Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius’ Chechnya war film The Search, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars will all be part of the competition lineup of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The lineup is heavy on films featuring Hollywood and international stars, but somewhat light on U.S. directors. Female directors have a strong presence this year.
Overall, 18 films, down from 20 last year, will compete for the festival’s main award, the Palme d’Or. One film could be added, organizers said. The opening film, Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, will screen out of competition.
Other competition titles include Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner about the classic painter, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Two Days, One Night from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who are competing for Dardenne’s third Palme d’Or win, Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water and Timbuktu from Abderrahmane Sissako. Plus, the living legend of French cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, will be back in competition and on the Croisette with his latest work, Goodbye to Language.
The competition films unveiled Thursday feature such stars as Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader (The Homesman), Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Robert Pattinson, John Cusack and Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars), Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson (The Captive), Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening (The Search), Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Lea Seydoux (The Blue Room), as well as others.
Cannes previously announced Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose), as this year’s opening night film. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux explained that the version showing at the festival will be the director’s cut.
Ryan Gosling will bring added star power to the Croisette with his directorial debut Lost River, which will be part of the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
Out of competition titles include Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, starring Gong Li, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, which Fremaux said will allow the fest to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the animation studio in the presence of long-term supporter Jeffrey Katzenberg.