Guess the Surprise Film @ The #LFF

Excitement is growing fast for the LFF’s hottest ticket, the traditional Surprise film has every film buff in the city trying to figure out what would the chosen one be. Twitter is buzzing with wild guesses, everything from ‘The Muppets’ reboot to David Fincher’s ‘Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’; Meryl Streep impersonating Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ or Scorsese’s foray into 3D, ‘Hugo’. But none of them seem to be ready or even finished for the occasion. The following are our top 5 most likely choices:

Many people believe that Whit Stillman’s comeback ‘Damsels In Distress’, the well-received closing movie at the latest Venice festival, could be this year’s pick. But it may feel a bit too arty to please a large audience.

More feasible would be Moneyball, Bennett Miller’s second film with Brad Pitt as the peculiar manager of a baseball team, already a hit with critics and audiences in the States; this one, though, may be a bit too mainstream.

On the other side of the coin, the only hit at Cannes that was missing in this year’s program, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, could be a strong contender as it keeps its winning stride around the world, recently earning plaudits in Chicago.

An even stronger possibility is Bruce Robinson’s (Withnail & I) return with The Rum Diary, based in the Hunter S. Thompson novel about an American journalist going to Puerto Rico, starring Johnny Depp.

But if we had to bet, our money would be on ‘My Week With Marilyn’, a British production based on the relationship the Hollywood Icon had with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) during the shooting of ‘he Prince & The Showgirl. Michelle Williams’ performance is collecting rave reviews and, on paper, sounds like it may have something for everyone.

Any other suggestions?

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