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Five Films to Watch Out For at Cannes 2014
Cannes 2014 is almost upon us, with last year’s film festival showcasing some of the best films of the year. From Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis to the French mega hit, Blue Is the Warmest Colour. So no doubt Cannes 2014 will bring many more memorable features. Let’s take a look at five of the most exciting films being shown there this year.
1. The Rover
Directed by David Michod who directed 2010’s fantastic gritty drama, Animal Kingdom, comes The Rover, his second feature starring. Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. Pearce plays a loner tracking the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian Outback with the forced assistance of a wounded man (Pattinson) who was left behind in the wake of the theft.
It has a seriously dark tone to it, as Michod appears to like in his movies. Pattinson playing the wounded man who was left by his brothers in a car theft, will certainly boast an interesting moral question: of whether Pattinson will turn on his own brother, as Pearce’s character forces him across the terrain with him. If you love Mad Max style action with intense drama, then The Rover will be right up your street. With as great cast and director as this has, I have the feeling it may be a serious cult classic in the making.
This one has been a long time coming, with it being Tommy Lee Jones’ second feature since 2005. He stars alongside Jesse Plemons, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, and James Spader. With the plot being a western-style narrative which centres on a claim jumper and a pioneer woman who team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
The Homesman is based on the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout, who also wrote John Wayne’s final role in 1976’s The Shootist. So expect this one to be a western road movie with plenty of intense encounters with dangerous folk. With a cast as strong as this, it is sure going to turn heads.
3. Lost River
Originally titled How To Catch a Monster, this one sees A-list star Ryan Gosling moving from in front of the camera to behind it, as he directs his first feature film. He won’t appear in the movie but it already has a superb cast from the likes of Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Babara Steele. Not much has been said on the plot, other than it supposedly follows a single mother who enters a dark lifestyle, while her son uncovers a road leading to an underwater utopia.
Sounds interesting and bold; and with Gosling firmly in Indie territory with this one, we will have to wait and see if his talent behind the camera can execute an original, engaging piece of cinema. It’s just a shame we do not have many details of Lost River, because Gosling wishes to remain tight-lipped about any plot details.
4. Snow in Paradise
Directed by former film editor of films from the likes of Lucky Number Slevin, and 2011’s masterpiece documentary, The Imposter, comes the first feature from Andrew Hulme. With a fairly unknown cast from the likes of Frederick Schmidt and Martin Askew, the film is a hard-hitting character study that’s based on the real story of one man’s journey to control his violence through religion. It takes us from the blood-soaked East End of London to the world of the Islamic whirling dervishes.
Described as similar to the style of A Prophet, this one could be one to watch as there have not been many true crime British films about for a while. The director, Hulme, will certainly bring plenty of experience to the table as his editing abilities may have taught him a thing or two whilst working on a wealth of films.
Here is what he had to say about the project:
“I found someone with a story so incredible I was compelled to try and tell it in cinematic form. Here was a man whose uncle was ‘The Governor’ Lenny Maclean, who had grown up in the crime-riddled East End in a culture of violence yet had converted to Islam. Here was someone with a dark past who had managed to control his aggression through the practice of religion, someone who had understood he needed to correct himself if he were to escape and survive.”
Hopefully an up and coming English Goodfellas. We’ll have to wait and see if this one will hit home.
5. Maps To the Stars
Finally, David Cronenberg is back with this Hollywood examination of families looking to reach the big time. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska. The film is reportedly a complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture,showing a dysfunctional Hollywood family’s struggle through the film world.
It’s exciting times for Robert Pattinson, appearing in two Cannes features, but more exciting for Cronenberg fans, as the unique director can bring his vision back to the big screen again. It certainly looks like it will push the boundaries of surreal tropes, with social commentary on our very own film industry’s state.
So there you are: five films that may or may not light up Cannes’ 67th year in France.
Be sure to check out all the latest information of the event this year at this address. The first films will roll out on the 14th of May, and end on the 25th.
With 18 full length pictures, and nine short films in total, let me know below whether I have missed any exciting features that deserve to be on this list.