Official Cannes 2012 Line-Up: ‘Killing Them Softly,’ ‘Cosmopolis’ and ‘Lawless’ Top The Bill

By  · Published on April 19th, 2012

After literally days of rampant speculation and fanciful rumor-spreading (on my part), this year’s official line-up for the Cannes 2012 Film Festival has officially been unveiled by officials in the South of France. Officially.

Unsurprisingly, and as predicted, my own 13 film wishlist was largely completely wrong ‐ but I did predict a massive four (including the absence, thankfully, of Terrence Malick), and in my defense, Michael Haneke’s Love was the 14th film on my list until I decided to oust it for timing reasons. Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson and Tom Hardy will battle each other as Killing Them Softly (the awfully renamed adaptation of Cogan’s Trade), Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and the other needlessly renamed flick, Lawless (why not just keep it as The Wettest County?) compete for the Palme d’Or.

At this stage, aside from the three titular highlights, the prospect of a midnight screening of Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D sticks out, along with Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious, The Paperboy starring Zac Efron (who’d have thought that the competition this year would feature Efron, Shia LaBeouf and Robert Pattinson?). And then there’s the small matter of the long in gestation On The Road from Walter Salles, Haneke’s Love and long-time festival favourite Ken Loach’s latest. It all makes for a fine selection, despite the lack of Prometheus and The Master, both of which I would have killed to see in France, and one with plenty of commercial interest (not that that’s what the fest stands for at all).

And I haven’t quite given up on the idea of Prometheus sneaking in as a Special Out of Competition screening ‐ because Cannes is notorious for adding films to the bill very late.

Anyway, here’s the list in full. Behold!

Opening Film

Closing Film

In Competition

Un Certain Regard

Out of Competition

Midnight Screenings

Special Screenings

Short Films

The Cinefondation Selection

That’s it. What are you most pumped for? What should we see while we’re there?

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