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In Competition Movies in Cannes 2012

Posted on the 19 April 2012 by Diana @azizaspicks

The Cannes Festival is almost here and today theofficial line-up has been announced. There are multiple categories, but I willfocusing on the In Competition movies- check out below a couple of things youshould know about each one and some trailers to go along with it, too.InCompetitionAmour,directed and written by Michael Haneke-  Previous works of MH: The Piano teacher,Funny games-  Stars  Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant andWilliam Shimell-  Synopsis: A retired couple deals withaftermath of the wife suffering from a debilitating stroke. (IMDb)TheAngels' Share, directed by Ken Loach andwritten by Paul Laverty-  Previous works of KL: The wind thatshakes the Barley, -  Stars: Roger Allam, Daniel Portman andJohn Henshaw-  Synopsis: Narrowly avoiding jail, newdad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distilleryinspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. (IMDb)Baadel mawkeaa, directed by Yousry Nasrallah

-  Surprisingly enough, no informationabout it on IMDb and nothing clear in the first pages of GoogleBeyondthe Hills, directed and written by CristianMungiu

-  Previous works of CM: 4 months, 3 weeks and2 days (Palme Dor winner)-  Stars Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur andValeriu Andriuta-  Synopsis: A drama centered on the friendshipbetween two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refugeat a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives inGermany. (IMDb)-  Particularly happy for this one, as Iremember being so excited and proud when he won the Grand Prize a couple ofyears ago (yes, shocking revelation, I am Romanian)Cosmopolis,directed and written by David Cronenberg, based on a novel by Don DeLillo-  Previous works of DC: Eastern Promises,History of Violence-  Stars Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel andKevin Durand-  Synopsis: Riding across Manhattan in astretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire assetmanager's day devolves into a odyssey with a cast of characters that start totear his world apart. (IMDb)-  Looks absolutely crazy and I love it, Iam intrigued by it! Plus, dare I say Robert Pattinson might do a fantastic jobin it? He looks very good in the trailerHolyMotors, directed and written by Leos Carax-  Previous works of LC: Pola X, Les amantsdu Pont-Neuf-  Stars Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue andMichel Piccoli-  Synopsis: The drama follows a day in thelife of a young actor (played by Denis Lavant) as he moves from one set toanother, sharing scenes with various partners. [Synopsis Courtesy of NextMovie]-  Big names, interesting premise, willattract attentionTheHunt, or Jagten,directed by Thomas Vinterberg&written by TV and Tobias Lindholm-  Previous works of TV: Festen, Submarino-  Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport andThomas Bo Larsen-  Synopsis: a divorced man in a small countrytown who is accused of abusing a child. (Guardian)KillingThem Softly, directed and written by Andrew Dominik, basedon a novel by George V. Higgins-  Formerly known as Cogan's Trade-  Previous works of AD: The Assasinationof Jesse James-  Stars Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and RichardJenkins-  Synopsis: Jackie Cogan is a professionalenforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected pokergame. (IMDb)-  Expect big press around this movie, BradPitt and Angelina Jolie in the eve of their engagementInanother Country, directed and written by Hong Sang-soo

-  Stars Isabelle Huppert and Jun-Sang Yu-  Synopsis/storyline: There are threewomen named Anne who each consecutively visit a seaside town. They each stay atthe same small hotel by the shore and venture onto the beach where each of theAnnes meet a group of the same people including a certain lifeguard whorestlessly wanders up and down the beach. Huppert plays all three of thesedifferent Annes and aside from her, the rest of the cast is all Korean,although the film was mostly shot in the English language. (Screendaily)Inthe Fog, directed by Sergei Loznitsa-  Stars Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashinand Sergei Kolesov -  Synopsis: Western frontiers of the USSR,1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused ofcollaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice. (IMDb)
Lawless,directed by John Hillcoat, written by Nick Cave, based on a novel by MattBondurant-  Previously known as “The Wettest Country”-  Previous works of JH: The Road, TheProposition-  Stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, GuyPearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain-  Synopsis: Set in the Depression-era FranklinCounty, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want acut of their profits. (IMDb)-  There was buzz around it for a long timeand it is rumoured to be a very good movieLikeSomeone in Love, directed and written by AbbasKiarostami-  Previous works of AK: Taste of Cherry,Certified Copy-  Stars Ryo Kase, Denden and Rin Takanashi-  Synopsis: Akiko (Rin Takanashi) a prettyyoung student, sells herself to help pay for her studies. But then she comesacross a very unusual client: a learned old scholar (Tadashi Okuno) who showsher great kindness. An extraordinary relationship develops between her and theold man. (Awards Daily)-  Another loved and anticipated movie,high on the betting boardsMoonriseKingdom, directed by Wes Anderson and writtenby WA and Roman Coppola-  Previous works of WA: The RoyalTenenbaums, Rushmore, Fantastic Mr.Fox-  Stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, BruceWillis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton-  Synopsis: A pair of lovers flees theirNew England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.(IMDb)-  Opening night, big stars, world knowndirector, interesting trailer- buzz-worthy filmMud,directed and written by Jeff Nichols-  Previous works of JN: Take Shelter-  Stars Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaugheyand Michael Shannon-  Synopsis: A drama centered on two teenageboys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in theMississippi. (IMDb)Onthe Road, directed by Walter Salles, written byJose Rivera based on a novel by Jack Kerouac-  Previous works of WS: Motorcycle Diaries-  Stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley,Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams-  Synopsis: Dean and Sal are the portraitof the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fastpaced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.(IMDb)-  Very anticipated and talked about filmin the last few years, the big names will attract a lot of press, especiallyKristen Stewart-  Early reports say that the movie is 2h20 min long and very goodThePaperboy, directed and by Lee Daniels and basedon a novel by Peter Dexter

-  Previous works of LD: Precious, Monster’sBall-  Stars Zac Efron, John Cusack and MatthewMcConaughey-  Synopsis: A reporter returns to hisFlorida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (IMDb)Paradies:Liebe, directed by Ulrich Seidl andwritten by US and Veronika Franz-  Director known for his documentary style-  Stars Maria Hofstätter, Margarete Tieseland Inge MauxPostTenebras Lux, directed by Carlos Reygadas-  Mexican director, known for Japon andBattle in HeavenReality,directed by Matteo Garrone and written by MG and Ugo Chiti-  Previous works of MG: Gomorra-  Stars Claudia Gerini, Nunzia Schiano andCiro Petrone-  Synopsis: “...is taking a look atreality television, and at the very least, this image suggests a lighter moviethan the excellent but heavy "Gomorrah." (Indiewire)Rustand Bone, directed by Jacques Audiardand writtenby JA and Thomas Bidegain-  Stars Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaertsand Bouli Lanners-  Synopsis: It starts in the north. Ali endsup with Sam, age 5, on the arms. His son, he barely knows. Homeless, pennilessand friendless, Ali finds refuge with her sister in Antibes. There is muchbetter that she's hosting in the garage of his house, she takes care of thelittle and it's nice. Following a fight in a nightclub, his fate crosses thatof Stephanie. He brings her back to her and leaves her phone. He is poor andshe is beautiful and confident. She is a princess. All the objects. Stephanieis a trainer of killer whales at Marineland. It will take the show turns into anightmare for a phone call in the night's meet again When Ali is found, theprincess is packed in a wheelchair: she lost her legs and a lot of illusions. Hewill simply help, without compassion, without mercy. She will revive.(IndieWire)-  It received some buzz before hand,especially because of Marion Cotillards involvementTasteof Money, directed by Im Sang-soo

-  Previous works of IS: The Housemaid-  Stars Kim Gang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, YounYuh-jung, Kim Hyo-jin, On Ju-wan and Maui Taylor-  Synopsis: The story focuses on Youngjak,the secretary of Mrs. Baek, who is the leader of a powerful Korean industrialgiant. Tasked with looking after the affairs of this private and morallyquestionable family, Youngjak is soon caught in a spiral of domination andsecrets, lost between his principles and the possibility of rapid careeradvancement to a more comfortable life. Youngjak must choose sides to survivein this world where money, sex and power are kings. (Indiewire)
YouHaven't Seen Anything Yet, directed by AlainResnais-  Stars Lambert Wilson, Mathieu Amalric andMichel Piccoli
Mychoices/picks aka The "I wish I was in Cannes to seethis movierecipientsaka "I willbe checking to see how these following movies do in the festival": On the road- firstand most anticipated (you know that by now); I loved the book and I have had acrush on Garrett Hedlund since Four Brothers. The trailer looks solidMud- for the new Michael Shannon-Jeff Nichols collaboration; the first one (Take Shelter) was amazing, so I havehigh expectations for the second oneLawless- great castMoonrise Kingodom-cast+director+trailer+storyline= all very interestingCosmopolis- One word: CRAZY...or, if itpleases you, out of controlKilling them softly- mafiaand a sexy Brad Pitt? Yes, I am that shallow, I will take itBeyond the hills-sticking with the national talent! Go Mungiu!
Whatmovies are you excited about?  If youcould choose one movie to see from the line-up, what would it be? Let me knowin the comments!

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