I missed a buried lead in Variety‘s Anne Thompson 3.3. item that seemed to debunk that strange IMDB posting that has the Coen brothers Burn After Reading playing the Cannes Film Festival on 5.14.
Thompson wrote that (a) while Cannes honcho Thierry Fremaux “will want it [although] he hasn’t screened it yet” and (b) Working Title says “it probably won’t be finished in time.” Wait a minute — a movie that began shooting last August and wrapped sometime in late October — over four months ago — isn’t in some kind of viewable form yet? Given the announced September 12th Focus Features release date, a showing at the Venice Film Festival feels more likely.