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As reported in a Variety exclusive, many projects from returning filmmakers are expected to appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, which announces Thursday. Among those are films by Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodvar, Terrence Malick, Bong Joon-Ho and Ken Loach. 

From the Variety exclusive:

Dolan’s “Matthias & Maxime” (in which he stars), Almodovar’s self-reflective “Pain & Glory” and two-time Palme d’Or winner Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You” are set to join Jim Jarmusch’s previously announced opening film, “The Dead Don’t Die,” in competition, sources say. Other high-profile Cannes alumni who appear poised to return in competition include Malick, with his World War II drama “A Hidden Life” (previously titled “Radegund”); Bong, with “Parasite”; Marco Bellocchio, with his Mafia thriller “Traitor”; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, with “Ahmed,” a look at religious fundamentalism in Europe; and Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, with “Nighthawk.

Speculation surrounding Quentin Tarrantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”‘s entry is proving to be closer on the deadline than was expected. Tarantino’s film is in post-production, which makes it easier for Sony to push forward Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” for the slot instead.

Sony Pictures’ “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” will need to speed things up in post-production if it wants to meet its Cannes premiere.

Other films in contention for Cannes entry include Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s “Ema,” about a couple dealing with an adoption plan which quickly goes awry. It stars Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera and Mariana Loyola. Palestinian director Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” is also up in the air. It stars the director as he travels the world to find parallels to his life.

Russian director Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” is also suspected to be on the slate. Other films include Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s English-language science-fiction film “Little Joe” and Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s “Wet Season.”

The official lineup for Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be announced Thursday by artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

What do you think about the projects in contention? Are you excited for Cannes Film Festival to unveil their lineup Thursday? Let us know in the comments!

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