Monday, March 27, 2017

The Croisette Speculation Continues / Wakefield Wakes / The Scent of Rain and Lightning

Hope you had a nice spring weekend...But now it's Monday.


Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in Downsizing (from The Daily Mail)

As we are three weeks prior to the official announcement of the competition (and most other) films for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the insider dope and speculation continues to come forth.  This week it was The Playlist's turn to offer up thoughts about the films that may be included in the April 13th reveal.

Here's the skinny from that Kevin Jagernauth piece in as far s films that we have been batting back and forth as potential Telluride selections as well.

Jagernauth flat out declares that Wim Wenders Submergence and Alfonso Cuaron's Roma are out for Cannes.

Among the films that he lists as "Possibly in the Mix" are:
George Clooney's Suburbicon
Alexander Payne's Downsizing
Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here
Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete
Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless

And among those he lists as "Strong Contenders":

Michael Haneke's Happy End
Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck
Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable
Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub

There are several other films listed as "Strong Contenders"  The entire Jagernauth/Playlist piece is here.


One of the joys of TFF #43 was getting to sit in a room and listen to Bryan Cranston talk about film. Cranston's Wakefield (also starring Jennifer Garner and directed by Robin Swicord) played to a middling response.  The People's Telluride gave it a 3.59/5 rating to be 12th of 21 films rated but The Professionals had it at 2.67/5  to be the 13th of 14 films rated.

We got news this week that the film has a distributor-IFC Films and a release date for the U.S.-May 19th.

Here's the story from The Wrap.


Film maker and friend of MTFB Casey Twenter and his writing partner Jess Robison are at it again.  The duo who wrote and produces Rudderless, which closed Sundance in January of 2014 have a new film that is out in the world soon.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning is their adaptation of a novel by Nancy Pickard and premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival this past weekend.  The film will also play soon at the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Kansas City FilmFest.

Blake Robbins directed and the film stars the red hot/rising actress Maika Monroe.

Robbins penned this "nuts and bolts" descriptive piece for that appeared this week.

It might be added that a certain blogger has seen a a screener of the film and it very well done.

Congratulations and good luck to Casey, Jeff, Blake and the whole Rain/Lightning crew.

That's your MTFB for this Monday.  I'll have more later in the on Thursday.


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