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Five things we learned this week – April 18th 2014

1) Cannes 2014 announces lineup – Loach, Leigh, Cronenberg, Gosling & more

Yesterday saw the official announcement of the slate of films playing at the Festival de Cannes 2014.

From an Irish point of view the biggest story here may well be the premiere of the final narrative-based film (or so he says) from Ken Loach, Jimmy’s Hall, which was filmed in Leitrim and Sligo and famously saw the director’s appeal for old-fashioned editor’s edge number tape answered by Pixar.

Variety has the full line-up but some of the titles to catch our eye included

  • A 3D Godard film by the name of Goodbye to Language
  • Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut which is now titled Lost River
  • Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner
  • Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg’s look at celebrity and Hollywood, with Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore and Carrie Fisher
  • Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher which stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum

And to wrap up here’s the poster for the festival, complete with effortless cool from Marcello Mastroianni, the Italian star of Fellini’s .


– Nigel Wheatley