The organizers of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival released the lineup for this year’s festival, which will include films by David Cronenberg, Lee Daniels, Jeff Nichols, Andrew Dominick, and Wes Anderson all screening films in competition. A total of 54 films representing 26 countires will be presented at the festival celebrating world cinema.
Some of the predicted titles were present like Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel On the Road, Cosmopolis from David Cronenberg, The Paperboy directed by Lee Daniels, Jacques Audidard’s Rust and Bone, the follow up to A Prophet and Lawless, John Hillcoat’s tale of bootlegging broothers in the U.S. There were a few surprises like Jeff Nichols’ Mud and Andrew Dominick’s Killing Them Softly that helped round out the competition slate.

In the Un Certain Regard section, Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Ben Zeitlin will make an appearance as well as wunderkind director Xavier Dolan’s new film Laurence Anyways, as well as Antiviral, directed by Brandon Cronenberg, son of David. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the Nicole Kidman-Clive Owen  movie Hemmingway and Gellhorn will both screen out of competition.
With the films premiering, the Croisette will be sure to see the usual cavalcade of stars with Twilight actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Willis, and Reese Witherspoon each having films that are set to be screened.
Taking a gander at the full list yields some interesting statistics:
  • Four American directors will be screening films in competition
  • 16 of the 22 directors in competition have screened films in Cannes before
  • Matthew McConaughey, with The Paperboy and Mud, will have two films screened in competition
  • There are no female directors with films competing in competition
  • Four previous Palme d’Or winners will present films: Michael Hanke (Amour), Christian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills), Ken Loach (The Angel’s Share), Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone in Love)
It will be interesting to see the impact the films selected will have on the film year. Last year, Oscar nominated films The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris and eventual Best Picture winner The Artist played at the festival. Could this year’s Best Picture winner reside amongst the films being shown?
Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson will open the festival on May 16th with recently announced Therese D., late French director Claude Miller’s final film, closing the fest on May 27th.
You can view the full list at Cannes Film Festival website.