April 23, 2008

Cannes Gets Some Oscar Contenders!

Hi everybody...Joey here...the list of films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival was released, and there are a few interesting flicks here.

First of all, here is all the feature films playing in competition and out of competition:

“24 City,” China, Jia Zhangke
“Adoration,” Canada, Atom Egoyan
“Changeling,” U.S., Clint Eastwood
“Che” (”The Argentine,” “Guerrilla,”) Spain, Steven Soderbergh
“Un Conte de noel,” France, Arnaud Desplechin
“Daydreams,” Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Delta,” Germany-Hungary, Kornel Mundruczo
“Il Divo,” Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
“Gomorra,” Italy, Matteo Garrone
“La Frontiere de l’aube,” France, Philippe Garrel
“Leonera,” Argentina-South Korea, Pablo Trapero
“Linha de Passe,” Brazil, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
“La Mujer sin cabeza,” Argentina, Lucrecia Martel
“My Magic,” Singapore, Eric Khoo
“The Palermo Shooting,” Germany, Wim Wenders
“Serbis,” Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
“The Silence of Lorna,” U.K.-France, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
“Synecdoche, New York,” U.S., Charlie Kaufman
“Waltz With Bashir,” Israel, Ari Folma

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” U.S., Steven Spielberg
“Kung Fu Panda,” U.S., Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
“The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” South Korea, Kim Jee-woon
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” U.S.-Spain, Woody Allen

When it comes to the ones in competition, the ones that stick out at me are Eastwood's latest submission to the adoring Academy, Soderbergh's Che flick(s), Atom Egoyan's new film, and Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut (which we actually have a script review of up on the site)

Out of competition, Indy is something just about everyone wants to see, and call me crazy but I still look foward to a new Woody Allen movie.

What about you guys? Should the Academy be taking note of these films?


  1. I'm pulling for Linha de Passe. Brazil needs some love. :)

  2. I'd very much like to see Charlie Kaufman get some love for what looks like a very strange film, even for him, but I have a feeling that Che might be the big movie to come out of the fest...time will tell though

  3. Yeah, I agree about Che.

    Maybe this year Oscar will pay more attention and make infinitely better decisions in the foreign category than they did last year. One can only hope.

    I still say it's a travesty that 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days wasn't nominated.

  4. We shall see...when it comes to the Oscars and foreign films, I always assume they will screw the pooch

  5. The Changeling. I love Clint Eastwood and so does the academy

  6. Well, everybody does love Clint...sounds like a sitcom