The Onion absolutely nailed it with their headline the other day, "Jesus, This Week".
To ignore everything else that happened this week, lets take a look at the the 2013 Festival de Cannes, which announce the main competition and Un Certain Regard lineups (and special screenings) this week.
It looks like a great lineup, featuring the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne's Nebraska, Asghar Farhadi's The Past, the Coen Bros Inside Llewyn Davis, and most importantly to me, Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son. There are more films that look great and make me jealous of the writers who will be there as well, but those are the ones that stick out from the competition slate for me.
But we run into a kind of strange variation of the female director problem again, with only Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and her Un Chateau en Italie in competition. Its a variation of the problem because the Un Certain Regard slate features so many female directors. Six of the fourteen Un Certain Regard films come from female directors, like Sofia Coppola, Clare Denis, and Valeria Golino. So why not have some of them in competition instead? It's curious, especially after all of the heat the festival has taken over the last couple of years.
News, links, etc:
-Get yourself familiar with these films that premier at Tribeca this year. (Moviefone)
-Amy Seimitz is going to have a huge year this year, and it continues next month as her first film behind the camera, Sun Don't Shine -- a road trip film made along the Florida Gulf Coast -- comes out on VOD. (NY Times)
-Julie Delpy in the GQ Q&A for Before Midnight -- they should quote her for the tagline: "This is a film for people who can handle a pair of tits." (GQ)
-Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux on the 2013 line up and Lars Von Trier's persona status. (Screen Daily)
-Even if it is in the NY Post, how do you not read an article that starts off like this? "As Anthony Bourdain took the first foul, unwashed bite of warthog anus, his producer Chris Collins gave him a look that said: 'Man, you’re going to get so sick.'" (NY Post)
-Francois Ozon on his new film. (Vulture)
-Maude Apatow nervously interviews Molly Ringwald about her new album and being a legend. (Rookie)
-I'd be perfectly fine with Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars again, if only to see all everybody lose their shit again. (Next Film)
-Some great photos of (mostly) French actresses, like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroani and Sofia Coppola by Kate Barry. (Everyday I Show)
-Is fandom actually killing television? (Grantland)
-Sebastian Junger on the documentary he's making about his Restrepo co-director, Tim Hetherington, a combat photographer who died during the fighting in Libya. (IndieWire)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-This TV spot just made me lose all hope for Pacific Rim being a good film. (Movieline)
-A short, unsubbed teaser for Francois Ozon's new film, Jeune & Jolie (Young & Pretty), which will play Cannes this year. (Playlist)
-Romeo and Juliet just looks like a boring adaptation, at least compared to Baz Luhrman's and Franco Ziffrelli's. (Moviefone)
-An adaptation of the novel Syrup with Amber Heard. The only thing I really remember about reading the book was that I hated it. (Apple)
-The last time I talked about Kiyoshi Kurosawa's new film it was called A Perfect Day for Plesiosaur. It's since been renamed to the rather dull Real. (Twitch)
-A trailer for some sort of "super" man. (Yahoo)