Well, we’re in the unlikely position that the world’s premiere art-film festival may be mobbed by screaming Twihards, as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are actors in the main competition. The former is a bored billionaire (pictured right, with Sarah Gadon playing his wife) in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, the latter is On The Road, Walter Salles’s adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel.
The two films are part of the North American indie wave hitting the beaches of Cannes, from Wes Anderson’s opener Moonrise Kingdom to Brad Pitt in Andrew Dominik’s Killing Me Softly. Zac Efron is in Lee Daniels’s The Paperboy, along with Matthew McConaughey, who also stars in Jeff Nichols’s Mud. Meanwhile, this year’s Sundance sensation, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, is in the funkier Un Certain Regard competition, along with Brandon “son of” Cronenberg and his Antiviral. The film is about a man “who harvests viruses from sick celebrities and then sells them”. Like father, like son…
Cannes would not be Cannes without the art-house big hitters and, as in 2009, Michael Haneke and Jacques Audiard face each other for the Palme d’Or. Bets are on that Haneke’s Amour will lose out to Audiard’s Rust & Bone, which features Marion Cotillard, and killer whales. Other films are from Abbas Kiarostami, Matteo Garrone and Ulrich Seidl. But no women directors made the competition cit, much to the irritation of many on Twitter.
Cannes Film Festival, May 16-27