49 selected films include “Foxcatcher,” “The Homesman” and “Eleanor Rigby,” with 15 female directors and five first-timers
Ryan Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg are among the directors whose films will screen at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers announced on Thursday morning in Paris.
The festival’s most prestigious section, the main competition lineup, will feature 18 films, including Jones’ “The Homesman,” with Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank; Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carrell; and Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” with Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore; and “Farewell to Language” from legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, who has promised the festival that he will attend. (The last time he had a film at Cannes, he did not.)
It will also include a number of films from directors who have previously won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, including “Two Days, One Night” from the Dardenne brothers (who won for “Rosetta” and “The Child”), “Jimmy’s Hall” from Ken Loach (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley”), and “Mr. Turner” from Mike Leigh (“Secrets & Lies”).
Other films in the lineup include Atom Egoyan’s “Captives,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s three-hour-plus “Winter Sleep,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and “The Search” from “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius.
Films in the Un Certain Regard section, which festival chief Thierry Fremaux called “counter-programming” to the official selection, include Gosling’s “Lost River,” with Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelssohn, Matthieu Amalric’s “The Blue Room,” Wim Wenders’ and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s “The Salt of the Earth” and Ned Benson’s “Eleanor Rigby,” a two-part Jessica Chastain/James McAvoy film which won raves at last year’s Toronto Film Festival under the title “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her.”
Out-of-competition screenings include the premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which the Cannes release calls “Dragons 2.”
Fremaux said one additional out-of-competition screening has yet to be announced. The main competition, he said, will remain at 18 rather than the usual 20, because European elections have caused the festival to end its competition one day earlier than usual.
The lineup should guarantee a significant amount of star power to attract flashbulbs on the Croisette, with other stars including Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”), Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche (“Sils Maria”) and Annette Bening and Berenice Bejo (“The Search”).
Missing from the lineup are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” three eagerly-awaited films from respected directors who could most likely have secured spots at the festival if they had been willing and their movies ready.
Cannes previously announced that the Princess Grace biopic “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, would open the festival, while “Party Girl” will open the Un Certain Regard section. Additional films will be announced in the coming days.
In a press-conference goof, Fremaux originally forgot to announce one of the competition films, Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu.” He only realized his mistake when a reporter asked why he’d said there were 18 competition films, but then only named 17.
The films were chosen from 1,800 feature submissions to the festival, said Fremaux. He added that the 49 films selected include five first-time directors and 15 female directors, though only two of the women are in the main competition. The number also apparently includes women contributing to anthology films like “Les Ponts de Sarajevo.”
The films come from 28 different countries.
The festival begins on May 14 and runs through May 25.
ADIEU AU LANGAGE (“Farewell to Language”) by JEAN-LUC GODARD
CAPTIVES by ATOM EGOYAN
DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (“Two Days, One Night”) by JEAN-PIERRE et LUC DARDENNE
FOXCATCHER by BENNETT MILLER
FUTATSUME NO MADO (“Still the Water”) by NAOMI KAWASE
THE HOMESMAN by TOMMY LEE JONES
JIMMY’S HALL by KEN LOACH
KIS UYKUSU (SOMMEIL D’HIVER) (“Winter Sleep”) by NURI BILGE CEYLAN
LE MERAVIGLIE by ALICE ROHRWACHER
LEVIATHAN by ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV
MAPS TO THE STARS by DAVID CRONENBERG
MOMMY by XAVIER DOLAN
MR TURNER by MIKE LEIGH
RELATOS SALVAJES (“Wild Tales”) by DAMIAN SZIFRON
SAINT LAURENT by BERTRAND BONELLO
THE SEARCH by MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
SILS MARIA by OLIVIER ASSAYAS
TIMBUKTU by ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO
Out of competition:
GUI LAI by ZHANG YIMOU
DRAGONS 2 by DEAN DEBLOIS
LES GENS DU MONDE by YVES JEULAND
Un Certain Regard:
AMOUR FOU by JESSICA HAUSNER
BIRD PEOPLE by PASCALE FERRAN
CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by ROLF DE HEER
DOHEE-YA by JULY JUNG
ELEANOR RIGBY by NED BENSON
FANTASIA by WANG CHAO
HARCHECK MI HEADRO by KEREN YEDAYA
HERMOSA JUVENTUD by JAIME ROSALES
INCOMPRESA (“The Misunderstood”) by ASIA ARGENTO
JAUJA by LISANDRO ALONSO
LA CHAMBRE BLEUE (“The Blue Room”) by MATTHIEU AMALRIC
LOST RIVER by RYAN GOSLING
RUN by PHILIPPE LACOTE
THE SALT OF THE EARTH by WIM WENDERS and JULIANO RIBEIRO SALGADO
SNOW IN PARADISE by ANDREW HULME
TITLI by KANU BEHL
TURIST by RUBEN OSTLUND
XENIA by PANOS KOUTRAS
PYO JEOK by CHANG
THE ROVER by DAVID MICHOD
THE SALVATION by KRISTIAN LEVRING
CARICATURISTES – FANTASSINS DE LA DÉMOCRATIE by STEPHANIE VALLOATTO
EAU ARGENTÉE by MOHAMMED OSSAMA
LES PONTS DE SARAJEVO, film chorale
MAIDAN by SERGEI LOZNITSA RED ARMY by POLSKY GABE