The 64th Festival de Cannes‘ Official Selection was unveiled in Paris this morning.
The competition line-up includes new films from Terrence Malick (USA), Pedro Almodóvar (Spain), Lars von Trier (Denmark), Paolo Sorrentino (Italy), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey), Takashi Miike (Japan), Lynne Ramsay (UK), Aki Kaurismäki (Finland) and the Dardenne brothers (Belgium).
Screening out-of-competition are Jodie Foster‘s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Rob Marshall‘s Disney epic Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, as well as Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris, which opens the festival on May 11. These, as well as Robert De Niro‘s Jury – which is to be announced next week – are expected to bring a host of Hollywood A-listers to the Croisette.
As reported on FRR yesterday, Gus Van Sant’s Restless opens the Un Certain Regard category that includes new films from Kim Ki-Duk (South Korea), Bruno Dumont (France), Joachim Trier (Norway), Erik Khoo (Singapore) and Robert Guédeguian (France).
The festival also sees the out-of-competition premiere of The Conquest, Xavier Durringer‘s rise-to-power biopic of Nicolas Sarkozy, which is expected to stir some controversy and add a political edge to the festival.
Juries are expected to be confirmed and films added in the coming days. This year’s festival runs May 11-22.