It is always exciting. It’s always an overwhelming feeling and it keeps growing until those crazy few days full of press conferences, flashes and on and on...so imagine being there, because I’m not! There are always a few films we except, it usually has to do with the name behind the film. There are also the ones left out of the so called expected names. There are the ones you knew, but just couldn’t know they would show up. Then there are the ones who come out of nowhere, because naturally there’s got to be world wide spread and also a place for new talent. And finally I’ll probably be seeing them maybe in a year, maybe two years from now…nonetheless they all sound great and exciting.
So here we go.
Opening Film – The Great Gatsby.
Official Selection: In Competition for Palm D’Or.
“Behind the Candelabra”, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The TV movie that is supposed to be his last project.
“Borgman”, directed by Alex Van Warmerdam.
“Un Chateau En Italie”, by Valeria Bruni-Tedeshi. This is how she’ll be referred to throughout her time in Cannes, the only female director in the official selection. Her film sounds so entertaining; it’s one of those films around a family. The storyline: A family is forced to sell their Italian home.
“La Grande Bellezza”, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
“Grisgris”, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
“Heli”, directed by Amat Escalante.
“The Immigrante”, by James Gray. How many times this film’s title changed? Hmm.
“Inside Llewyn Davis”, directed by Joel & Ethan Cohen.
“Jeune et Jolie”, directed by François Ozon.
“Jimmy P”, Arnaud Desplechlin.
“Nebraska”, directed by Alexander Payne.
“Only God Forgives”, by Nicolas Winding Refn.
“The Past”, directed by Asghar Farhadi.
"Soshite Chichi Ni Naru", directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
"Tian Zhu Ding", directed by Zhangke Jia.
"Venus In Fur", directed by Roman Polanski.
"La Vie D'Adele", directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.
"Wara No Tate", directed by Takashi Miike.
Out of Competition
“All is Lost”, directed by J.C. Chander.
“Blood Ties”, directed by Guillaume Canet.
Un Certain Regard:
"Anonymous", directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.
"As I Lay Dying" directed by James Franco.
"Bends", directed by Flora Lau.
"Death March", directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.
"Fruitvale Station", directed by Ryan Coogler.
"Grand Central", directed by Rebecca Zlotowski.
"L'Image Manquante", directed by Rithy Panh.
"L'Inconnu Du Lac", directed by Alain Guiraudie.
"La Jaula De Oro", directed by Diego Quemada.
"Miele", directed by Valeria Golino.
"Norte, Hangganana Ng Kasaysayan", directed by Lav Diaz.
"Omar", directed by Hany Abu-Assad.
"Les Salauds", directed by Claire Denis.
"Sarah Prefere La Course", directed by Chloe Robichaud.
"Max Rose" (dir. Daniel Noah)
"Weekend Of A Champion" (dir. Roman Polanski)
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (dir. Stephen Frears)
"Stop The Pounding Heart" (dir. Roberto Minervini)
"Seduced & Abandoned" (dir. James Toback)
"Otdat Konci" (dir. Taisia Igumentseva)
"Bombay Talkies" (dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar).
"Zulu", directed by Jérôme Salle.
Plenty to chew on, or better, plenty of time to build anxiety, even more because what I can wait for are words about the films, its stills and clips, maybe trailers, and finally the stars of such films. Until then, waiting and waiting.