It’s holiday time for cinema-lovers, as the 67th Cannes Film Festival begins. At a 12-day party that also serves as a film festival, this year’s lineup comes heavy on drama and light on humor.
This year’s films feature Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and much more, while we can witness the visions of David Cronenberg,
Mike Leigh, Jean-Luc Godard, Tommy Lee Jones, and a first-time director Ryan Gosling.
18 films will be competing for the Palme d’Or prize awarded by a majority female jury headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, who is the only woman ever to receive the top Cannes award for her 1993 film “The Piano”.
And as the festival launches on Wednesday, with it comes a slew of films sure to shock, surprise and provoke, just as last year’s Palme D’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color” did when it world premiered at the event.
Daniel Wolfe’s feature-length debut “Catch Me Daddy” premieres at Directors’ Fortnight with the expectations of something frantic and moody. The UK production is described by the British Film Council as the story of a teenager who skips town with her boyfriend after he abandons the army.
With a pair of bounty hunters on their tail, the young woman continually faces the advances of her menacing father until she finally manages to confront him. The bizarre nature of the plot – protective family measures with a deadly twist – and the supposed momentum it develops as it barrels ahead is sure to provide some added excitement to the Croisette.
Both Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart have nothing to prove, as they both have indie credentials, but with Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” they are making their first foray into European art house fare, and therefore, have the potential to surprise.
Bennett Miller has yet to make a bad movie, and all signs point to his third effort, “Foxcatcher” being a success. Produces Megan Ellison backed the film, and Miller is once again working off a screenplay by Dan Futterman. So what could surprise about the project?
Probably the performances of Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. Boasting a prosthetic nose, Carell doesn’t look like himself, not does he sound it with an eerie drawl sure to give you the creeps. His co-star seems to have matched him in the transformation department with “hardest acting challenge to date,” as Tatum plays a wrestling champion.
David Cronenberg returns to Cannes with “Maps to the Stars,” his fifth film to premiere in competition, and, surprisingly, his first set in Hollywood. Despite the new setting, the film’s trailers hint at a return to the shocking provocations of his 1996 “Crash” – his only film to ever win at Cannes – with Julianne Moore stealing the show as a manic actress who engages in backseat sex with a limo drive, played by Robert Pattinson.
Sporting blonde hair, plumped up lips, and a frenzied disposition, Moore’s work here seems unlike anything the actress has delivered before.