MAN POWER: Next month’s Cannes Film Festival looks set to be a fine moment for the world’s leading tailors, with many of the movies both in and out of competition featuring strong male-led casts.
“Benicio Del Toro asked me last night whether he needed to get a new tuxedo,” the festival’s artistic director Thierry Frémaux quipped during a press conference to reveal the official selection of movies in competition at the 66th edition of the festival, which runs from May 15 to 26.
“I told him yes,”he added — the actor is one of the stars of French director Arnaud Desplechin’s “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian),” in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or award.
Other leading men expected to make an appearance include Robert Redford, who plays in J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost,” part of the festival’s official selection but not in competition. Redford has not made an appearance in Cannes for many years, Frémaux said.
Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra”, meanwhile, features Michael Douglas alongside Matt Damon and Rob Lowe, while Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which will open the festival, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Orlando Bloom will appear in Jérôme Salle’s “Zulu,” the closing movie.
Mulligan is set for a busy few days in Cannes, as she also stars in the latest movie by Ethan and Joel Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, alongside Justin Timberlake. The film is also competing for the Palme d’Or.
The festival will feature a tribute to Jerry Lewis, with a special screening of what the actor, producer and director has reportedly described as his “last movie.” Directed by Daniel Noah, “Max Rose” features Lewis in the title role alongside “Scrubs” star Kerry Bishé.
As far as leading ladies go, Marion Cotillard makes an appearance in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” while Emma Watson plays in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” which will open the “Un Certain Regard” section of the festival.
Emmanuelle Seigner stars alongside Mathieu Amalric in Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur.” Kristin Scott Thomas joins Ryan Gosling in Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives,” while Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim headline Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Grand Central.”