Official Cannes 2012 Line-Up Features a Few Potential Oscar Contenders

Image from Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

Once again the Cannes Film Festival has announced a line-up that could make any film buff salivate. Several of today’s most revered auteurs are featured in the line-up prepared to show off their latest production. Names like Wes Anderson, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Abbas Kiarostami, Andrew Dominik, Jacques Audiard, and Alain Resnais are sure to make for a fantastic festival.

It had already been announced that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival and now we know the closing film will be Therese D from director Claude Miller. In Competition we will be seeing a rematch of 2009’s festival when Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon won the Palme d’Or over Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet. Audiard will be back with his Marion Cotillard starring Rust and Bone and Haneke will be unveiling his drama Amour. Several filmmakers who had astounding recent efforts will be following those up this year. Abbas Kiarostami will be following up Certified Copy with Like Someone in Love, Im Sang-soo will be following up The Housewife with Taste of Money, and Matteo Garrone will be following up Gomorrah with Big House.

If the trends remain the same that they always have, then it means Americans will likely not be seeing most of the foreign entries until early next year. However, several of them are likely to be competitors in the 2013 Best Foreign Film race, as trends reveal that 2-3 Cannes Film Festival entries are nominated in that category.

There are several English language titles that will be premiering in Cannes before getting a U.S. release date later this year. David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis will give us a glimpse at potential Oscar worthy performances from Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Andrew Dominik will be premiering the third film of his career with Killing Them Softly, an action movie starring Brad Pitt. The film that likely has the highest Oscar potential is John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Shia Labeouf, and Dane DeHaan.

View the complete list of entries below via The Guardian and share which film you would see if you could only pick one in the comments.

Opening Night

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson

In Competition

Amour, Michael Haneke
The Angels’ Share, Ken Loach
Baad el mawkeaa, Yousry Nasrallah
Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu
Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg
Holy Motors, Leos Carax
The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg
Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik
In Another Country, Hong Sang-soo
In the Fog, Sergei Loznitsa
Lawless, John Hillcoat
Like Someone in Love, Abbas Kiarostami
Mud, Jeff Nichols
On the Road, Walter Salles
The Paperboy, Lee Daniels
Paradies: Liebe, Ulrich Seidl
Post tenebras lux, Carlos Reygadas
Reality, Matteo Garrone
Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard
Taste of Money, Im Sang-soo
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet, Alain Resnais

Out of Competition

Hemingway & Gellhorn, Philip Kaufman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Me and You, Bernardo Bertolucci

Un Certain Regard

7 Days in Havana, Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noe, Laurent Cantet
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate, Koji Wakamatsu
Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
Confession of a Child of the Century, Sylvie Verheyde
Despues de Lucia, Michel Franco
La Pirogue, Moussa Toure
La Playa, Juan Andres Arango
Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan
Le grand soir, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern
Les Chevaux de Dieu, Nabil Ayouch
Loving Without Reason, Joachim Lafosse
Miss Lovely, Ashim Ahluwalia
Mystery, Lou Ye
Student, Darezhan Omirbayev
Trois mondes, Catherine Corsini
White Elephant, Pablo Trapero

Midnight Screenings

Dario Argento’s Dracula, Dario Argento
The Legend of Love & Sincerity, Japan, Takashi Miike

Special Screenings

A musica segundo, Tom Jobim, Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
The Central Park Five, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Der Mull im Garten Eden, Fatih Akin
Journal de France, Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon
Les Invisibles, Sebastien Lifshitz
Mekong Hotel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, Laurent Bouzereau
Villegas, Gonzalo Tobal

Closing Night Film

Therese D, Claude Miller

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival begins May 16 and will run through May 27.

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