#1. Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P.
Gist: Desplechin’s first film in 5 years, his first English language, U.S. production pits muse Mathieu Amalric vs. Benicio Del Toro as the titular Picard. Adapted from Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, by acclaimed ethnologist and psychologist Georges Devereux. It is the true story of a friendship between a Native American and a French psychoanalyst.
Prediction: With the exception of 2004’s Kings and Queen, Desplechin has been a staple of the film fest dating back to Critics’ Week showing of his debut film La Vie Des Morts (1991), and then almost all Main Comp showings of La Sentinelle (1992), My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (1996), Esther Kahn (2000), Playing ‘In the Company of Men’ (2003) and his last picture, 2008’s A Christmas Tale. If Del Toro and/or Amalric come home empty-handed with Best Actor prizes, then this means a top three finish. Now the big pre-fest guess is how long is the run time?