Monday, May 27, 2024

Cannes 2013: Very American Choices for Spielberg’s Jury Include Soderbergh, Franco, Payne, Coens


The Cannes line up for 2013 is out. It’s unusually American, which may reflect Steven Spielberg’s appointment as head of the jury. It’s a very good list. I told you already that James Toback, the Coen Bros. Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola, and Roman Polanski were all in the mix. The most interesting choice is James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying.” This is a passion project that Franco worked very hard on. The Faulkner estate took great care setting it up with Franco, too. This year’s Cannes will bring a crowd of Hollywood stars to the Croissette too including Ryan Gosling, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, etc. Plus Jerry Lewis, beloved in France, will make his acting comeback in “Max Rose.” And there’s a big celebration of India. Plus the opening night movie “The Great Gatsby.”


Nicolas Winding Refn Only God Forgives

Alexander Payne Nebraska

Steven Soderbergh Beyond the Candelabra

Asghar Farhadi The Past

Francois Ozon Jeune et Jolie

James Gray The Immigrant

Roman Polanski Venus in Fur

Arnaud Desplechin Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Joel and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis

Arnaud Despallieres Michael Kohlhaas

Amat Escalante Heli

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Grisgris

Jia Zhangke A Touch of Sin (Tian Zhu Ding)

Takashi Miike Shield of Straw (Wara No Tate)

Kore-Eda Hirokazu Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru)

Abdellatif Kechiche La Vie d’Adele

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Un Chateau en Italie

Alex Van Warmerdam Borgman

Paolo Sorrentino The Great Beauty



Alain Guiraudie L’Inconnu do Lac

Valeria Golino Miele

Flora Lau Bends 

James Franco As I Lay Dying

Rithy Panh L’Image Manquante

Diego Quemada-Diez La Jaula de Oro

Mohammad Rasolouf Anonymous

Claire Denis Les Salauds 

Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station 

Hany Abu-Assad Omar

Adolfo Alix Jr. Death March

Sofia Coppola The Bling Ring 

Rebecca Zlotowski Grand Central

Chloe Robichaud Sarah Prefere La Course

Lav Diaz Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan



Guillaume Canet Blood Ties

J.C. Chandor All is Lost  



Johnnie To Blind Detective

Amit Kumar Monsoon Shootout  



Taisia Igumentseva Otdat Konci

James Toback Seduced and Abandoned

Roman Polanski Weekend of a Champion

Roberto Minervini Stop the Pounding Heart

Stephen Frears Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight 



Daniel Noah Max Rose  



Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee Bombay Talkies

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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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