Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 Cannes Film Festival Line-up Announced

The official 2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up has been announced. Now less than a month away, running between May 16-27, many have been anticipating (and speculating) the possible selections made by the festival directors, with many world-class filmmakers boasting new features in 2012. Some, like Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Terrence Malick's The Burial and Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters, were rumoured to be in contention, but either weren't ready or didn't make the cut.

Nanni Moretti has been named as President of the Jury.

A total of 54 films, representing 26 countries, were selected from the 1,779 films submitted.

Opening the festival, as had been announced prior, is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. The Closing Night film is directed by the late Claude Miller, Therese Desqeuyroux.


Rust and Bone (Dir. Jacques Audiard)

Holy Motors (Leo's Calax)

Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)

The Paperboy (Lee Daniels)

Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik)

Reality (Matteo Garrone)

Love (Amour) (Michael Haneke)

Lawless (John Hillcoat)

In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)

Taste of Money (Im Sang-soo)

Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami)

The Angel's Share (Ken Loach)

In the Fog (Im Nebel) (Sergei Loznitsa)

Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu)

After the Battle (Baad el Mawkeaa) (Yousry Nasrallah)

Mud (Jeff Nichols)

You Haven't Seen Anything Yet (Alain Resnais)

Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)

On the Road (Walter Salles)

Paradise: Love (Ulrich Seidl)

The Hunt (Jagten) (Thomas Vinterberg)

Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Special Screenings and Midnight Screenings after the jump...

Un Certain Regard

Miss Lovely (Dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)

La Playa (Juan Andres Arango)

God's Horses (Les Chevaus de Dieu) (Nabil Ayouch)

Trois Mondes (Catherine Corsini)

Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg)

7 Days in Havana (Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noe, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Pablo Trapero)

Le Grand Soir (Benoit Delepine, Gustave de Kervern)

Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)

Despues de Lucia (Michael Fraco)

Aimer a Perdre la Raison (Joachim Lafosse)

Mystery (Lou Ye)

Student (Datezhan Omirbayev)

The Pirogue (La Pirogue) (Moussa Toure)

White Elephant (Elefante Blanco (Pablo Trapero)

Confession of a Child of the Century (Sylvie Verheyde)

11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate (Koji Wakamatsu)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)

Out of Competition

Hemingway & Gellhorn (Philip Kaufman)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon)

Me and You (Bernardo Bertolucci)

Special Screenings

Polluting Paradise (Fatih Akin)

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (Laurent Bouzereau)

The Central Park Five (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)

Les Invisibles (Sebastian Lifshitz)

Journal de France (Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon)

A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim (Nelson Pereira do Santos)

Villegas (Gonzalo Tobal)

Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Midnight Screenings

Dario Argento's Dracula 3D (Dario Argento)

The Legend of Love 7 Sincerity (Ai To Makoto) (Takashi Miike)

What are your thoughts on this year's lineup? I think it is very strong, and though it was disappointing to see PTA and Malick absent, it is exciting to see that directors like David Cronenberg, Michael Haneke, John Hillcoat, Andrew Dominic, Abbas Kiarostami, Jacques Audiard, Alain Resnais, Christian Mungiu and Jeff Nichols all have new films screening. 


  1. This is an incredible line-up. I'm not surprised that P.T. Anderson and Malick didn't make the final cut since it was obvious that we haven't seen trailers for their new films and it's probably still in the editing at this time. Plus, the Wong Kar-Wai film I knew wasn't coming to Cannes as it's slated for a December release since Kar-Wai is notorious with his approach to editing just like Malick.

    1. That's interesting to know. I have enjoyed several of Wong Kar-Wai's films so I am interested in seeing this when it finally has a release.

  2. A truly fantastic lineup. The ones I'm most looking forward to (when they make it to this side of the globe) are Michael Haneke's AMOUR (of course), Abbas Kiarostami's LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, Alain Resnais's YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET (despite the fact that the last Resnais film I saw came out in 1961), Cristian Mungiu's BEYOND THE HILLS and Thomas Vinterberg's THE HUNT. Should be some cracking films, can't wait for the first reviews and clips to come pouring in!

    1. I have only seen one film from Resnais - MARIENBAD. I haven't seen FESTEN (though I know you loved it) so I am not familiar with Vinterberg. I am looking forward to Haneke, Hillcoat and Dominic's films and the trailer for COSMOPOLIS makes it look pretty badass.

  3. Great line up indeed, I'm very excited about "Killing Them Softly" since I loved Dominik's "Assassination of Jesse James". I hope Cosmopolis won't disappoint.

    1. I also really liked 'Jesse James'. Plenty to keep an eye out for throughout the year.

  4. Cosmopolis, The Paperboy, Killing Them Softly are the ones I'm looking forward to most. But this is a great line up and I'm sure theyre'll be many more to keep an eye out for. Loving that Cosmopolis trailer!

    1. I didn't like Precious at all, so a new film by Lee Daniels is not one I am hanging out to see, but the premise of The Paperboy sounds intriguing.

  5. I can't wait for On the Road..I hope Salles deliver it well.

  6. Whatta list of films. Damn. Rust and Bone, Cosmopolis, Paperboy, Killing them Softly, Love, Lawless, Mud… I’m excited for them all, and more!

    Thanks for posting these.

    1. No worries. I posted a trailer for 'Lawless' this afternoon. Looks awesome. What a cast!