Cannes 2012 – no women?

The Cannes competition list was published this morning. Here’s the list as given by Screendaily:

Moonrise Kingdom, dir. Wes Anderson (opening film)

Rust & Bone, dir. Jacques Audiard

Holly Motors, dir. Leos Carax

Cosmopolis, dir. David Cronenberg

Paperboy, dir. Lee Daniels

Killing Them Softly, dir. Andrew Dominik

Reality, dir. Matteo Garrone

Amour, dir. Michael Haneke

Lawless, dir. John Hillcoat

In Another Country, dir. Hong Sang Soo

The Taste of Money, dir. Im Sang-Soo

Like Someone in Love, dir. Abbas Kiarostami

The Angels’ Share, dir. Ken Loach

Beyond the Hills, dir. Cristian Mungiu

After the Battle, dir.Yousry Nasrallah

Mud, dir. Jeff Nichols

Vous n’avez encore rien vu, dir. Alan Resnais

Post Tenebras Lux, dir. Carlos Reygadas

On the Road, dir. Walter Salles

Paradis: Liebe (Paradise: Love), Ulrich Seidl

The Hunt, dir. Thomas Vinterberg

In The Fog (Im Nebel), dir Sergei Loznitsa

My first reaction is that it seems like a long list. Next, there isn’t a single woman – last year there were four (see our 2011 coverage of the Cannes announcement). I’m not sure what this means. There are three US independents including Lee Daniels, two auteurs from Latin America and two from South Korea – but none from China, Japan or India. Hooray then for the inclusion of Yousry Nasrallah representing Egypt. Otherwise it’s mainly Europeans and Anglos – Abbas Kiarostami notwithstanding.

It feels like a heavyweight competition without the major Hollywood names who usually spoil it for me (I reserve judgement on Wes Anderson). The return of Leos Carax is intriguing and it will be good to see Denis Lavant again – assuming of course that the film gets a UK release.

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