2013 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL TITLES ANNOUNCED
Some pretty exciting announcements were made earlier today for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, set to begin May 15, 2013 for a full eleven full days. In addition to Baz Luhmann‘s The Great Batsby 3-D opening the Festival, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, who teamed-up on 2010’s excellent Drive will be back with Only God Forgives, which is in the race for the prestigious Palme d’Or; Kristin Scott Thomas also stars in the Film about a Gangster in Bangkok.
Several other notable Directors also will be well-represented at the Festival this year, hoping to impress Jury President Steven Spielberg:
Alexander Payne (Sideways) who competes with Nebraska, about a Father and estranged Son on a road trip to claim their Sweepstakes Prize; Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach and Will Forte star.
Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) competes with HBO‘s Behind the Candelabra, which gets a Television release in North America; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star in this Liberace Biopic.
The Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men) competes with Inside Llewyn Davis, set in New York City’s Folk Scene during the ’60s; Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman star.
Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) competes with Venus in Fur about an Actress who tries convincing a Director she is fit for a role; stars Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner. Polanski has a Documentary also out-of-competition in Weekend of a Champion.
James Gray (Two Lovers) competes with The Immigrant, about an innocent Woman tricked into a life of Burlesque, until a Magician saves her; stars Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix.
Several other notable Films also will compete out-of-competition, including:
Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight starring Danny Glover, Frank Langella and Christopher Plummer.
Sophia Coppola‘s (Lost in Translation) The Bling Ring, which we’re eagerly awaiting, starring Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga.
Ron Howard‘s (A Beautiful Mind) Rush, a Biopic about Formula 1 Driver Niki Lauda; stars Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer.
The Festival also is a Pre-Cursor to some of the great Films we see at the Toronto International Film Festival and surely Toronto’s Film and Celebrity Watchers must be excited at the possibility of some of these being here this September!
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