The 2012 Cannes lineup doesn’t require any more heft — a statement that’s clearly a given when you’ve got some Kiarostami, a little Haneke, a dash of the Berg-s Cronen and Vinter, and Madagascar 3. But there’s a brief update on the lineup of films, with THR informing us that seven (non-competition) titles have been added to the slate in various other categories.
SXSW hit Gimme the Loot (from Adam Leon), Aida Begic‘s Decca are hoping to make a splash in Un Certain Regard, while the “latest work of art” from Gilles Bourdos, Renoir, is closing out that territory. Cannes Classics, meanwhile, will conclude with Final Cut – Hölgyeim És Uraim, a Hungarian “montage film” from director Gyorgy Palfi (Taxidermia) and producer Béla Tarr.
Wayne Blair‘s The Sapphires and Franck Khalfoun‘s (P2) Maniac will appear under the Midnight Screenings banner; neither are total unknowns, either. We reported on the former in August, being a Chris O’Dowd-led semi-biography of “four Aboriginal soul singers from a remote community who travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops.” The latter is the first-person POV remake of the controversial ’80s horror picture, starring Elijah Wood. A perfect midnight entry, in that sense.
In the documentary format, Candida Brady‘s U.K. effort, Trashed, is getting what’s only referred to as a “special screening.” (I don’t know what that may entail, but it counts for something.) They’re almost all complete and total mysteries to yours truly, but the sense of discovery is what makes Cannes — or most film festivals, really — all the more special.
We’ll know more when things kick off on May 16th.
Do any of these new titles capture your attention?
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