Hollywood officials associated with the Cannes Film Festival surely know how to market the weeklong event. A clip from the new Alexander Payne movie "Nebraska" has become the latest added to a spate of previews released amid the festival's buildup.
The scene from "Nebraska" features Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father-and-son duo being confronted by Stacy Keach, who portrays a threatening figure urging Dern's character to repay the money he's owed. Filmed in black and white, "Nebraska" tells the story of an estranged father and son traveling together to claim prize money and meet up with those to whom the father is in debt.
Also starring Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad," "Mr. Show with Bob and David") and David Ratray ("Home Alone"), "Nebraska" marks Payne's sixth film as director. His most recent, 2011's "The Decedents," premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
"Nebraska" will screen at Cannes in competition, going up for the coveted Palme d'Or against other anticipated movies like Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra," the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives."
Payne described "Nebraska" as "a nice little comedy." When asked why he chose to make the movie, the director bluntly told Coming Soon, "I'm always just so damn desperate to find anything that can make a movie. I'm serious. This one is not a grand statement and it's not particularly important to me. 'The Descendants' wasn't entirely personal to me. I just thought it was make a decent movie and it would be fun to make. I also think about what would be fun to make."