CANNES 2012 PREVIEW
Could the 65th Cannes Film Festival be the one that has it all?
It’s that classic dilemma we’ve all faced: do you watch an arresting drama by austere Austrian arthouse giant Michael Haneke or a Matthew Maconaughey double-bill? Well, at Cannes 2012, no one has to make that painful choice. Not only do we have new films from Europe’s most lauded filmmakers, we also have not one but two never-before-seen works from Hollywood’s favourite Southern-fried Adonis. We’re still in too much shock to mention that Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson and Kylie are there, too.
For starters, one of the most exciting line-ups in years reads like a who’s who of past Cannes champions. Michael Haneke (Palme d'Or winner for The White Ribbon) brings the laughs with Love, a drama about an elderly woman who suffers a stroke. Rust And Bone, by Jacques Audiard (Gran Prix winner for Un Prophet), sounds almost as cheery: Marion Cotillard plays a woman who – we kid you not – loses her legs thanks to a whale.
The big-hitters keep coming. Mateo Garrone (Gran Prix winner for his tremendous Mafia expose Gomorrah) takes a crack at reality TV with Reality. Cristian Mingu (Palme d’Or winner for abortion heartbreaker 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with Beyond The Hills, about “exorcism and redemption”. And maybe most exciting of all, the extraordinary Mexican magician Carlos Reygadas (Jury Prize for Silent Light) returns with his first movie in five years, Post Tenebras Lux.
Heavy, magnificent stuff, in all probability. But “boring” isn’t going to be a word we’ll use much at this year’s festival. Which is madder? Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue in Holy Motors, an awesome-sounding movie about a man who travels between the lives of a murderer, beggar, CEO and a monster? Or Robert Pattison grabbing his first interesting role as a self-destructing billionaire in David Cronenberg’s insane-looking thriller Cosmopolis?
R-Patz’s Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart is also at Cannes, starring in The Motorcycle Diaries’ Walter Salles’ long-awaited adap of Jack Kerouac’s ultimate trip On The Road. Hollywood all-stars, in fact, are trampling the red carpet in force this year.
Brad Pitt returns in crime thriller Killing Them Softly by The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik. Precious director Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy stars Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, MacConaughey and Zac Efron in a story about a convicted murderer. Bounty-hunter drama Mud from US indie hotshot Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) stars that man MacConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Prohibition drama Lawless, directed and written by The Proposition duo John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, stars Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Shia LaBeouf.
And anyone who’s not starring in those films can probably be seen in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, John Malkovich, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel). For cineastes, there’s also a surprise appearance from 89-year-old French arthouse hero Alain Resnais, whose Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vu translates as “You Ain't See Nothing Yet”. Let’s hope he’s right.
TOP 5 ONES TO WATCH
2. Post Tenebras Lux
4. Killing Them Softly