Blogs.indiewire: Woody Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, which will open the 64th Cannes Film Fest May 11 with Inglourious Basterds star rds star Melanie Laurent presiding over the opening ceremony, stars Owen Wilson, who graces this new Van Gogh-inspired poster without any of his fellow cast members, who include a blonde Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, not to mention French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. For the first time when the film opens on 400 screens in France on the same night, the Cannes Fest will supply theaters with a live stream of the opening ceremony.
Robert De Niro heads the Cannes jury, while Michel Gondry will reside over the short film and Cinefondation jury. Speculation is under way on which films will show this year, from Terrence Malick’s long-awaited Brad Pitt-starrer Tree of Life (trailer below; Fox Searchlight opens May 27) to Gus Van Sant’s Restless (Sony Pictures Classics), starring actress-on-the-rise Mia Wasikowska. The question is, will these directors enter the competition?
Other auteurs showing their films on the Croisette—assuming they get their films completed in time—could include Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In with Antonio Banderas), Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike), Nanni Moretti (Habemus Papam—“We have a Pope”), Walter Salles (On the Road), Lars Von Trier (Melancholia) and Wong Kar Wai The Grandmasters).
IndieWIRE’s detailed Cannes wish list will post on Wednesday. The announcement of the official program is April 14.