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Director: James Gray
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
James Gray has already stated that he wants a Cannes premiere for his long-in-the-works period drama, at one point titled "Nightingale." He has every reason to be confident: far more highly regarded in France than in his native America, Gray has competed for the Palme d'Or with his last three features, mostly recently 2008's "Two Lovers." Shot by the great Darius Khondji, Set in 1920s New York, "Lowlife" is a tantalizingly lush-looking effort, allegedly incorporating elements of magical realism into its story of a Polish prostitute (Cotillard) caught between her pimp (Gray's regular leading man Phoenix) and the magician who loves her. The Weinsteins acquired the film last year, but a Cannes premiere always looked the likeliest course of action. It may not be Gray's only film at the festival, either: he also co-penned the screenplay for Guillaume Canet's US-set thriller "Blood Ties," which also stars Cotillard.