Monday, June 17, 2024

Cannes Update: Pedro, Woody, van Sant, Pirates, Malick Will Make All Star Festival!


UPDATE 6:15am–All the films below were confirmed, including the Almodovar. Big surprise! Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” will be shown.

The official Cannes announcement doesn’t come until tomorrow morning, but a lot of the Cannes Film Festival is shaping up very nicely. With Robert DeNiro heading up the jury, the list of films so far is excellent. I can confirm that Pedro Almodovar is coming with a thriller, “The Skin I Live In,” starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon avenging the death of his daughter.

Earlier today the Festival announced Gus van Sant‘s “Restless” will open Un Certain Regard (formerly the Directors’ Fortnight) starring Mia Wasikowska, Schuyler Fisk (the talented daughter of Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk), and Dennis Hopper’s son, Henry Hopper. (His mother is Katherine LaNasa, Hopper’s third wife.) We’re also going to have Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris” as the Cannes-opener, the latest episode of “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and maybe Sean’s gf, Scarlett Johansson.

Jack Fisk, Schuyler’s dad, is also Malick’s long time production designer, so you can start to imagine the list of celebs on the Croisette this year. Also, Carla Bruni appears in Woody Allen’s film, so it could mean French president Sarkozy will be on the red carpet opening night. Sacre Bleu! Add those names to Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush— and that’s just a start.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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