Looking Ahead To Cannes 2011

Cannes is coming up on May 12, and there are a lot of “event” movies playing on the French Riviera this year.

It’s an exciting time for film buffs. Of course, I’ll be relegated to reading blogs for the latest reviews. The Press & Dakotan isn’t ready to buy my ticket to France yet. But here are a few movies for which I’m excited.

After a few years of speculation, legendary director Terrence Malick will unleash his “Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Malick directed “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The New World.” He has a great eye, and I’m looking forward to seeing his newest vision.

Ever since “Breaking the Waves” broke my heart in my college days, I’ve been a huge fan of Lars von Trier, who is always full of surprises. “Melancholia” looks like no exception.

I can be hot and cold with Gus van Sant, but this movie looks like it could be kind of sweet.

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” earned a best director award for Sean Durkin at Sundance this year, and it will now go to Cannes. It looks strange and dark — just the way I like my films. Plus, the great Minnesota native John Hawkes is one of the stars.

Other films on my radar (but for which I can find no trailers at this point in time) are: Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” a revenge story about a plastic surgeon; Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Ron Perlman; and Lynn Ramsay’s family drama, “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” which is based on the bestselling book.

Ramsay has been missing in action for almost a decade, and I can’t wait to see what she has put together. “Movern Callar” was one of my favorite movies of 2002:

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