The 11 Buzziest Films Heading to This Year’s Cannes Film Festival
Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher' (Sony Pictures Classics)
On Thursday morning, official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were finally announced, and unsurprisingly, many of the 18 pictures chosen to compete for the coveted Palme d'Or were helmed by festival or industry veterans with some serious reputations to protect.
The line-up also boasts a fair amount of star power. Ryan Gosling, for instance, will see his directorial debut "Lost River" (previously titled "How to Catch a Monster") arrive among the Un Certain Regard candidates; meanwhile, the ever-popular Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will reunite, sort of, as each has a film in contention for the big prize. "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, was previously announced as the opening night film.
As always with Cannes, though, the real excitement lies in discovering which competitor will prove to be the buzziest of them all. Last year "Blue is the Warmest Color" held that distinction and ended up as one of the most storied pictures of 2013, for better and worse.
Here's a run down of the most storied and promising Cannes entries so far:
Andrey Zvyagintsev has steadily emerged as one of Russia's most relevant filmmakers, with his "Elena" having earned the special jury prize in the Un Certain Regard category in 2011, and his latest movie looks to capitalize on that merit (and, not coincidentally, the current political climate of his home nation). Inspired by the Book of Job, his "Leviathan" features multiple leading character arcs and is said to center on a "new country" within which social insecurity echoes the human condition as a whole. It could very well wind up being a defining feature among this year's line-up.
10. "The Rover"
Aussie director David Michôd will take his "Rover" up to the riviera for a midnight screening — his inclusion no doubt a nod to the momentum built by his 2010 sleeper hit, "Animal Kingdom" — and he's got some heart-throbby star power along for the ride. His pseudo-futuristic drama, co-written by Michôd and Joel Edgerton, features Guy Pearce opposite Robert Pattinson, whose tuxedo-clad presence at the 2012 fest threatened to break the internet. The film centers on a man who stalks a group of thugs who stole his car, and it looks to be just as bleak and unsettling as the arid wilderness of the outback can be.