As it happens every year, the announcement of final addition of films to the In Competition and Un Certain Regard slates have been announced and, as usual, not without controversy. Naomi Kawase’s AN will be the opening night film for Un Certain Regard. Her Still the Water was in competition last year. Previous Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can See His Past Lives) will also be represented in the UCR this year, a perceived step down. In an attempt to quell the impression that this year’s selection was slight on diversity of continents, Latin American films from Brillante Mendoza (Taklub) and José Luis Rugeles Gracia (Alias Maria) will also appear in the UCR and Yared Zeleke’s Lamb becomes the first Ethiopian representative in Official Selection. The highly anticipated Gaspar Noé film Love will show up as a Midnight Screening. Expect that to be a crazy night on the Croisette.
For the In Competition additions we have Cronic from Michel Franco, about a nursing home for the terminally ill and starring Tim Roth and The Valley of Love from Guillaume Nicloux and starring French acting royalty Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. Terence Davies’s Sunset Song, about the daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s, was on the short list for being added to this year’s competition. He had previously been in competition for the Palme d’Or in 1992 with The Long Day Closes and in 1995 with The Neon Bible.
Cronic by Michel Franco
The Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Alias Maria by José Luis Rugeles Gracia
Taklub by Brillante Mendoza
Lamb by Yared Zeleke
Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
AN by Naomi Kawase (Opening Film)
Une histoire de fou (Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad) by Robert Guédiguian
Love by Gaspar Noé