Cosmopolis on HitFix’s ‘In Contention’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Cannes 2012’ List   Leave a comment

From Hitfix:

With today’s announcement of the Directors’ Fortnight selections, this year’s Cannes lineup is effectively complete — bar some late additions that festival director Thierry Frémaux has told us to expect. As it stands, however, it’s a pretty robust get-together of arthouse VIPs and auteurs on the rise, which made whittling down a list of my 10 most anticipated titles a tough job. Needless to say, there are plenty of films not on this list that I’m eager to see. These 10, however, are the ones that have me most excited and/or curious, from Lee Daniels’s “The Paperboy” to Michael Haneke’s “Amour.

2. “Cosmopolis” (David Cronenberg)

It seems odd to be welcoming Cronenberg to Cannes mere months after he brought “A Dangerous Method” to Venice; long may this newfound productivity continue. It’s especially gratifying given that his last film, for many fans, was a minor disappointment — typically smart but surprisingly starchy given the potentially tangy subject matter. The Don DeLillo adaptation “Cosmopolis,” however, should find him on more typically wild form: an absurdist tale of one billionaire’s odyssey across New York to get a haircut, it’s Cronenberg’s first self-penned script since 1999’s “eXistenZ.” The cast, meanwhile, is irresistibly eclectic: Robert Pattinson gets to show us what he’s really made of in the lead, with Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel and Mathieu Amalric all in support. Bring it on.

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