May 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM
No, I’m not at the Cannes Film Festival, more’s the pity. But let’s check in on the news from the festival, which continues through Sunday:
- Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” once thought to be an Oscar contender last year but held back for extra time in the editing room, screened Monday night and won raves. The film, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is a based-on-fact drama about a wealthy man obsessed with a pair of Olympic wrestler brothers; Miller, on a two-movie Best Picture nominee streak for “Capote” and “Moneyball” (guess he likes those one-word titles), is already hearing Oscar buzz.
- Also getting good reviews: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” (a biopic about British artist J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall); Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman,” the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, One Night” (featuring a star turn by Marion Cotillard), and Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy).
- Cannes isn’t just a place to show completed films, but to announce new projects. Two of the most intriguing: “The Guns of August,” a World War I drama directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”) and starring Helena Bonham Carter as her own step-great-grandmother Margot Asquith (!); and “Room,” an adaptation of the devastating Emma Donoghue novel in which a woman and her young son are imprisoned in a small room. Brie Larson will star; Lenny Abramson will direct.