Monday, March 21, 2016

Cannes Rumors of What's In and What's Out / A Look at Wilson

Good Monday to All...


We saw a flurry of reportage this weekend about the involvement or non-involvement of a number of American films in terms of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.  Sources were reporting via a number of outlets that these films were likely to be announced as part of the Cannes lineup:

Sean Penn's The Last Face
Woody Allen's Cafe Society
Jeff Nichol's Loving
Shane Black's The Nice Guys
Stephen Spielberg's The BFG

Meanwhile, the word is that neither Martin Scorsese's Silence and James Gray's The Lost City of Z will be ready for a bow at Cannes.

Jodie Foster's Money Monster has already been announced as an out of competition presentation for the fest.

In as far as implications for Telluride...

It seems to me that only The Last Face and Loving might be possible plays for the Labor Day weekend fest (that assessment includes Silence and The Lost City of Z) and I don't have a strong feeling about either of them.

The Last Face has no U.S. distribution as yet (per IMDb).  It's Telluride profile is aided by having River Road/Bill Pohlad as producers.  RR and/or Pohlad have landed  12 Years a Slave, Wild,  Into the Wild (Penn's last directing gig), Fur and Brokeback Mountain at TFF over the years.

Loving's profile is even thinner as Jeff Nichols has had zero presence at Telluride and its distributor, Focus Features, has had a spotty T-ride record, though Focus was a presence last year with Suffragette.

Here are the reports from Variety and The Playlist:


Craig Johnson's Wilson (produced, in part by Alexander Payne) has to be considered as a very likely probability for Telluride assuming the film is completed.  The film is listed at IDMb as being in post-production.

A still photo emerged on Twitter late this week purportedly of Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern from the film via @MichaelNotCera:

Wilson is being distributed by Fox Searchlight and has no announced release date as yet.

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