The last time Woody Allen had Cannes' opening-night movie was 2011's "Midnight in Paris," which landed four Oscar nominations.
Pedro Almodóvar's 20th movie focuses on women, an approach that has led to many of his most notable films.
Five years after winning Cannes' Critics Week competition with "Take Shelter," American director Jeff Nichols is back with a true story of an interracial Virginia couple fighting unjust laws in the 1960s.
One of three female directors (versus 17 men) in the main competition, Andrea Arnold makes grimy, tough movies; her first film set in the United States deals with a runaway teenage girl and features Shia LaBeouf.
Kristen Stewart became the first American actress to win France’s version of the Oscar, the Cesar, for Olivier Assayas’ last film, “Clouds of Sils Maria.” Now she’s back (playing, um, a personal shopper) in a new Assayas film.
Adventurous French director Bruno Dumont will be going to Cannes for the sixth time with this comedic film set in 1910; if it's like his other work, it'll be divisive.
"Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds"
A documentary made with the cooperation of living entertainers runs the risk of being a sentimental puff piece, but directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens have an ace in the hole is the acid wit of Carrie Fisher, who’s not likely to countenance a sappy look at her life with her famous mother.
Before Chilean director Pablo Larrain unveils his Jackie Kennedy biopic with Natalie Portman, he tackles another icon, Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda.
Here's another icon: punk-rock godfather Iggy Pop, who gets the documentary treatment from Jim Jarmusch (who's also at Cannes with his fictional feature film "Paterson").
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven has made hits ("Robocop," "Basic Instinct") and bombs ("Showgirls"); his new film is a thriller starring Cannes regular Isabelle Huppert as a rape victim who stalks her assailant.
"The Last Face"
Sean Penn's fifth film as director, a romantic drama starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, would likely be worth checking out even if it wasn't for the voyeuristic thrill of seeing Penn and Theron on the red carpet less than a year after their relationship broke up.
"The Unknown Girl"
The Dardenne brothers had a real movie star, Marion Cotillard, in the last film they took to Cannes, but now they’re back with their usual cast of unknowns and non-pros in this story of a doctor trying to discover the identity of a young woman who died.
Recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance reunites with director Steven Spielberg for this Roald Dahl adaptation, one of the few Hollywood studio productions using Cannes as a launching pad.
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho's 2013 film debut "Neighboring Sounds" was a small gem, raising expectations for his second outing as director.
"Dog Eat Dog"
With writer-director Paul Schrader (who directed "Affliction" and wrote "Taxi Driver") and stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, the closing-night film in the Directors' Fortnight section promises to be combustible.
Johnny Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, plays Isadora Duncan in Stéphanie Di Giusto's biographical drama about Duncan and modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller.
"The Red Turtle"
Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit won an Oscar for his animated short "Father and Daughter," and now he’s the first non-Japanese director to have a film released by Studio Ghibli.
On the heels of her Oscar-winning Edward Snowden documentary "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras turns to another controversial figure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"It's Only the End of the World"
Xavier Dolan’s sixth film is his fifth to go to Cannes, and his second in the main competition after last year’s daring “Mommy.” By the way, the Canadian director is only 27.
A first-time director gets into Cannes with an American indie horror movie? Michael O'Shea did, much to his surprise.
Two heavyweight Romanian filmmakers are considered strong contenders for the Palme d'Or; the first is Cristi Puiu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"), with this near-three-hour family drama.
The other Romanian director in the main competition is Cristian Mungiu, with a small-town drama that comes to Cannes nine years after his "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or.
"Mal de Pierres" ("From the Land of the Moon")
French director Nicole Garcia, one of the three female directors in competition, cast Marion Cotillard in her adaptation of the Milena Agus novel about a woman at the end of World War II.
On the beach. For free. On a night when the weather report calls for rain.