Cannes Excitement Index, Part 1: The Coens, Robin Wright, and "The Past"
The Cannes Film Festival is happening right now in France, and for almost all of us, that means we're sitting at home and feeling wildly jealous of the people who get to take in world-class cinema in an unbeatable setting. We've also been devouring all the dispatches from Cannes via reviews and Tweets and such. Excitement levels naturally fluctuate as a film festival goes on. But as of this very moment, which Cannes films are we most excited to see for ourselves?
01 -- Inside Llewyn Davis
The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen premiered at Cannes to the kinds of reviews you would expect for a Coen brothers film. Their cockeyed take on the history of 1960s folk music is said to be delightful, and the lead performance by Oscar Isaac a breakthrough.
02 -- The Past
This is director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to his Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation. It stars Berenice Bejo, who was so beguiling in The Artist, and Tahar Rahim, who earned raves for his performance in Un Prophete. The word is that the film is a compelling relationship drama that boasts some great performances, particularly by Bejo.
03 -- The Congress
Director Ari Folman so successfully blended memory with documentary with animation in his wildly successful Waltz with Bashir. This follow-up sounds like it's taking even more chances and being even more audacious with its formal structure. Robin Wright stars as herself, or a fictional version of herself at least, and is offered the choice to surrender her image to a movie-studio via motion-capture for 20 years. I'm already onboard, and that's before reading about how it gets totally crazy and ends up co-starring Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, and Harvey Keitel.
04 -- The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola's film about status-obsessed teens rolling through celebrity homes and stealing their stuff has been high atop my radar for months now. At least since that barn-burner of a teaser trailer rocked my world. As has been the case with Coppola's film recently, the critics are sharply divided, but the love/hate nature of it only has me more intrigued.
05 -- Blood Ties
Another film that's divided critics is the '70s set Blood Ties, which features Clive Owen and a very Hollywood-friendly cast (Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis). Directed by Tell No One helmer Guillaume Canet, it's a period crime thriller that is supposed to give Owen quite the platform.
Check back for more Cannes excitement later this week!