Hopeful films race against time for Cannes selection

Several films are nominated in the media as possible contenders for this year’s edition of Europe’s most glamorous film festival. And uncertainty will reign until April 15 for this year many films are apparently caught up in a race against time to be ready for Cannes. However, according to, the race for the Palme d’Or will almost certainly include Tree of Life by US director Terrence Malick; Biutiful by Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Tamara Drewe by UK director Stephen Frears; Another Year by fellow Brit Mike Leigh; and two Korean films: Poetry by Lee Chang-dong and The Housemaid by Im Sang-soo. The competition line-up may also include US director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Miral by fellow US filmmaker Julian Schnabel, Outrage by Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, and two Argentinean features: Pablo Trapero’s Carancho and Diego Lerman’s Moral Sciences. Hungary also hopes to be selected in extremis with Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse, or even Kornel Mundruczo’s The Frankenstein Project.

Among the other most-cited possible Croisette contenders (a non-exhaustive list including all sections) are Jean-Luc Godard’s Socialism; Black Heaven by France’s Gilles Marchand ; Tournee (“Tour”) by French director Mathieu Amalric; Rabbit Hole by US director John Cameron Mitchell; Uncle Boonmee by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul; The Essence of Killing by Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski . The Romanian films the website cites as possible contenders are Aurora by Cristi Puiu and Principles of Life by Constantin Popescu. Meanwhile, the only thing that is certain about this year’s edition of Cannes is that it will open with the Russel Crowe star vehicle “Robin Hood.”

The festival announced recently that Ridley Scott’s take on the folkloric hero, will open its annual extravaganza on the Croisette. Russell Crowe stars as the iconic character, firing arrows, tangling with the sheriff of Nottingham and generally making mischief.

The movie’s a pretty logical choice for Thierry Fremaux and the people who program Cannes: It offers a patina of seriousness, with Scott a multiple Oscar nominee, but also the media-ready glitz that the festival prefers for its opening night, with a glamorous international cast that includes Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and Max von Sydow.

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