With the avalanche of 2012 Top Ten lists petering out and the Sundance Film Festival a mere two weeks away from introducing what could be this year’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” or “Sleepwalk With Me,” it’s time to stop reflecting on the past year’s cinema and start getting excited about this one’s. Because if the 50 films most anticipated by Indiewire’s editors listed below are any indication, it looks like a very promising year ahead.
From the work of Steve McQueen, Lars Von Trier and Sofia Coppola to the inspirations of Julian Assange, Linda Lovelace and David Sedaris (not to mention double doses of on-screen magic from Tilda Swinton and Ryan Gosling), here are 50 films likely to be released in 2013 that Indiewire’s staff are most excited to see:
“Map to the Stars”
Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Rachel Weisz, Robert Pattinson
Distributor: None as of yet.
Release Date: Very likely to premiere in Cannes or Venice or Toronto, with a deal and release date to follow.
Why Might It Be a Must See: Whatever you think of Robert Pattison becoming David Cronenberg’s newfound muse, their second collaboration in as many years looks mighty appealing. The long-delayed “Map to The Stars” also brings Cronenberg’s other righthand man Viggo Mortensen along for the ride (as well as Rachel Weisz), and is said to be a complex Hollywood satire… It’s also the first film the Canadian director has actually shot in America. [Peter Knegt]
“Queen of the Desert”
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson, Jude Law
Release date: Nothing yet.
Why Might It Be a Must See: Just because he was recently seen onscreen as the villain in “Jack Reacher” doesn’t mean Herzog has sold out. Every since “Rescue Dawn,” the kooky Bavarian filmmaker has entered a compelling new stage with the narrative side of his filmmaking career, delivering bizarre, discursive dramas (can anyone really explain “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?”) with the same loony poetry that often spills out of Herzog’s mouth (that iguana bit in “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” was something else). Herzog’s new movie looks like a consolidation of his life as an adventurous documentarian and oddball fiction work: The movie stars Watts as legendary explorer Gertrude Bell and Pattinson as “Lawrence of Arabia” author T.E. Lawrence. Herzog tends to bring out the maniacal side of his actors, which means this could be a thrill ride in more ways than one. [Eric Kohn]
Viggo Mortenson is another hunky man.....both of them in a movie together.....the screen will sizzle!!
Robert Pattinson will be presenting at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. The awards will take place Sunday, January 13, at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California.
Adele, Taylor Swift, Robert Pattinson, Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson, Jeremy Irons, Jessica Alba, Lucy Liu and Dennis Quaid have been added to the roster of presenters for the 70th Golden Globe Awards. They join previously announced George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner , Debra Messing, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell in the all-star group that will grace the stage of the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton.
International superstar Adele, a multi-Grammy and Brit Awards winner, has been nominated for the Golden Globes as composer and performer of the song “Skyfall”, theme of the eponymous James Bond movie. Pop-country superstar Taylor Swift has been nominated in the Best Somg category for “Safe and Sound”, from Hunger Games. Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight franchise, is currently working on director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s war drama Operation Blacklist. Megan Fox is currently on screens in Judd Apatow‘s This is 40.Rosario Dawson is the star of director Danny Boyle‘s upcoming movie Trance.Irons, a two-time Golden Globe Award winner and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee, is the star of the drama series The Borgias and will be seen on the big screen, in February, in director Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures.
8. Maps to the Stars – Dir. David Cronenberg
Why This Makes the Top 10: While it may not have been to everyone’s taste, Cronenberg’s 2012 pairing with Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis, was odd, and more often that not, interesting. But it’s their next collaboration that really has our dander up, Maps to the Stars, scripted by Bruce Wagner (husband of Rebecca de Mornay) and set to star Pattinson, Viggo Mortenson and Rachel Weisz. Described as an acerbic and complex satire of Hollywood, but not along the lines of Altman’s The Player, assures Cronenberg, we’re excited about the simplistically cryptic description of the script as “very extreme.” Set to be the Canadian native’s first film shot on US soil (with Said Ben Said producing), production is set to start in May, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see the finished product.
The Gist: While the synopsis is being kept under wraps, Cronenberg comments, “Hollywood is a world that is seductive and repellent at the same time, and it is the combination of the two that makes it so potent. I won’t fall back on some clichés or simplistic sloganeering, because the culture and what it reveals about Western culture and the rest of the world is very complex.”