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69th Cannes International Film Festival Lineup Announced

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The full lineup for the 69th Cannes International Film Festival was announced this morning in Paris. Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Shane Black, Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Jeff Nichols, Pedro Almodovar, Xavier Dolan, the Dardenne brothers and Paul Verhoeven are just some of the directors who have films showing at the festival.

In the out of competition section, Spielberg’s “The BFG” will show alongside Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys,” Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” and Woody Allen’s previously announced festival opener “Café Society.”

Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” which stars Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton, will compete against Penn’s “The Last Face,” Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” Verhoeven’s “Elle,” and the Dardenne brother’s “The Unknown Girl” for the coveted Palme d’Or.

Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure announced the lineup during a press conference Thursday morning. “We saw 1,869 features films to obtain a selection of 49 films,” said Fremaux. “Last year, it was 1,850, 1,830 the year before, 1,500 in 2010 and 1,000 10, 15 years ago. With the digital era the number of films we receive increases each year. The democratic principle on which Cannes is based that everyone has the right to send a film and it will be screened. Out of these 1,869 films, not all were brilliant but they were all screened.”

Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller is presiding over the jury at this year’s festival, which runs from May 11 to the 22nd in France. Several of Hollywood’s biggest stars could be in attendance, including Julia Roberts and George Clooney (“Money Monster”), Marion Cotillard (“Mal de Pierres,” “It’s Only the End of the World”), Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (“The Nice Guys”), Kristen Stewart (“Café Society,” “Personal Shopper”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”).

The lineup can be viewed in full below:

Main competition

  • “Agassi,” Park Chan-Wook
  • “American Honey,” Andrea Arnold
  • “Aquarius,” Kleber Mendonca Filho
  • “Bacalaureat,” Cristian Mungiu
  • “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven
  • “I, Daniel Blake,” Ken Loach
  • “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan
  • “Julieta,” Pedro Almodovar
  • “The Last Face,” Sean Penn
  • “Loving,” Jeff Nichols
  • “Ma Rosa,” Brilliante Mendoza
  • “Mal de Pierres,” Nicole Garcia
  • “The Neon Demon,” Nicolas Winding Refn
  • “Paterson,” Jim Jarmusch
  • “Personal Shopper,” Olivier Assayas
  • “Rester Vertical,” Alain Guiraudie
  • “Sierra-Nevada,” Cristi Puiu
  • “Slack Bay,” Bruno Dumont
  • “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade
  • “The Unknown Girl,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Un Certain Regard

  • “After the Storm,” Kore-Eda Hirokazu
  • “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng
  • “Caini,” Bogdan Mirica
  • “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross
  • “La Denseuse,” Stephanie Di Giusto
  • “Eshtebak,” Mohamed Diab
  • “Fuchi Ni Tastu,” Fukada Koji
  • “Hymyileva Mies,” Juho Kuosmanen
  • “La Tortue Rouge” (“The Red Turtle”), Michael Dudok de Wit
  • “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis,” Francisco Marquez & Andrea Testa
  • “Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvaot,” Eran Kolirin
  • “Omor Shakhsiya,” Maha Haj
  • “Pericle il Nero,” Stefano Mordini
  • “The Transfiguration,” Michael O’Shea
  • “Uchenik,” Kirill Serebrennikov
  • “Varoonegi,” Behnam Behzadi
  • “Voir Du Pays,” Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin

Out of Competition

  • “The BFG,” Steven Spielberg
  • “Café Society,” Woody Allen (opening film)
  • “Goksung,” Na Hong-Jin
  • “Money Monster,” Jodie Foster
  • “The Nice Guys,” Shane Black

Midnight Screenings

  • “Bu-San-Haeng,” Yeon Sang-Ho
  • “Gimme Danger,” Jim Jarmusch

Special Screenings

  • “Exil,” Rithy Panh
  • “L’Ultima Spiaggia,” Thanos Anastopoulos & Davide Del Degan
  • “Hissein Habre, Un Tragedie Tchadienne,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • “La Mort de Louis XIV,” Albert Serra
  • “Le Cancre,” Paul Becchiali

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.


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