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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Movies at Cannes Film Festival 2013

Written by on May 14, 2013 

Beginning tomorrow, film fans and filmmakers alike will convene for one of cinema’s finest events, the Cannes Film Festival. Despite The Great Gatsby kicking things off, this year’s 66th edition is the perfect counterpart to the summer blockbuster season, showcasing a variety of films that are near the top of our most-anticipated of the year list.

Ahead of the festival, which sees a jury headed by Steven Spielberg, we’ve set out to rundown the 20 films that are highest on our radar. We’ll be sticking to premieres only, so if you want our takes on a few Sundance titles that are making their way to France just click on the respective titles: Fruitvale Station, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Magic Magic. For everything else, check out the list below in alphabetical order and let us know what you are most looking forward to in the comments.

All Is Lost (J.C Chandor)

Robert Redford is a smart, smart man. Not only does he spearhead the Sundance Film Festival, but he shapes the talent he brings there and tags along when it comes to future projects. We recently got the news that he’s attached to the next work from Ain’t Them Bodies director David Lowery and this year’s Cannes will see his collaboration with another recent talent. Coming off his fast-talking financial thriller Margin Call, director J.C. Chandor is going boldly and directly into the opposite direction with All is Lost. Led solely by Redford, the film follows our lead character at sea braving the elements and there’s reportedly zero lines of dialogue — excited yet? Check back after its May 22nd premiere when all will be revealed. – Jordan R.

The Bastards (Claire Denis)

More than a couple of years out from White Material — what was, to this writer’s mind, an underwhelming effort — one of modern cinema’s most revered names has roared back into the cineaste spotlight. Rundowns promise something a little juicy in The Bastards, but nothing amongst Denis’s intoxicatingly tactile filmography could be respectfully illustrated via mere words; this is an artist of sounds and images, the type who feels primarily concerned with how they enrich one another while spinning a narrative along the way. In The Bastards, let’s hope these pieces can converge as forcefully as her finest hours. – Nick N.

Behind The Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)

After years of development, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic finally hits the big screen, and its subject matter is no less interesting. The late entertainer was synonymous with excess, a fact that isn’t lost on the director; from the looks of the trailer and stills, there are more than enough colorful capes, bejewelled suits and frothy stage shows to go around. Michael Douglas, an actor best known for his hyper-masculine roles in films such as Wall Street and Basic Instinct, should garner the most attention as he tackles playing the flamboyant, secretly gay piano virtuoso. However, the unorthodox casting choices don’t end there, as Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd and Rob Lowe also contribute to telling the true story of Liberace’s relationship with his young chauffeur. – Amanda W.

The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)

I mentioned on a recent episode of our podcast that Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (due to hit theaters on June 14) is my most-anticipated movie of the summer, so it’s hardly a surprise that it’s also among the Cannes titles I’m most interested in gauging (even if the film was relegated to the Un Certain Regard section). Coppola is easily one of my favorite working American filmmakers: those who trivially dismiss her for only making movies about whiny rich people have apparently failed to notice the fact that her four features to date have employed vastly diverse, excitingly different aesthetics, her eye and ear changing and shifting with each passing film. (There is, too, the more essential point that great directors are always grappling with parallel themes and interests.) The movie has some sentimental value as well: it’s the last credited work of the late cinematographer Harris Savides. (The Bling Ring’s second credited lenser, Christopher Blauvelt, who shot Meek’s Cutoff, is no slouch in his own right.) It will be intriguing, too, to see where the film falls on the sun-drenched spectrum of 2013 movies about the American dream: from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers to Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, it’s clearly the most pervasive theme of the year so far. – Danny K.

Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

After crafting the taut thriller Tell No One, director Guillaume Canet is returning to crime drama territory with his English-language debut and he’s set to launch the project at Cannes Film Festival. Blood Ties sees the director going back to 1970s Brooklyn with the talented cast of Rust & Bone stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard, as well as Zoe Saldana, Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and James Caan. The remake of a 2008 thriller follows two brothers who are different sides of the law that team together and although it’s screening out of competition, we hope it’s a worthy Hollywood break-out for Canet. – Jordan R.

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