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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone

Gist: The shot in the Antibes, bigger budgeted thriller for Audiard pits an unemployed 25-year-old man (Matthias Schoenaerts) who falls in love with a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard).

Prediction: It’s an oddball year for Cannes, as a trio of highly anticipated international titles actually receive their domestic France release during the fest — all signs point to a Croisette red carpet premiere for May 23rd releases for Cannes hopefuls Cosmopolis and On the Road along with the May 17th, Rust & Bone (Un goût de rouille et d’os). A Main Competition entry appears very likely as Audiard (who has shown three in Cannes so far) had 1996’s A Self-Made Hero and A Prophet (2009) winning awards for Best Screenplay and the Grand Prix respectively in the section and with foreign film distrib Sony Pictures Classics in the film’s corner, the 20-or-so line-up would feel incomplete without the title.

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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