The lineup for the 65th Cannes Film Festival has been announced and since most of us won’t be going to the Croisette to attend, here’s why you should care. Last year’s festival, with film’s like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Terence Malick’s Tree of Life (which won Cannes’ highest honor, the Palme d’Or) and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia all making their debuts, changed the game when a little film called The Artist rode a wave that started in the south of France in May 2011 and didn’t crest until it hit the Oscars in February 2012. (Midnight in Paris and Tree of Life also got Best Picture nods.) Chances are you'll be hearing a lot about a lot of these films.
There are some big movies in competition and out that will be screening and they have big names attached to them. As expected, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson (new pics below), Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly (aka Cogan’s Trade) with Brad Pitt, Walter Salles’ On the Road with Kristen Stewart (Robsten on the red carpet!)and Sam Riley and Lee Daniels' Paperboy with Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman are among the films selected for the Festival, which opens on May 16.
This year the lineup is unusually English-language heavy. (Even the poster is of an American film icon, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.) Jeff Nichols, director of Take Shelter is back with Mud starring Matthew McConaughey, John Hillcoat’s Lawless with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce (among others) made the cut as well. (To mark the occasion we've shared a new pic from the film. That's the Bondurant brothers at the top of the post: Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf)
These films are good news for stargazers of course. In addition to the actors mentioned above, you can expect Eva Mendes in support of Holly Motors, Kirsten Dunst for On the Road, McConaughey actually has two films since he’s also in Paperboy.
What we won’t see are two films thought to be a lock but weren’t finished in time: Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Terrence Malick's The Burial.
Festival organizers announced 54 of this year's selections this morning but more titles will be added next week. The selections were made from 1,779 submissions.
Out-of-competition films include DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Philip Kaufman's Hemingway and Gellhorn for HBO with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (another double-dipper).
As we’ve previously told you, another American film, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival. The closing film will be the late Claude Miller's final film, Therese Desqueyroux. The festival will also screen a new version of Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in America, with 40 minutes of previously unseen footage (bringing the total running time to 269 minutes).
Cannes will open on May 16, and run through May 27.