With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while the official list of films will not be announced until mid-April, here is a look at some possible French contenders.
Gaspard Noé’s first film in english, Love, is described by Vincent Maraval, the co-producer of the film, as a “sexual melodrama about a boy, a girl and another girl”. Filmgoers can expect plenty of explicit sex scenes from the controversial director whose films have shocked some audiences. But Maraval adds Love will be a “joyous” film about sex.
Father and son Philippe and Louis Garrel both have films ready for the festival. Veteran director Philippe has just finished L’ombre des Femmes (Women’s Shadow) while son Louis has stepped behind the camera for the first time for Les Deux Amis (The Two Friends) in which he also co-stars. Louis recently played Yves Saint Laurent’s lover Jacques de Bascher in Bertrand Bonellos’s Saint Laurent. He is also one of the stars of MaÏwenn’s potential Cannes offering Mon Roi. MaÏwenn won the Jury Prize in 2011 for her highly acclaimed Polisse.
Jacques Audiard is no stranger to Cannes. Un Prophète (A Prophet) won the 2009 Grand Jury Prize while De rouille et d’Os (Rust and Bone) was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 2012. This year he is trying to complete Erran a thriller about a Sri Lankan Tamil fighter. Back in 1996, Arnaud Desplechin’s Comment Je me suis Disputé ma Vie Sexuelle (My Sex Life or How I got into an Argument) was in competition for the Palme d’Or. This year Desplechin is back with a prequel to that film Nos Arcadies -Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse with Mathieu Amalric once again in the lead role. Amalric is also in veteran director Jean Paul Rappeneau’s first film in 12 years, Belles Familles.
Could Abdellatif Kechiche repeat the huge success he had at Cannes with La vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Colour) which won the coveted Palme d’Or in 2013? Possibly, if he manages to complete La Blessure with Gérard Depardieu who is also starring in another Cannes hopeful Gullaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love alongside Isabelle Huppert.
Elsewhere other French contenders could include Michel Gondry’s Microbe and Gasoil; Bruno Podalydes’ Comme un Avion; Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite whose Quand J’etais chanteur and A L’origine where both in the Cannes competition and Valerie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien based on a 1971 screenplay by Francois Truffaut with rising star Anaïs Demoustier in the lead role.
Cinema buffs still have to wait for the director of the festival Thierry Frémaux to announce the final selection. Meanwhile, Lambert Wilson will announce the winners at the award ceremony on 24th May.