Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes 2014: Ryan Gosling Directing Debut, New Godard, Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” New Film from “The Artist” Director, Tommy Lee Jones Directs Meryl Streep


The 2014 Cannes Film Festival line up was announced this morning in Paris. The selections are intriguing. “Grace of Monaco” opens the fest, hopefully very changed from its early reports. Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is one of two films from Sony Pictures Classics including Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner”; David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” isn’t theirs yet but feels like it. Also out there is Tommy Lee Jones’s “The Homesman” with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep. Clips from it are generating a lot of buzz.

Of much interest is Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Search” and a directing debut from Ryan Gosling called “Lost River” with Eva Mendes. There’s also a new film from 83 year old legend Jean Luc Godard. And what would Cannes be without Ken Loach, whose films are made for his own cult followers? On the imdb they say: “Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood.” That’s an understatement! Also at the festival: “Eleanor Rigby,” a very fine film with Oscar potential from Ned Benson with Jessica Chastain and James McEvoy.

Godard, by the way, has made his first 3D movie with “Goodbye to Language.” It’s only 70 minutes, but should stir up a storm on the Croissette! Also, Cannes officials are said to in discussions with religious officials about preventing any rain this year (just kidding).


Grace of Monaco, Olivier Dahan

Goodbye to Language, Jean-Luc Godard
The Captive, Atom Egoyan
Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas
Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller
The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones
Jimmy’s Hall, Ken Loach
La Meraviglie, Alice Rohrwacher
Leviathan, Andrei Zvyagintsev
Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg
Mommy, Xavier Dolan
Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh
Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello
The Search, Michel Hazanavicius
Still the Water, Naomi Kawase
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Wild Tales, Damian Szifron
Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan

Coming Home, Zhang Yimou
How to Train Your Dragon 2Dean DeBlois
Les Gens du Monde, Yves Jeuland

Amour fou, Jessica Hausner
Bird PeoplePascale Ferran
The Blue Room, Mathieu Amalric
Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
Dohee-ya, July Jung
Eleanor Rigby, Ned Benson
Fantasia, Wang Chao
Harcheck mi headroKeren Yedaya
Hermosa Juventud, Jaime Rosales
Incompresa, Asia Argento
JaujaLisandro Alonso
Lost River, Ryan Gosling
Party Girl, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (OPENER)
Run, Philippe Lacote
The Salt of the EarthWim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Snow in Paradise, Andrew Hulme
Titli, Kanu Behl
Tourist, Ruben Ostlund

The Rover, David Michod
The SalvationKristian Levring
The Target, Yoon Hong-seung

The Bridges of Sarajevo, Various
Eau argentee, Mohammed Ossama
Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa
Red ArmyPolsky Gabe
Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie, Stephanie Valloatto

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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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