Apr 182013


The In competition & Un Certain Regard Films, as well as films from the likes of the midnight and out of competition sections of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival have been announced, and there are more than a few films to get excited about.

Check out the line-up and our picks for the 5 films we cannot wait to see after the jump.


The films are as follows:

“The Great Gatsby” (Baz Luhrmann)


“Behind the Candelabra” (Steven Soderbergh)
“Borgman” (Alex van Warmerdam)
“The Great Beauty” (Paolo Sorrentino)
“Grigris” (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
“Heli” (Amat Escalante)
“The Immigrant” (James Gray)
“Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen)
“Jeune et jolie” (Francois Ozon)
“Jimmy P.” (Arnaud Desplechin)
“La Vie d’Adele” (Abdellatif Kechiche)
“Like Father, Like Son” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
“Michael Kohlhaas” (Arnaud des Pallieres)
“Nebraska” (Alexander Payne)
“Only God Forgives” (Nicolas Winding Refn)
“The Past” (Asghar Farhadi)
“Straw Shield” (Takashi Miike)
“A Touch of Sin” (Jia Zhangke)
“Un chateau en Italie” (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)
“Venus in Fur” (Roman Polanski)


“All Is Lost” (J.C. Chandor)
“Blood Ties” (Guillaume Canet)


OPENER: “The Bling Ring” (Sofia Coppola)
“Anonymous” (Mohammad Rasoulof)
“The Bastards” (Claire Denis)
“Bends” (Flora Lau)
“Death March” (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
“Fruitvale Station” (Ryan Coogler)
“Grand Central” (Rebecca Zlotowski)
“La Jaula de Oro” (Diego Quemada-Diez)
“L’image manquante” (Rithy Panh)
“L’inconnu du lac” (Alain Guiraudie)
“Miele” (Valeria Golino)
“Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan” (Lav Diaz)
“Omar” (Hany Abu-Assad)
“Sarah prefere la course” (Chloe Robichaud)


“Blind Detective” (Johnnie To)
“Monsoon Shootout” (Amit Kumar)


“Max Rose” (Daniel Noah)


“Bite the Dust” (Taisia Igumentseva)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (Stephen Frears)
“Seduced and Abandoned” (James Toback)
“Stop the Pounding Heart” (Roberto Minervini)
“Week End of a Champion” (Roman Polanski)


“Bombay Talkies” (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)


“Zulu” (Jerome Salle)
5 films to get excited about

Only God Forgives

I’m pretty sure I’ve explained dozens of times why I’m excited for this film. We have Ryan Gosling and Winding-Refn reunited to tell a gritty story about dirty Thai boxing. The setting is hot, the score is off the charts and Kristin Scott Thomas is giving us the chills.

The Bling Ring

In a year that bought us Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring could be the perfect companion. Here we have privileged girls gone wild in pursuit of celebrity bling and dirt. This film is directed by my favourite working director and I cannot be more exited to see what she does with this tale based on real-life events.

Inside Lewyn Davis

The Cohen brothers are probably my favourite creators of dark comedy. This film looks like it sways towards the dramatic; but at its heart seems to be a character we want to get to know and support. I’m also excited to see the fabulous Oscar Isaac step up to a leading role.

The Past

In 2011 Iranian director Asghar Farhadi delivered one of the most powerful films about marriage and obligation with his award-winning film  A Separation. At this Cannes Festival he is back with The Past. I have no idea what this film is about, but based on his back catalogue, it’s going to be worth watching.

Straw Shield

I’m game for anything Miike creates, and boy has he been prolific of late. I wasn’t a fan of Hara-Kiri, but that doesn’t stop me looking forward to Straw Shield. The film is a crime action thriller about a Special Police team that must escort a vicious criminal with a $10 million bounty on his head. Knowing Miike this means action and gore galore!
What in the line-up gets you excited? Is there anything you had hoped would be there but isn’t?
By Sam McCosh