Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nothing Dangerous at Cannes this year

The Cannes Film Festival 2011 line-up was announced a few days ago, and surprisingly, David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' was not listed. It was indicated that a few more films can be added in the following days, but a few news reports pretty much confirm that 'Method' will not be shown at Cannes.  As per IndieWire, 'Method' was on its top 40 prediction list to screen at Cannes and this is what they had to say about it prior to the final list update:

The film is reportedly complete, so it seems like a safe bet for the main competition… unless Cronenberg and company decide to avoid what will certainly be a jam-packed lineup and premiere in the director’s native Toronto instead. [Peter Knegt]

Since David is a Toronto boy, I knew 'Method' would be screened there in September at TIFF, but because Cannes is... well, Cannes, I thought it would be shown there first to wet the public's appetite. After all, it would have been Viggo Mortensen's Cannes debut, and seeing him with Keira Knightely, France's own Vincent Cassel, and our Michael Fassbender, surely the screening for 'Method' would have been one of the hottest tickets with the hottest stars. However, as some of you may already know if you have been analyzing the Cannes line-up predictions and hopes, Terrence Malik's well over due (I believe, 2 1/2 years) film 'The Tree of Life' will finally debut at this year's Cannes, to much hoopla and relief. And Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' (I can't wait to see this!), will also be showing at Cannes, and with these two films in contention, maybe the powers that be in the Cronenberg camp just want a more fan friendly opening party gala in his backyard of Toronto. I can't say that I blame him. And even if 'Life' and 'Melancholia' were to screen at TIFF also, it would not be a world premiere like how 'Method' would be at that time.

Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung in 'A Dangerous Method'

I have already got my arrangements set to spend 5-6 days in Toronto this September, and as I stated previously, this year could be a double-whammy of Michael Fassbender because along with 'Method', I highly anticipate him being in town to also promote 'Shame'.

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