The Cannes Film Festival this morning announced the 19 films screening in competition (the festival opens May 15, with the previously announced “The Great Gatsby” as the opener), and it looks those headed to France for the fest (I’m not, alas) will have plenty to see. Among the more prominent titles are Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon (an unexpected choice, as it’s getting an HBO release rather than a theatrical one); Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” written by local screenwriter (and “Almost Live” alumnus) Bob Nelson and starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” based on the play by David Ives; “Like Father, Like Son,” from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (who made one of my favorite films last year, “I Wish”); the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a ’60s folk-music tale starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake; “Only God Forgives,” from Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas; Francois Ozon’s musical tale of a young girl, “Jeune et jolie”; and much more. Earlier this week, the festival announced that Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” would open the Un Certain Regard competition. More titles will likely be announced before the festival’s opening, but already, it looks like a strong year.
April 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM