Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Script Editor considers the festival line-up and patterns in the billing...

The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival opened today with a screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom at the Grand Théâtre Lumiere. It’s an apt curtain-raiser, what with this year’s festival showing a tendency toward all-male auteurism and reprised collaboration.

Wes Anderson reteams with co-writer, Roman Coppola and Anderson old-timers, Jason Scwartzman and Bill Murray for his latest film about two New England pre-teen runaways and a motley search party.

Director Jacques Audiard and writer Thomas Bidegain reunite for Rust and Bone, having last worked together on French prison-drama, A Prophet.

Ken Loach partners up for the third time with writer-collaborator, Paul Laverty. The pair worked together on Route Irish (2010) and Palme D’Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006). Their latest offering, The Angel’s Share, is the only UK film competing for the Palme D’Or this year.

Brad Pitt and writer-director Andrew Dominik join forces yet again with Killing Them Softly. Their last cooperative effort, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, was a critical hit in 2007.

Nick Cave has written his second feature-length screenplay, Lawless, which is directed by fellow-Australian, John Hillcoat. The pair have worked together twice before on The Proposition and - with Nick Cave in the role of composer - on The Road.

Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love will go head to head with Michael Haneke’s Amour, and Django Unchained, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, whose Inglourious Basterds missed out on the Palme D’Or three years ago.

Also in this year’s Official Selection are adapted screenplays, On the Road (dir. Walter Salles) by Jack Kerouac, Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg) by Don DeLillo, and Peter Dexter’s The Paperboy (dir. Lee Daniels).

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