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Antonini-esque Cannes Poster plus Our Cannes 2009 Predictions

Cannes launched their new website and a spanking brand new poster hours before the anticipated announcement of the films that will make up the 2009 edition. This year’s one sheet (a banner that will litter the entire Croisette) is an homage to last year’s dearly departed Michelangelo Antonioni and his masterwork l’Avventura.

Cannes launched their new website (visit here) and a spanking brand new poster hours before the anticipated announcement of the films that will make up the 2009 edition. This year’s one sheet (a banner that will litter the entire Croisette) is an homage to last year’s dearly departed Michelangelo Antonioni and his masterwork l’Avventura.

Created by Annick Durban, Cannes says this is “a mysterious female silhouette, caught in mid-movement, seems to be opening a window onto the magic of cinema and invites us into a dream…” See the poster after my predictions-jump.

Cannes Predictions
Variety, THR, Screen Daily and IndieWire have had an easier time in coming up with their predictions for the Cannes slate in a year where there is an influx of titles from returning main stays. We are looking at approximately 22 pictures to be held over for the main competition (not including the opener and closer), and my list of predictions pretty much seconds some of the choices from the trades mentioned above. Here are the films and filmmakers who should be selected tomorrow and worth the mention is that this year’s selections for the Un Certain Regard section should be a strong one. I’ve included some Vegas odds on those that I have listed and I’m thinking that those with the less favourable odds might be replaced by some Eastern European or Latin American film flying so low on the radar that I’m currently not paying attention to, or perhpas long shots in John Hillcoat’s The Road and Hong Sang-soo ‘s You Don’t Even Know. If you think there are oversights, drop me a word below.

In Competition (Predictions)
A Prophet — Jacques Audiard (France) 9-1
Air Doll — Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan) 6/5
Antichrist — Lars von Trier (Denmark) 1/1
Bright Star — Jane Campion (U.K.) 1/1
Chloe — Atom Egoyan (Canada) 12-1
Face — Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan) 3-1
Fish Tank — Andrea Arnold (U.K.) 7/5
Inglourious Basterds — Quentin Tarantino (U.S.) 1/1
The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus — Terry Gilliam 15-1
In the Beginning (À l’origine) – Xavier Giannoli (France) 15-1
The Illusionist — Sylvain Chomet (U.K., France) 3-1
Looking For Eric — Ken Loach (U.K.) 2/1
Los Abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) — Pedro Almodovar (Spain) 3/2
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo — Isabel Coixet (Spain) 8/5
Micmacs à tire-larigot – Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France) 9/5
Soul Kitchen — Faith Akin 2/1
Taking Woodstock – Ang Lee (U.S.) 2/1
To Paint or Make Love — Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu (France) 9-1
Triage — Danis Tanovic (Ireland/Belgium) 15-1
Untitled Michael Moore Film (U.S.) 100-1
Where the Wild Things Are — Spike Jonze 50-1
White Ribbon — Michael Haneke (Germany) 1/1

Closing Film: Vengeance — Johnnie To (France/Hong Kong)

Cannes 2009 Poster IONCINEMA.com

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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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