Cannes 2013 Preview: Midnight, Un Certain Regard, and Everything Else

Editor, Festivals; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)
Cannes 2013 Preview: Midnight, Un Certain Regard, and Everything Else

Today is the day! The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off this evening with the European premiere of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby . Both European Editor Brian Clark and I have been setting the stage with our previews of the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight sidebars and the Official Competition. We wrap things up with a look at what's left -- namely the Midnight section, Un Certain Regard, and the Out of Competition screenings.

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Johnnie To has had films in competition at Cannes on two occasions with Election in 2005 and Vengeance in 2009. This year he finds himself in one of the two out-of-competition Midnight spots with this Andy Lau starrer about a blind cop who is aided by an attractive young inspector. -Ryland Aldrich

Is there anyone who doesn't immediately want to see this Indian cops-and-robbers tale based on the title alone? Fine, a bit more information: The film sounds like it unfolds Run Lola Run style, exploring the potential consequences of a rookie cop's decision about whether or not to shoot a gangster. -Brian Clark

Un Certain Regard

There had been plenty already written about this story of fame-obsessed teens robbing celebrities. Always a source of fascination for the French, Sofia Coppola is likely to draw as much publicity in Cannes as her stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and Leslie Mann. -RA

Claire Denis (White Material, 35 Shots of Rum, Trouble Everyday) directs a story of a container ship captain who moves to town to exact revenge on a businessman who his sister believes drove her husband to suicide. If Denis' previous films are any indication, it will be a slow, tense, meditative revenge. -BC

Mohammad Rasoulof shot this movie secretly and smuggled it out of Iran. He was one of three filmmakers arrested in March 2010 and released on bail, but later taken to court again and banned from writing or directing any movies. I suspect this is a large part of why I can't find a still or much plot information. For more on Rasoulof's legal situation and previous films, check out this great article at Cinema-Scope. -BC

James Franco's second directorial effort of 2013 after the Sundance debuting Interior, Leather Bar is this big cast adaptation of Faulkner's story of the death of a small town girl. Danny McBride, Richard Jenkins, Tim Blake Nelson, Beth Grant, and Franco himself star. -RA

THE GOLDEN CAGE (aka La Jaula de Oro)
Diego Quemada-Diez's film tracks the trials and tribulations of a group of Central-American teens trying to escape the poverty and violence of Guatemala City slums for a better life in California. These apparently include, but are not limited to, raids, assault, robbery, rape, mutilation and kidnapping. John Steinbeck, eat your heart out. -BC

Hany Abu-Assad is best known for his Oscar nominated Paradise Now which premiered at Berlin in 2005. His latest is a Palestinian story of three childhood best friends and one young woman. -RA

Special Screenings

James Toback of Black and White and Tyson fame shot this pseudo-documentary about Alec Baldwin trying to raise funds for a film at Cannes 2012. HBO picked up the film for US distribution ahead of this year's fest.-RA

This is Roman Polanski's almost-never screened 1971 film documenting his weekend with Formula 1 racing champion Jackie Stewart. In the competition preview, I mentioned that any new Polanski is good news in my book. In this case though, it's unseen Polanski in his prime (just after Rosemary's Baby). Even better! -BC

Out of Competition

J.C Chandor's follow up to 2011's Margin Call is this Robert Redford lost-at-sea drama. Lionsgate will distribute in the States. -RA

Clive Owen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana star in Guillaume Canet's follow-up to Little White Lies. The attractive story, written by James Gray and Jacques Maillot, follows two brothers on either side of law in mob ridden 1970s Brooklyn. -RA


Daniel Noah's sophomore effort stars Jerry Lewis as a dying pianist who discovers he's been living a lie. Kevin Pollack, Fred Willard, and Kerry Bishe co-star. -RA

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