The Cannes List

Festival Director Bill Gosden takes us through the 21 films from this year's official Cannes selections that you will get to see in NZIFF 2013.

In Competition

From the Competition, you’ll be able to see Heli, the controversial winner of this year’s Best Director award; Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, winner of the Best Screenplay prize for China’s most insistently contemporary filmmaker; Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his A Separation, and winner of the Best Actress award for Bérénice Bejo (The Artist). Stand by too for Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Award winner, Like Father, Like SonPaolo Sorrentino’s ravishing 21st century response to La dolce vitaThe Great Beauty; and Steven Soderberg’s brilliant foray into Liberace’s closet, Behind the Candelabra.

No Palme d’Or for us or the rest of the world quite yet: word is that the version rewarded at Cannes requires further work. But the last film to be announced for Cannes’ Competition this year was the last one aboard for us too: we close this year’s NZIFF with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.

Un Certain Regard Section

From Un Certain Regard, the section that supplements the competition (and gives the cognoscenti  a chance to cry “That should have been in competition!”), we have The Missing Picture from Cambodia; the Kurdish western, My Sweet PepperlandOmar, a riveting thriller from the West Bank; Norte, the year’s slow cinema masterpiece; Stranger by the Lake, our most hardcore offering of the year, but also a seductive and tense mystery (which should definitely have been in competition); and Sofia Coppola’s eagerly awaited foray into Paris Hilton’s closet, The Bling Ring.

Director's Fortnight Section

The prestigious Director’s Fortnight gave the year’s most striking British film, The Selfish Giant from Clio Barnard, director of The Arbor; Jodorowsky’s surreal and long-gestating memoir The Dance of Reality and the Singaporean kid-vs-nanny tale Ilo Iloawarded the Caméra d’Or for best first film in all of Cannes; and two sharp last-minute entries for the Incredibly Strange line-up, Magic Magic and Blue Ruin.

Cannes Classics

From the sidebars, we have two refurbished greats, direct from their Cannes Classics premieres, Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (The Lonely Wife) looking better than new; and Weekend of a Champion the long lost documentary made with young Roman Polanski and his Formula one hero Jackie Stewart at Monte Carlo in 1971. 

Midnight Screenings

Cannes has its Midnight Madness too, and that’s how we found out about Monsoon Shootouta Mumbai police thriller with a what-if, triple Sliding Doors scenario.