Picking up where Cineuropa.org’s Fabien Lemercier left off on 2.16, several Indiewire contributors (Austin Dale, Peter Kneght, Eric Kohn, Bryce J. Renninger, Nigel Smith) have assembled a Cannes 2012 wish-list of 30 titles.

Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck during film of Oklahoma-based love story once known as The Burial.

If nothing else the piece reminded that Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, which Lemercier mentioned also, is now being called Killing Them Softly. I somehow missed the initial announcement about this.

Mercier didn’t speculate about David Siegel & Scott McGehee‘s What Maisie Knew, so that’s a newbie.

For a reason that makes no logistical sense to me whatsoever, the Indiewire guys are fantasizing about Terrence Malick‘s Oklahoma-shot love story with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz making a possible appearance in Cannes.

Malick wrapped this film in late 2010, and if you know anything about Malick’s legendary editing-room dilly-dallying you know that the strongest likelihood is an appearance by the end of this year, but more likely sometime in 2013. The man apparently needs something close to two years in post to complete a film. 13 or 14 months ago I wrote that the drama, once titled The Burial, “is expected sometime in 2013. Okay, I’m kidding but anyone who expects to see this puppy before fall 2012 is probably dreaming.” I was slightly exaggerating at the time, but right now 2013 no longer feel like a joke. Especially with Malick currently occupied with shooting Lawless and Knight of Cups.