Cannes opens tonight with The Great Gatsby, but since all of us already know all about that one, the big news of the day comes out of Locarno, where the festival’s announced this morning that its Pardo d’onore, an honorary Leopard, will be presented to Werner Herzog during the 66th edition running from August 7 through 17. A selection of ten films, spanning from Even Dwarves Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen, 1970) to My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009), will be screened and “Herzog will take part in a conversation with Grazia Paganelli, co-author of a study of the filmmaker, which will be open to the public.”
In other news, the Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that Danis Tanović will preside over the jury of the 19th edition (August 16 through 24), opening with Tanović’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, winner of two Silver Bears at this year’s Berlinale.
And the American Film Institute has announced that it’ll confer a Doctorate of Communication Arts degree honoris causa upon Jon Avnet and Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Kathryn Bigelow and editor Anne V. Coates.
Now then. Cannes. RogerEbert.com has begun posting a series of video essays by Scout Tafoya that looks back at a few notable years in the history of the festival. Posted so far are pieces on 1960 and 1968. Speaking of Cannes history, you can watch a hand-picked selection of over 100 films that’ve seen their premieres at the festival over the years right here on Fandor.
One more historical note. Phaidon is running an excerpt from festival president Gilles Jacob‘s autobiography, Citizen Cannes, in which he recalls the insane negotiations he went through with Martin Scorsese’s agent in order to win the director as jury president in 1998.
But to the 2013 edition. The latest to make his Palme d’Or predictions is Ioncinema‘s Eric Lavellee. The most intriguing new clip added to the festival’s collection comes from Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
And since yesterday, another round of lists of most-anticipated films has gone up. Eugene Hernandez‘s at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is especially helpful; he’s listed the films in order of the days of their premieres, starting tomorrow, with Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Amat Escalante‘s Heli. Sight & Sound editor Nick James surveys the Competition from a British angle. More new lists: Guardian (video), HitFix, Movies.com, and Vulture.
The American Pavilion is celebrating its 25th year at Cannes and, as Beth Hanna reports at Thompson on Hollywood, the program this year features James Toback, Stephen Frears, composer Cliff Martinez, and many more guests. Journalists and industry folk will be conducting a range of panels and our own Jonathan Marlow will be on one of them, “Industry In Focus: Digital Hollywood.”
Reading. In the Voice, Calum Marsh argues that “in its own singular, deeply strange way, [Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)] is David Lynch’s masterpiece.”
At Bookforum, Nick Catucci finds that Harmony Korine’s newly re-released A Crack-Up at the Race Riots shows “the artist at his most stunt-y and stunted.”
New York. This happens tonight:
Los Angeles. “As one of today’s most acclaimed experimental filmmakers, Phil Solomon’s 40-year career spans handmade films to digital art and gallery installations. Thanks to the efforts of several local venues, Los Angeles will host the most comprehensive presentation of Solomon’s work to date, beginning May 16.” And Doug Cummings interviews him for the Weekly.
Philadelphia. Tomorrow, Black Circle Cinema presents Barbara Rubin’s Christmas on Earth (1963) and Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses (1967).
In the works. In David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Al Pacino will play “an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life,” reports In Contention‘s Kristopher Tapley.
Christoph Waltz is joining Jason Clarke, Robert De Niro, and Omar Sy in the cast of Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store. Borys Kit has more in the Hollywood Reporter.
Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, and James Corden in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Oliver Lyttelton has details at the Playlist.
Obit. “Aubrey Woods, known for roles in Doctor Who and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 85,” reports the BBC. “Woods played the sweet shop owner who sang ‘The Candy Man’ in the 1971 film based on Roald Dahl’s classic book. The London-born actor also appeared as The Controller in 1972 Doctor Who serial Day of the Daleks.”