Com­petit­ing at Cannes?

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Now is the time when Cannes pun­dits start get­ting prop­erly ex­cited about the im­pend­ing pro­gramme. Last year a num­ber of en­tic­ing projects (Black Swan and The Tree of Life, to name but two) weren’t com­pleted in time and the ultimate competition felt a lit­tle bit thin.

This year, ob­servers were con­fi­dent that David Cro­nen­berg’s A Dan­ger­ous Method (about Freud and Jung), Pe­dro Almod­ó­var’s The Skin I Live In, Wal­ter Salles’s adap­ta­tion of Jack Ker­ouc’s On the Road and Wong Kar-wai’s The Grand­mas­ters would all be un­spooled at the Palais. Sadly there are now doubts over the readi­ness of each of those in­trigu­ing movies.

Still, the re­main­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties are ac­cept­ably thrilling. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dar­denne’s The Kid with a Bike, Lars von Trier’s Me­lan­cho­lia, Gus Van Sant’s Rest­less and Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope should all be on show.

And yes, bar­ring yet one more calamity, Ter­rence Mal­ick’s The Tree of Life, de­layed since the 12th cen­tury, will fi­nally get its un­veil­ing. Mal­ick’s epic is due for re­lease in the US, the week af­ter Cannes ends. The fi­nal pro­gramme will be with us on April 14th.

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