The long awaited 5th narrative film from Mexican director Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu, Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem has been announced as an in-competition entry. The film topped many Oscar prognosticators’ lists early in 2009, but was forced to be pushed back to 2010 due to delays in shooting. Release date delays always raise some questions with a film’s quality (see Green Zone, Shutter Island, The Wolf Man) and questions were definitely raised when Biutiful started floating around with no definite release date in sight. However, the announcement of its Cannes participation restores legitimacy to the Oscar hopeful.
Another film that will be in competition this year is Mike Leigh’s Another Year, his follow-up to 2008’s Happy-Go-Lucky. The film will feature the glorious pair of Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton and Mike Leigh’s astute writing and direction. Doug Liman’s political thriller Fair Game, which was also taken off the schedule in 2009 is expected to be part of the Cannes line-up. That film re-teams 21 Grams duo (IÃ±Ã¡rritu link) Sean Penn and Naomi Watts as a husband and wife who face off against the public after White House officials reveal that the wife is a CIA operative.
Fair Game represents the United States’ strongest chance at this year’s Palme d’Or. Robin Hood has already been announced as the opening night event and the other American films – Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger – are expected to play out of competition. It is still unclear if Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life will make it to the festival. If it does it would mean a double whammy for Penn.
International fare that will pop into the Cannes lineup include Julian Schnabel’s Israel-Palestinian conflict examination Miral, starring Willem Dafoe and Freida Pinto and Susanne Bier’s small town drama The Revenge. Legendary French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will likely get his Socialisme into the Official Selection along with Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy.
Speculated Cannes 2010 Films and Likely Premiere Type:
- Biutiful – Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu – In Competition
- Another Year – Mike Leigh – In Competition
- Fair Game – Doug Liman – In Competition
- Robin Hood – Ridley Scott – Opening Gala
- Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps – Oliver Stone – Out of Competition
- You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger – Woody Allen – Out of Competition
- The Tree of Life – Terence Malick – Unknown
- La Princesse de Montpensier – Bertrand Tavernier – In Competition
- Potiche – Francois Ozon – Out of Competition
- Of Gods and Men – Xavier Beauvois – Out of Competition
- Tournee – Mathieu Almaric – Out of Competition
- Poetry – Lee Chang-dong – In Competition
- Ha Ha Ha – Hang Sang-soo – In Competition
- The Housemaid – Im Sang-soo – Unknown
- The Turin Horse – Bela Tarr – In Competition
- The Frankenstein Project – Kornel Mundruczo – In Competition
- Carancho – Pablo Trapero – In Competition
- La nostra vita – Daniele Lucetti – In Competition
- The Tree – Julie Bertucelli – In Competition
- Inception – Christopher Nolan – Unknown
- Socialisme – Jean-Luc Godard – In Competition
- Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami – In Competition
- Tamara Drewe – Stephen Frears – Unknown
- Outrage – Takeshi Kitano – Unknown
- Carlos – Oliver Assayas – Unknown
- The Sound of Ice Cubes – Bertrand Blier – Unknown
- Aurora – Cristi Puiu – Unknown
- Promises Written in Water – Vincent Gallo – Unknown
The official lineup will be revealed tomorrow morning. The 2010 Cannes Film Festival will run May 12 – 23.
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