First Look At The Cannes Line-Up: The Films In Competition

What will be joining David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis in the competition for a Palm D’or at Cannes this year? The full list of eligible films has been revealed this morning. Here they are, in alphabetical order by… um… auteur.

Rust and Bone” – dir. Jacques Audiard
Moonrise Kingdom” – dir. Wes Anderson
Holy Motors” – dir. Leos Carax
Cosmopolis” – dir. David Cronenberg
The Paperboy” – dir. Lee Daniels
Killing Them Softly” – dir. Andrew Dominik
Reality” – dir. Matteo Garrone
Love” – dir. Michael Haneke
Lawless” – dir. John Hillcoat
In Another Country” – dir. Hong Sang So
The Taste of Money” – dir. Im Sang So
Like Someone In Love” – dir. Abbas Kiarostami
The Angels’ Share” – dir. Ken Loach
In The Fog” – dir. Sergei Loznitsa
Beyond The Hills” – dir. Cristian Mungiu
Baad el Mawkeaaa (Apres La Bataille)” – dir. Yousry Nasrallah
Mud” – dir. Jeff Nichols
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet” – dir. Alan Resnais
Post Tenebras Lux” – dir. Carlos Reygadas
On The Road” – dir. Walter Salles
Paradise: Love” – dir. Ulrich Seidl
The Hunt” – dir. Thomas Winterberg

Some of these have made news here at Bleeding Cool before, and others will in future. Just last week I posted the trailer for The Angels’ Share, and the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom was a good hit with Little Bleeders a few months back.

When the bottle finally stopped spinning, Walter Salles was the director who got to make On The Road into a film, making him the envy of many, I’m sure. Curiously, he’s cast “that kid out of Tron: Legacy” and “that girl from Twilight“, so there’s been a lot of cynicism in certain quarters. Still, it’s going to be one of the highest profile films in the competition.

But despite those famous pin-up actros, Killing Them Softly has it beaten for star power, hands down, simply because it has Brad Pitt in it. The film promises to be a pretty old-school crime thriller, and if it plays like Dominik’s Assassination of Jesse James, I can see it being a contender.

Amongst the cast of The Paperboy are Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron and… well, the point is this: it’s Cannes, and Cannes is becoming more and more of a celebrity circus, year on year. An awful lot of flash powder is going to be spent on the red carpets this year, and a lot of the global media coverage will hang on who was wearing what and so on…

But, as of yet, not having seen any of the films, and not feeling compelled to just list who is in them all, I find myself with very little to say.

Still, there’s some directors there I really like, the Cosmopolis, Angels’ Share and, to some extent, Rust and Bone trailers have caught my eye, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of these films.

After Cannes. In England. Probably in the rain. Possibly near a fish market. You know how it goes.

Still, I am working on getting us good coverage from the fest this year. Stay tuned.

Now, I hadn’t run the Rust and Bone trailer here before, so here it is.

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