During my lunch hour today I printed out the list of films that have already been announced, grabbed the latest issue of Film Comment, and spent some time looking more closely at the Cannes films. I'd convinced myself that most of the big titles were already confirmed for Toronto, but several are still missing, chief among them:
- Lucretia Martel's The Headless Woman
- Philippe Garrel's Frontier of Dawn
- Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour cut of Che
- Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lisa
New films by Ferrara, Depardon, and Straub are also conspicuously absent. And after reading descriptions of Clint Eastwood's The Changeling, I'm kind of curious to see it too. I've been on a bit of a "classic Hollywood melodrama" kick lately. For fans of American indies, there's also Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, which, amazingly, still lacks American distribution.
Reading through Film Comment, I was struck by a few areas of consensus -- that Ceylan's Three Monkeys was a disappointment, that the Cantet film only seems like a reinvention of the "inspiring teacher" story if you haven't watched season 4 of The Wire, that the animated Israeli documentary, Waltz with Bashir, really is that good (it already has distribution from Sony Picture Classics, assuming SPC still exists two months from now). A few other films are now blipping more brightly on my radar: Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan, Duane Hopkins's Better Things (not yet announced for TIFF), and Brillante Mendoza's Service (Mendoza's one of those director's I feel I need to check out).
Speculation? After the announcement today of new films by Jonathan Demme and Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, 2006), I assume we'll soon see the flood of Hollywood prestige pictures and eventual Oscar winners. The Road is the only one I'm excited about, but the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading will probably show up, too (it opens in general release during the fest, so we can expect a premiere during the first weekend).
Among world filmmakers, my fingers are most tightly-crossed for Claire Denis's White Material, which stars Isaach de Bankole (!) and Isabelle Huppert (!!), and which, if the IMDb page is to be trusted, is scheduled to open in France on November 5. Another Denis film, 35 Rhums, is also in post-production and is tagged, generally, as a 2008 release, but I can't imagine she'd bring two films. Gavin Smith's favorite film at Cannes was Olivier Assayas's Summer Hours, which he saw in a "market screening" and which I didn't even know existed.
What else are we still missing?