The Cannes lineup and screening guide has gone up and from the looks of it, and from Oscar’s standpoint, there are some titles to keep an eye on. Those are:
Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Clint Eastwood
Che (The Argentine; Guerrilla), starring Benicio Del Toro, directed by Steven Soderbergh
Synecdoche, New York, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman
Out of Competition:
What Just Happened, starring Bruce Willis, directed by Barry Levinson
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, directed by Marina Zenovich
These are the names and titles that jump off the page in an obvious way. But because nothing is ever that predictable, we reserve our right to change our minds later if any of these films end up with the hotly desired fifteen minutes standing ovation.
One does wonder, though, which film will get the dreaded booing, always a risk when starting the season early at Cannes.