Monday, May 27, 2024

Cannes: Ethan Coen Beats Mick Jagger to the Punch, Elvis and His Granddaughter Make the Scene As Well


The 2022 Cannes line up has been announced.

There’s no David Lynch film but plenty of familiar names among directors including David Cronenberg, the Dardennes brothers, and many others.

Already announced out of competition and just for fun are “Top Gun Maverick” and Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.”

But there will be interest in a documentary about Jerry Lewis by Ethan Coen. His brother, Joel, recently released “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Ethan obviously had his own project. “Trouble in Mind” could be anything but knowing Ethan Coen it’s a study of Lewis’s more macabre side– two of seven wives died, two children died, he married a cousin, etc.

Mick Jagger had already announced that he was producing a Lewis film through his Jagged Films with the late Steve Bing, before the latter’s untimely death. So what’s going on there is a bit of a curve ball.

Horror is a big part of Cannes this year. The festival opens with Michel Hazanavicius’s “Z Comme Z,” aka “Final Cut,” the French remake of a Japanese horror film. Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” looks from its teaser to be very much horror/thriller with a little sci fi.

And just t make the “Elvis” presentation interesting, the late legend’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, has co-directed a film called “Untitled Pine Ridge Project.” One description (thanks to This tell the stories of three Lakota men on Pine Ridge Reservation. A tale about belonging this features an East Ridge child belonging to a family, a North Ridge man belonging to “America” and a Wounded Knee elder belonging to his tribe.

There are films by many familiar names including Claire Denis, Cristian Mungiu, Kelly Reichardt, and James Gray, who will bring the star studded “Armageddon Time” with Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Jeremy Strong, Cate Blanchett, Robert De Niro and so on. Gray’s film has a distributor, Focus Features, which may bring some of these people — including Anthony Hopkins — to the red carpet.

Sacre bleu!

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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