escalante
THE PAST, dir Asghar Farhadi

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, dir Arnaud Despallieres

INSIDE LLEWELYN DAVIS, dir Ethan and Joel Coen

UN CHATEAU EN ITALIE, dir Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

Un Certain Regarde
Jury chair: Thomas Vinterberg
THE BLING RING, dir Sofia Coppola

L'INCONNU DU LA, dir Alain Guiraudie

BENDS, dir Flora Lau

L'IMAGE MANQUANTE, dir Rithy Panh

LA JAULA DE ORO, dir Diego Quemada-Diez

ANONYMOUS, dir Mohammad Rasoulo

SARAH WOULD RATHER RUN, dir Chloé Robichaud

GRAND CENTRAL, dir Rebecca Zlotowski

FRUITVALE STATION, dir Ryan Coogler

BASTARDS, dir Claire Denis

NORTH, THE END OF HISTORY, dir Lav Diaz

AS I LAY DYING, dir James Franco

MIELE, dir Valeria Golino

OMAR, dir Hany Abu-Assad

DEATH MARCH, dir Adolfo Alix Jr.

Special Screenings
WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION, dir Roman Polanski 

SEDUCED AND ABANDONED, dir James Toback

OTDAT KONCI, dir Taisia Igumentseva

MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT, dir Stephen Frears

STOP THE POUNDING HEART, dir Robero Minervini

Midnight Screenings
MONSOON SHOOTOUT, dir Amit Kumar

BLIND DETECTIVE, dir Johnnie To

Homage to Jerry Lewis
MAX ROSE, dir Daniel Noah

Out of Competition
ALL IS LOST by J.C Chandor
BLOOD TIES by Guillaume Canet

Gala Screening, Tribute to India
BOMBAY TALKIES by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar



   

Ryland Aldrich and Peter Martin contributed to this story.

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "The Immigrant (formerly titled Low Life)
    With films like Little Odessa and We Own the Night, James Gray has always proved reliable for gritty, working-class drama,"

    Well, I liked Little Odessa(1994) but We Own the Night(2007) was a letdown for me, who knows, maybe this one will be good.

    "Only God Forgives
    Without a doubt one of the most anticipated upcoming titles, we are ecstatic to see that Nicholas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives will indeed be in competition this year at Cannes."

    "Inside Llewyn Davis
    It's no surprise that the latest outing by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, has made the cut."
    Two films I want to see, Mr Aldrich.......I´m hoping, I will one day.
    Thanks for the list Twitch crew.

  • jonpais

    Brian, I'm curious -- just how did parts of the plot of A Separation get on your nerves? I thought the screenplay was outstanding.

  • Brian Clark

    A SEPARATION SPOILERS AHEAD ----

    I really thought it was mostly quite good, but the way farhadi handled the twist (that the woman lost her baby when she wandered out after grandpa and got hit) seemed cheap and manipulative... the director is switching pov, through the entire movie, and we trust him, but then it turns out that he arbitrarily cut away from the caretaker RIGHT BEFORE THE MAJOR EVENT in order to cut back and give us a twist later. i thought there were a lot of ways he could have handled that which would not have felt so cheap. i only saw it once, but that was my impression, as far as i remember.

    its still a very good movie though.

  • jonpais

    Fair enough, Brian. Having seen the trailer for his French film, I don't have high hopes for this one...

  • tgwatkins

    Looking at the trailer of Only God Forgives, do you think Mr Refn might have watched a few Park Chan-wook & Wong Kar-wai films?

  • He's watched a lot of films by a lot of people.

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