Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes Plan: Hunger Games Part 2, Liberace, Marion Cotillard, Coens On List


Everyone’s starting to talk about the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Which films will make the cut, or be ready? We already know that “The Great Gatsby” will open the festival on May 15th– even though the film will screen in New York on May 1st with a premiere and open on May 10th in the U.S. The closing film was just announced, as well–Jerome Salle’s “Zulu” with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, shot entirely in South Africa. Alexandre Desplat composed the score. Audrey Tatou will be opening night hostess.

But what else? I can tell you exclusively that at least footage and some kind of presentation will be made for the second chapter of “The Hunger Games,” called “Catching Fire.” This is a good way to get newly crowned Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence into Cannes, along with castmates like Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Toby Jones.

I’m also told that Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, may go into competition. The HBO film here will be a theatrical release abroad. It’s all about Liberace, and those who’ve screened it already say it’s a winner. With a script by Richard La Gravenese, and the potential of a real Hollywood star– Debbie Reynolds– coming to town, plus this being Soderbergh’s last movie (at least for a while), this could be a sensation.

Also on the docket: “Inside Llewyn Davis” from the Coen Bros, already bought by CBS Films here, and said to be a knockout. Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman lead the cast of this 1960 saga of folk music in Greenwich Village. What’s the common demoninator between the Village of that era and France? The beret, mon frere!

And two titles I’ve heard mentioned: James Gray’s “Lowlife” starring Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, and Joaquin Phoenix. Jon S. Baird’s “Filth” starring James McAvoy, Imogene Poots, and Jamie Bell could give the festival the jolt usually reserved for Lars von Trier. It’s supposedly very dark, and very “out there.” The Croissette is ready!

Keep checking, as with Cannes, c’est la vie, everything changes…

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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