New Films From Todd Solondz, Steven Soderbergh, Steve McQueen, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, Tomas Alfredson, Yorgos Lanthimos & More All In Contention Too
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival isn’t quite yet a week in, and some of the most eagerly anticipated films are still unfurling: Lars Von Trier‘s “Melancholia” only just screened, while the next few days brings Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive” and Paolo Sorrentino‘s “This Must Be The Place,” among others. But already, eyes are turning to the fall festival season. Variety have reported the first few confirmed films for the 68th Venice Film Festival, as well as those that are planning, but not yet locked, to bow there, and, if even half the films there make it in, it’s shaping up to be a doozy.
The trade says that five films seem to essentially be locked up to be in competition at the Lido, and they’re some of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. Roman Polanski‘s “Carnage,” an adaptation of the Broadway hit “God of Carnage,” by Yasmin Reza, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz, looks to be set, as is another theatre-to-film transfer, David Cronenberg‘s “A Dangerous Method,” with Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. Todd Solondz‘s “Dark Horse,” which stars Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken, Selma Blair and Justin Bartha, also looks to be in competition.
Four high-profile British films all seem to be locked in as well, at least according to Variety: “Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold‘s adaptation of “Wuthering Heights,” Steve McQueen‘s “Shame,” with Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, and Michael Winterbottom‘s “Trishna,” a contemporary adaptation of “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” with Riz Ahmed and Frieda Pinto.
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