Cannes read­ies the red car­pet

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

There were few enor­mous sur­prises when the com­pe­ti­tion line-up for next month’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val was an­nounced yes­ter­day. As ex­pected, David Cro­nen­berg’s Cos­mopo­lis, Michael Haneke’s Amour and Ken Loach’s The An­gels’ Share will all have their pre­miere on the La Croisette. But those old hands seem like novices when set be­side the 89-year-old Alain Res­nais, whose new film jour­neys out un­der the ap­pro­pri­ate ti­tle Vous n’avez En­core Rien Vu (You Ain’t Seen Noth­ing Yet).

The pro­gramme also finds space for some ad­mired younger di­rec­tors. Jeff Ni­chols, who gave us the ex­tra­or­di­nary Take Shel­ter, makes his first trip to the main com­pe­ti­tion with Mud. The Pa­per­boy, Lee Daniels’s fol­low-up to Pre­cious, should bring Zac Efron to the red car­pet. The or­gan­is­ers will also hope that Brad Pitt, star of An­drew Do­minik’s Killing Them Softly, will make an ap­pear­ance.

Those dream­ers har­bour­ing faint, des­per­ate hopes that Paul Thomas An­der­son’s The Mas­ter or the new, un­ti­tled Ter­rence Mal­ick film would be ready in time were faced with dis­ap­point­ment. Nei­ther ever seemed likely to turn up.

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