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Cannes Film Festival Lineup Includes Woody Allen, Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman

Two animated films, ”Inside Out“ and ”The Little Prince,“ will also screen


Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” Pete Docter’s animated movie “Inside Out” and Natalie Portman’s directorial debut “A Story of Love and Darkness” are among the films that will screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers announced on Thursday morning at a press conference in Paris.

Other films in the main competition included Todd Hayne’s “Carol,” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Justin Kurzel’s version of “MacBeth,” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; and Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe.

Special screenings will include two animated films, “Inside Out” and Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince,” as well as Allen’s “Irrational Man,” Portman’s “A Story of Love and Darkness” and Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia.”

The titles were announced by longtime Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux and new president Pierre Lescure.

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Eight of the announced films, said Fremaux, are by first-time filmmakers, while two of the main competition titles — the same as last year — are by female directors. Those two are Valerie Donzelli’s “Marguerite and Julien” and Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi.”

The festival had previously announced that George Miller’s new “Mad Max” movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” would screen out of competition on May 14, and that Emmanuelle Bercot’s “La tete haute” would be the first opening-night film to be directed by a woman since Diane Kurys’ “A Man in Love” in 1987.

Other entries at the festival include “Amy,” a documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse; and “Mia madre” by Italian director Nanni Moretti, who joins Van Sant as a director looking to win his second Palme d’Or. He won in 2001 for “The Son’s Room,” while Van Sant won two years later for “Elephant.”

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At the press conference, Lemaux said that the announced selections were made from 1,854 submissions, and account for about 90 percent of the festival. Additional films, he said, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

He also said that while Cannes would not ban selfies on the red carpet, the festival would like to slow down the “grotesque” practice.

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the main competition jury, while Isabelle Rossellini will lead the Un Certain Regard jury.

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The festival begins on May 13 and runs through May 24.

Main Competition:
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“Dheepan” (temporary title), Jacques Audiard
“La Loi Du Marche” (“A Simple Man”), Stephane Brize
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier
“MacBeth,” Justin Kurzel
“Marguerite et Julien” (“Margeurite and Julien”), Valerie Donzelli
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“Mon Roi,” Maiwenn
“Nie Yinniang” (“The Assassin”), Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Il Racconti dei Tacconi” (“The Tale of Tales”), Matteo Garrone
“Saul Fia” (“Son of Saul”), Laszlo Nemes
“The Sea of Trees,” Gus Van Sant
“Shan He Gu Ren” (“Mountains May Depart”), Jia Zhang-Ke
“Sicaro,” Denis Villeneuve
“Unimachi Diary” (“Our Little Sister”), Hirokazu Kore-Eda
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino

Midnight Screenings:
“Amy,” Asif Kapadia
“Office” (“O Piseu”), Hong Won-Chan

Un Certain Regard:
“Chauthi Koot” (“The Fourth Direction”), Gurvinder Singh
“Las Elggidas” (“The Chosen Ones”), David Pablos
“Hrutar” (“Rams”), Grimur Hakonarson
“Je Suis Un Soldat” (“I Am a Soldier”), Laurent Lariviere
“Kishibe No Tabi” (“Journey to the Shore”), Kurosawa Kiyoshi
“Masaan” (“Fly Away Solo”), Neeraj Ghaywan
“Madonna,” Shin Suwon
“Maryland,” Alice Winocour
“Mu-Roe-Han” (“The Shameless”), Oh Seung-Uk
“Nahid,” Ida Panahandeh
“The Other Side,” Roberto Minervini
“Comoara” (“The Treasure”), Corneliu Porumboiu
“Un Etaj Mai Jos” (“One Floor Below”), Radu Muntean
“Zvizdan” (“The High Sun”), Dalbor Matanic

Out of Competition:
“Amnesia,” Barbet Schroeder
“Asphalte,” Samuel Benchetrit
“Hayored Lema’Ala,” Elad Keidan
“Inside Out,” Pete Docter
“Irrational Man,” Woody Allen
“The Little Prince,” Mark Osborne
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller
“Panama,” Pvie Vukovic
“A Story of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman
“La Tete Haute” (“Standing Tall”), Emmanuelle Bercot