The full line-up for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (May 15-26) was announced in Paris this morning. Nineteen films from around the globe will compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or, won last year by Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’, and won in the past by the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’. There’s still time for some last minute additions to the race, but read on for the Time Out film team’s thoughts on the current contenders.
So, what sticks out from the films announced? Well, there are no British films for one, although Stephen Frears’s ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’, an HBO film about the boxer’s decision not to serve in Vietnam will screen out of the main competition as a special screening. That’s probably because one HBO TV film was enough for the selectors: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’, a film about the relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and one of his lovers (Matt Damon) will compete for the Palme d’Or. Elsewhere, there are films from Chad (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s ‘Grisgris’), Mexico (Amat Escalante’s ‘Heli’), China (Jia Zhangke’s ‘Touch of Sin’) and Italy (Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘La Grande Bellezza’), confirming the festival’s status as a truly global event.
There are some international big guns with new films: Roman Polanski (‘Venus in Fur’), the Coen brothers (‘Inside Llewyn Davis’), Alexander Payne (‘Nebraska’) and Nicolas Winding Refn (‘Only God Forgives’) will all walk the festival’s famous red steps. Who will win the top prize? That’s for Steven Spielberg’s jury to decide when these 19 films unfold next month at world cinema’s most scrutinised, discussed and reported event. We’ll be there, and we’ll bring you news and reviews as we get them. À bientôt! Dave Calhoun
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