The Cannes Film Festival rounded out its programming Thursday, naming Gaspar Noe’s anticipated “Love” as an out-of-competition selection and adding two titles to the main competition.
Noe’s fourth feature -- and his first since “Enter The Void” six years ago -- will play in a midnight slot, organizers said. The new movie from the hard-hitting Argentine filmmaker had been thought a potential competition title, and its absence from the list last week had raised some eyebrows.
Not much is known about "Love," though it is the rare auteur piece presented in 3-D; Noe has described it as an explicit sexual drama.
Meanwhile, “Cronic,” a drama by Mexican director Michel Franco, has been added to the main competition slate -- addressing concerns that the competition lacked a Spanish-language title -- as has “Valley of Love” by Guillaume Nicloux.
Both represent promotions of sorts. Franco’s “After Lucia” was a prize-winner in Un Certain Regard three years ago, while Nicloux, a novelist and theater director, arrives on the Croisette’s biggest stage after his postmodern film comedy “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” was a breakout at the Tribeca Film Festival just last year.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai filmmaker known as Joe, has also accepted a slot in Un Certain Regard for his latest work, “Cemetery of Splendour,” organizers said Thursday. Joe won the Palme d’Or in 2010 for his magical-realist exercise “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives.”
“Splendour” was one of five movies added to Un Certain Regard, including “Lamb,” the first-ever Ethiopian selection, and a new movie by Colombian director José Luis Rugeles Gracia. The news follows a decision by French auteur Arnaud Desplechin to turn down Un Certain Regard in favor of playing the Croisette’s parallel Director’s Fortnight for his latest film, “My Golden Years.”