Of the nineteen films competing for the Palme d’Or in 2013, only one – A Castle in Italy, by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi – was directed by a woman. Other titles referred to in the days before the official announcement of the selection of the 66th Cannes Film Festival – held Thursday, April 18 in a theater on the Champs-Elysées – are certainly used, but presented in the Un Certain Regard section: Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski, Les Salauds by Claire Denis, The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola. That’s conclusion of the debate on women’s in the Festival, triggered by their absence in 2012.
You can watch below the trailer of The Bling Ring
The selection of movies in competition brings an element of surprise may be higher than in previous years: the Dutch Alex van Warmerdam is not even a regular at major international festivals, yet his movie Borgman is selected. Steven Soderbergh should not compete for the Palme d’Or, but his last film before his announced retirement, Behind the Candelabra (My life With Liberace) will compete as his movie, Sex, lies and Videotape in 1989. Arnaud Pallières, who will present Michael Kohlhaas debuted in competition, and finally, Abdellatif Kechiche, whose last movies (the Secret of the Grain, black Venus) were not in the Cannes schedule and were screened in Venice, will present Adele’s Life. Thierry Fremaux, General Delegate of the festival, said the announced time of the film, 3 h 07, was not final.
Movies from abroad
Other French films selected are Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) which Arnaud Desplechin has filmed in the United States, with Benicio del Toro. The other one is Young and pretty by François Ozon.
Far East Side, Hirokazu Kore-eda with Soshite chichi ni naru (Like father, like son) and Takashi Miike with Wara no tate (Shield straw) will represent Japan and Jia Zhangke with Tian zhu ding (A touch of sin) will represents China.
Among veterans: the Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis), Roman Polanski (Venus in Fur), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Belleza) and James Gray (The Immigrant) brothers.
The other films in competition are Heli by Amat Escalante (Mexico), The Past by Asghar Farhadi (Iran-France) Grisgris by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad), Nebraska by Alexander Payne (USA) and Only God Forgives by Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark-United States).
Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
In the Un Certain Regard section, besides the directors already mentioned above, we can see the films of James Franco (As I Lay Dying), Alain Guiraudie (Strangers on a lake), Rithy Panh (The missing picture) or the Iranian Mohammad Rasoulof (Anonymous), collaborator Jafar Panahi.
Will be a tribute to Jerry Lewis with Max Rose, his last film as an actor. Thierry Fremaux has already warned that the selection was not quite final and a few movies will be added, especially special sessions.
James Franco (As I Lay Dying)
• The 2013 edition will take place from Wednesday 15th May to Sunday, 26th May
• the chairman of the jury for feature films will be Steven Spielberg,
• The centerpiece of the opening and closing on 15th and 26th May ceremonies will be Audrey Tautou
• the projected opening film will be The Great Gatsby, by Australian Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan
• The president of the jury of Un Certain Regard will be Thomas Vinterberg, the opening film of this section will The Bling Ring, by the American Sofia Coppola.