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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12

#95. Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12

Gist: Winner of the Grand Jury and Audience Award (it would have easily measured up against any film at Sundance and garnered the same response) Cretton’s quickly shot sophomore film follows one year after I Am Not A Hipster saw its premiere at Sundance 2012. Based on his short film, this is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers.

Prediction: SXSW preemed films have managed to sneak into the Cannes Film Festival line-up in the past two editions with Gimme the Loot which cracked the Un Certain Regard section, and the year before that The Myth of the American Sleepover hit Critics’ Week. Both of those were debuts. This year, Cretton could be the second jury prize winner in a row and it helps that the star quotient is almost non-existent…this despite the fact that Brie Larson’s star wattage will burst come Gotham and Indie Spirit awards time next year. So if the stars align and this befriends one of the Cannes programmers it’ll make its international debut in the needle in a haystack Critics’ Week, or possibly in the Directors’ Fortnight and Un Certain Regard sections rather than show up at the market screenings on the Croisette instead.

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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