Candidatos para el Festival de Cannes (Cineuropa)

Rumours are circulating in Paris two weeks ahead of the press conference at which the official selection for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival (May 12-23, 2010) will be unveiled. And uncertainty will reign until April 15 for this year many films are apparently caught up in a race against time to be ready for Cannes.

According to our sources, the race for the Palme d’Or will almost certainly include Tree of Life by US director Terrence Malick; Biutiful by Mexico’s Alejandro González Inárritu (see news); Tamara Drewe by UK director Stephen Frears (see news); Another Year by fellow Brit Mike Leigh; and two Korean films: Poetry by Lee Chang-dong and The Housemaid by Im Sang-soo.

The competition line-up may also include US director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Miral by fellow US filmmaker Julian Schnabel, Outrage by Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, and two Argentinean features: Pablo Trapero’s Carancho and Diego Lerman’s Moral Sciences. Hungary also hopes to be selected in extremis with Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse, or even Kornel Mundruczo’s The Frankenstein Project (see news).

On the French side, the die is not yet cast, although favourites include Olivier Assayas’s Carlos (which would be screened in its long version - see news); Bertrand Tavernier’s La Princesse de Montpensier (see news); and Rachid Bouchareb’s Outside the Law (see news). Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies (see news) is an outsider favourite.

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s French/Italian co-production The Certified Copy could be selected out of competition (the fact that its star Juliette Binoche appears on the Cannes 2010 poster seems incompatible with a competition screening), as could Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux’s French animated film The Rabbi’s Cat.

Among the other most-cited possible Croisette contenders (a non-exhaustive list including all sections) are Jean-Luc Godard’s Socialism; Black Heaven by France’s Gilles Marchand (see news); Tournée (“Tour”) by fellow French director Mathieu Amalric; Rabbit Hole by US director John Cameron Mitchell; Uncle Boonmee by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul; The Essence of Killing by Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski (see news); Romanian features Aurora by Cristi Puiu (see news) and Principles of Life by Constantin Popescu; Adrienn Pal by Hungary’s Agnes Kocsis (see news); R U There by Dutch filmmaker David Verbeek; and All Good Children by young Brit director Alicia Duffy (see news).

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