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Thursday, March 03, 2016

2016 Cannes Possible Films - The Buzz


Now, when the American awards season is finally over and while still there are some European annual awards to come, it's time to think about great cinema again and think about the mother of all festivals. Yay!

Alright, this is not my wish list but a compendium of possible films that could make it to Cannes this year. List is made from several Cannes articles plus some lists with most anticipated films of 2016, films I've been tracking and my daily readings.

As we already know, Cannes begins in Berlin, not in the red carpet but in the industry market so it's no surprise that many articles appeared while the Berlinale and after the Berlinale market closed.

Before going deep into the list let me remind you that the 69th edition of the Festival de Cannes will run from May 11 to 22, George Miller is the Official Competition Jury President and the selection will be unveiled in mid-April by Thierry Frémaux.

As a matter of fact there are many probabilities that Thierry Frémaux (Official Selection), Edouard Waintrop (Quinzaine) and Charles Tesson (Semaine de la Critique) will have to do their selections from a similar list. But no matter if films make it or not, the most exciting news is that 2016 looks like another great year for outstanding cinema as there are films by many of my favorite directors. So let's start the cinema feast with the possibility that soon we will be able to enjoy many magnificent films.

France
Sólveig Anspach with L'effet aquatique 
Fanny Ardant with Le divan de Staline (Stalin's Divan)
Olivier Assayas with Personal Shopper (Kristen Stewart!)
Edouard Baer with  Ouvert la nuit (Open at Night)
Christophe Barratier with L'esprit d'équipe (Team Spirit)
Claude Barras with Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) (animation)
Emmanuelle Bercot with La fille de Brest (150 Milligrams) (Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel)
Bertrand Bonello with (now very controversial) Paris est une fête (Paris is Happening)
Stéphane Brizé with Une vie (A Woman's Life)
Delphine and Muriel Coulin with Voir du pays (The Stopover)
Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai with Rocco (documentary)
Stéphanie Di Giusto with La danseuse (The Dancer)
Bruno Dumont with Ma loute (Slack Bay) - (Juliette Binoche!)
Sara Forestier with M.
Nicole Garcia with Mal de Pierres (From the Land of the Moon) (Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel!)
Alain Guiraudie with Rester Vertical (Staying Vertical)
Tran Anh Hung with Eternité (Eternity) - (Mélanie Laurent, Bérénice Bejo, Jérémie Renier)
Benoît Jacquot with Son Corps (The Body Artist)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa with La femme de la plaque argentique (The Woman in the Silver Plate) (Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric!)
Gilles Marchand with Dans la forêt (Into The Forest)
François Ozon with Frantz
Arnaud des Pallières with Orpheline (Orphan) (Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gemma Arterton)
Raoul Peck with Le jeune Karl Marx (Young Karl Marx)
Antonin Peretjatko with La loi de la jungle (Struggle for Life)
Katell Quillévéré with Réparer les vivants (The Heart) - (Tahar Rahim)
Axel Ropert with La prunelle de mes yeux (The Apple of My Eye)
Albert Serra with La mort de Louis XIV (The Death of Louis XIV)
Morgan Simon with Compte tes blessures (Taste of Ink)
Justine Triet with Victoria
Paul Vecchiali with Le cancre (Catherine Deneuve)
Paul Verhoeven with Elle (Isabelle Hupert!)
Wim Wenders with Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez (The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez)
Sacha Wolff with Mercenaire
Rebeca Zlotowski with Planetarium (Natalie Portman, Louis Garrel)

UK
Andrea Arnold with American Honey
Ritesh Batra with The Sense of an Ending
Gurinder Chadha with Viceroy's House
Sean Ellis with Anthropoid
Ken Loach with Daniel Blake
Ben Wheatley with Free Fire

Romania
Radu Mihaileanu with The History of Love
Bogdan Mirica with Dogs
Cătălin Mitulescu with Dincolo de calea ferată (By the Rails)
Cristian Mungiu with Fotografi de familie (Family Photos)
Calin Peter Netzer with Ana Mon Amour
Cristi Puiu with Sierra-Nevada

Belgium
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon with Paris pieds nus
Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth with Kebab Royal
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne with La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl)
Joachim Lafosse with L'economie du couple

Germany
Maren Ade with Toni Erdman
Fatih Akin with Tschick (Goodbye Berlin)
Werner Herzog with Salt and Fire

Czech Republic
Jan Švankmajer with Hmyz (The Insects)
Petr Václav with Skokan

Bulgaria
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov with Glory
Konstantin Bojanov with I Want to Be Like You

Portugal
Gabe Klinger with Porto
João Pedro Rodrigues with O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist)
Teresa Villaverde Cabral with Colo

Other European Countries
Croatia: Hana Jušić with Quit Staring at My Plate
Denmark: Shahrbanoo Sadat with Wolf and Sheep
Iceland: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson with Heartstone
Norway: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen with Skyggenes dal (Valley of Shadows)
Russia: Ivan I Tverdovsky with Zoologiya (Zoology)
Serbia: Emir Kusturica with On the Milky Road
Sweden: Johannes Nyholm with Jätten (The Giant)

Australia
Cate Shortland with Berlin Syndrome

Canada
Xavier Dolan with Juste la fin du Monde (It’s Only the End of the World) - (Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux!!!)

USA (and USA productions in English with foreign directors)
Alexandros Avranas with True Crimes (Charlote Gainsbourg, Agata Kulesza!)
John Cameron Mitchell with How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Damien Chazelle with La La Land
Derek Cianfrance with The Light Between Oceans (Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender!!!)
Clint Eastwood with Sully
Tom Ford with Nocturnal Animals
Jim Jarmush with Paterson (Golshifteh Farhani!!!) (Sold to Amazon)
Ang Lee with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Kristen Stewart)
Terrence Malick with Voyage of Time (documentary) or Weightless (Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett)
David Michôd with War Machine (Brad Pitt)
Gerardo Naranjo with  Viena and the Fantomes
Jeff Nichols with Loving
Sean Penn with The Last Face (Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos!)
Martin Scorsese with Silence
Oliver Stone with Snowden
Denis Villeneuve with Story of Your Life
Nicolas Winding Refn with The Neon Demon (Keanu Reeves!)

Latin America

Brazil
Gabriela Amaral Almeida with O Animal Cordial (The Friendly Animal)
Marco Dutra with Era el Cielo
Kleber Mendonça Filho with Aquarius

Mexico
Daniel Castro Zimbrón with Las Tinieblas (The Darkness)
Amat Escalante with La Region Salvaje (Untamed)

Chile
Pablo Larrain with Neruda
Alejandro Jodorowski with Poesía Sin Fin (Endless Poetry)

Other Countries
Argentina: Lucrecia Martel with Zama

Asia
South Korea
Park Chan-wook with The Handmaid (OMG! based on Fingersmith by Sarah Waters!)
Na Hong-jin with Gokseong

Other Countries/regions
Hong Kong: Johnnie To with Saam Yan Hang (Three)
Iran: Asghar Farhadi with Forushande (The Salesman)
Israel: Joseph Cedar with Oppenheimer Strategies
Japan: Hirokazu Koreeda with Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm)
Kazakhstan: Sergei Dvortsevoy with Ayka (My Litte One) - (in post production since 2011?!)
Turkey: Semih Kaplanoğlu with Grain

Seem will run out of time for Cannes
Woody Allen Untitled project (Kristen Stewart!!!) (sold to Amazon)
Amma Asante with A United Kingdom
Warren Beatty untitled project - movie it's completed but has no name...
Marco Bellocchio with Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams)
Leos Carax with untitled project with music by Sparks
Julia Ducournau with Raw
Ari Folman with Anne Frank (animation)
Koji Fukada with Harmonium
Aleksey German Jr with Dovlatov (Most likely to 2016 Biennale)
James Gray with The Lost City of Z
Alain Gomis with Félicité
Hamé and Ékoué with Mon nom à Pigalle
Noémie Lvovsky with Demain et tous les autres jours (Tomorrow and Every Other Day)
Mike Mills with 20th Century Women
Jérôme Salle with L'odyssée (The Odyssey)
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy with Luxembourg
Zhang Yimou with The Great Wall

Seem will be released before Cannes so, are they out?
Julieta by Pedro Almodòvar (to be released in Spain on April 8, 2016- so no Cannes? - Opens in France on May 18! so probably is Cannes)
Florence Foster Jenkis by Stephen Frears (UK release on May 6, 2016 - so, no Cannes?)
Money Monster by Jodie Foster (April release in South America???)

Next will do my Wish List based on this long list and with much more info than just listing the director and name of the movie, Yes, read about each of the above films, so by now have a good idea of which films have to make my Cannes Wish List.

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