The Cannes Film Festival opens Wednesday (May 12) with a screening of “Robin Hood,” the Ridley Scott-Russell Crowe take on the oft-told legend that hits theaters in the U.S. on Friday.
The movie isn’t part of the competition at the festival, though — it’s just a big, lavish premiere. In fact, of the handful of movies that are likely to get a good-sized release in this country, only one, “Fair Game,” is in the main competition.
That’s not really what Cannes tends to be about — while the scene there tends to be full of stars and wealthy people throwing parties on yachts, the actual festival is its usual serious, internationally focused self. Here’s a look at a few of the movies that will probably make their way into American theaters in the coming months.
Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”) directed this account of CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) and her outing during the run-up to the Iraq war. Sean Penn plays her husband, diplomat Joe Wilson, whose fact-finding mission to Niger was, he claimed, twisted to justify the invasion. It’s scheduled for release later this year.
The latest film from director Mike Leigh (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Secrets & Lies”) is a bittersweet look at a year in the life of a middle-age couple, their family and friends and the various relationships that live and die with the seasons. It stars Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ruth Sheen. Leigh’s films tend to get a fair shake in the States, and we hope that’s the case here.
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”
Woody Allen’s latest stars Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins in a story about “a group of people whose passions, ambitions and anxieties force them all into assorted troubles that run the gamut from ludicrous to dangerous.”
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
Oliver Stone‘s sequel to his 1987 movie was supposed to be released in April, but 20th Century Fox, which is releasing it, decided to hold it till Sept. 24. That at least allowed the movie, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas, who’s reprising his Gordon Gekko character, to get a splashy debut in the south of France.
Javier Bardem stars in this drama about a man who works in Barcelona’s underground and is trying to look after his kids who’s confronted by a childhood friend who’s now a cop. It doesn’t have an American release set yet, but we’re hoping that the combination of Bardem and writer-director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel,” “Amores Perros”) will be enough to ensure that what sounds like a pretty intriguing story will make it to this country.
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