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2012 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Selections: Lafosse, Trapero and Zeitlin Joined by Michel Franco, Sylvie Verheyde and a New Cronenberg?!

This year’s Un Certain Regard section is comprised of items we didn’t think would make the cut in Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century and Lou Ye’s Mystery, items we predicted in 7 Days in Havana, Pablo Trapero’s Elefante Blanco, Joachim Lafosse’s Aimer a Perdre la Raison, Benh Zeitlin’s Sundance break-out film, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways (which clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 41 minutes). Another Canadian film in Antiviral (see still above), the debut feature of Brandon Cronenberg (son of David) is among the section’s four Camera d’Or contenders. Seeing that our most anticipated film in the Main Comp is from Mexico (Carlos Reygadas) it almost makes sense that Michel Franco’s sophomore film Despues de Lucia holds the same distinction in the UCR. His debut film Daniel and Ana was shown in the Directors’ Fortnight a couple of years back and we were floored by it. No closing or opening films have been named for the section which could increase in numbers. Here’s the working list of sixteen.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

* Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely.

* Juan Andrés Arango’s La Playa.

Nabil Ayouch’s Les Chevaux de Dieu.

Catherine Corsini’s Trois Mondes.

* Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral.

Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío and Pablo Trapero’s 7 Days in Havana.

Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern’s Le grand soir.

Michel Franco’s Despues de Lucia.

Joachim Lafosse’s Aimer a Perdre la Raison.

Lou Ye’s Mystery.

Darezhan Omirbayev’s Student.

Moussa Toure’s La Pirogue.

Pablo Trapero’s Elefante Blanco.

Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century.

Koji Wakamatsu’s 11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate.

* Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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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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