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Thinking ahead towards Cannes

Some post Berlin pieces from Screen Daily and The Hollywood Reporter offer lists of shoe-in selections for the main comp and out of comp categories on the Croisette this coming May. Von Trier, Tarantino, Campion, Loach, Almodovar, Jarmusch, Akin, Haneke, Tanovic, Michael Moore and Claire Denis should be making the trek down, but I’m surprised to see that both pieces fail to mention the likes of Woody Allen and Terrence Malick as possible attendees.

Some post Berlin pieces from Screen Daily and The Hollywood Reporter offer lists of shoe-in selections for the main comp and out of comp categories on the Croisette this coming May. Von Trier, Tarantino, Campion, Loach, Almodovar, Jarmusch, Akin, Haneke, Tanovic, Michael Moore and Claire Denis should be making the trek down, but I’m surprised to see that both pieces fail to mention the likes of Woody Allen and Terrence Malick as possible attendees. I wonder if Thierry Fremaux has made a trip over to the Malick ranch. I imagine the filmmaker is currently in post with Tree of Life and perhaps he is the only filmmaker (among all those listed in the articles) who is not in a rush. I also wonder why Allen wasn’t mentioned in either articles especially since Sony Pictures Classics have slotted Whatever Works for a Tuesday (?) June 23rd release. It just makes sense to follow a Vicky Cristina Barcelona splash in Cannes with a non comp showing in May for the comedy with Larry David.  

Screen Daily also had a fairly good round-up for what we might see from the Asian film front:…they list Park Chan-wook‘s Thirst, Tsai Ming-Liang‘s Visages, Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s Air Doll, Johnnie To‘s Vengeance, Tian Zhuangzhuang‘s The Warrior And The Wolf, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang‘s Nymph, Bong Joon Ho‘s Mother and Hong Sang-Soo‘s newest offering as possible candidates.

At this point the only thing I do know is: I won’t be getting much sleep during the festival dates 13th to the 24th.

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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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