13 for 2013: Part 3 opinion

Part 1 and Part 2 are done and dusted. And so to the final thrilling instalment of mouth-watering movie prospects of 2013…

Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry has had a near-miss (The Science of Sleep) and a slightly more distant miss (Be Kind Rewind), both written as well as directed by his own hand. And let’s not forget (OK, let’s maybe try to forget) one ill-suited mega-budget car-crash (The Green Hornet), as well as a little bit of harmless good fun (The We and the I). Now, the director of some of the most innovative music promos ever made as well as one of the greatest films of modern times (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), while not exactly returning to any “roots”, is taking on something that feels excitingly well suited to his genius in Mood Indigo. It’s French language, it’s got a first-rate cast, it’s written by someone else (both the original book and the adapted script) and it looks and sounds absolutely bonkers.

Her

Spike Jonze? Rooney Mara? Amy Adams? Joaquin Phoenix? All in one blender? Oh. Oh yes. Yes please. I’ll put a curly straw in Her, even if there is a slight, slight concern that the flavour might be a little iffy with director Jonze dabbling in writing again.

An Enemy

One of 2011’s best, Incendies, was nominated for, and should have won, an Academy Award for foreign language film. Its director is back in 2013 with An Enemy, an English language thriller starring the ever-reliable Jake Gyllenhall and ever-captivating Mélanie Laurent.

Any and Every Terrence Malick film

OK, so this is a bit of a cheat. The thirteenth “film” in the list of films to look forward to in 2013 could actually be anything between one and four films, made by Terrence Malick. Now, there’s more chance of it snowing in Addis Ababa on Christmas morning than there is of seeing four and the most likely scenario is that it will just be one after all, but for a man who has famously taken eons to getting around to making a single (usually instant classic) film, suddenly having four on the go is as exciting as it is baffling.

To the Wonder is scheduled for a release in February. While it contains several peculiar casting choices, the trailer is impressive, not least for Emmanuel Lubezki’s breath-taking cinematography.

Knight of Cups is also being made with a companion, untitled, film. Also with Lubezki behind the camera (in other words, although we haven’t seen anything of them yet, we know they will look extraordinary), both films star Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett with the latter film also featuring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Rooney Mara. Holy crap.

The even more mysterious Voyage of Time is in some way connected to the love-it-or-hate-it The Tree of Life. It’s Terrence Malick. That means we will almost certainly love it. It also means it will almost certainly take a mightily long voyage of time to reach the silver screen.

Finally…

Two more foreign-language tantalisers include Pedro Almodovar and Penélope Cruz comedy I’m So Excited and another highlight from the London Film Festival, Saudi film Wadjda.

And, vying with Terrence Malick, two more ridiculous cast alerts: Ridley Scott’s Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Counselor with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz, and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, with Pitt, Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and Engelbert Humberpatch.

No doubt some of the thirteen (and additional extras) will be duds or will be delayed past 2013 but with this spread there are undoubtedly some very tasty treats in store.

3rd Jan 2013

TA Wittering


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