The movie world's highest of high brow event is indubitably Festival de Cannes, the annual French film fest that handpicks the finest works of new cinema to unleash upon the world. From legendary auteurs to first time directors, Cannes is exalted by film buffs as the premiere stage for big screen debuts. If a movie gets into Cannes, it's already earned a level of respect.
That same respect extends to the stars, who flock to the chic festival to walk the red carpet and command audiences with their latest performances. Cannes imbues an actor or actress with immediate cred especially helpful if for up-and-comers looking for respect. There's a theme of this year's line-up: the new and the old rubbing shoulders, a younger generation ready to step out the door and rise above their goofy franchise roots. Robert Pattinson has teamed with the highly-respected David Cronenberg for the absolutely bonkers-looking Cosmopolis; Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund help Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries) bring his long-gestating Kerouac adaptation On the Road to life; Shia LaBeouf drops alien robots for Depression era gangsters and Tom Hardy in Lawless; and Zac Efron stars opposite John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, the latest from director Lee Daniels (Precious). The kids, as it seems, are all grown up.
But don't think Cannes has abandoned its A-Listers. Facing off against the Millennials are familiar faces like Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn) and the incredible ensemble assembled for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens the festival. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman Hollywood friendly, but with the unique quirk that only an Anderson film could provide.
Check out the full list of titles, films ready to hook lucky attendees when the festival gets underway May 16.
Rust and Bone - dir. Jacques AudiardMoonrise Kingdom - dir. Wes AndersonHoly Motors - dir. Leos CaraxCosmopolis - dir. David CronenbergThe Paperboy - dir. Lee DanielsKilling Them Softly - dir. Andrew DominikReality - dir. Matteo GarroneLove - dir. Michael HanekeLawless - dir. John HillcoatIn Another Country - dir. Hong Sang SoThe Taste of Money - dir. Im Sang SoLike Someone In Love - dir. Abbas KiarostamiThe Angels' Share - dir. Ken LoachIn The Fog - dir. Sergei LoznitsaBeyond The Hills - dir. Cristian MungiuBaad el Mawkeaaa (Apres La Bataille) - dir. Yousry NasrallahMud - dir. Jeff NicholsYou Haven't Seen Anything Yet - dir. Alan ResnaisPost Tenebras Lux - dir. Carlos ReygadasOn The Road - dir. Walter SallesParadise: Love - dir. Ulrich SeidlThe Hunt - dir. Thomas WinterbergUn Certain Regard:
La Playa - dir. Juan Andres ArangoMiss Lovely - dir. Achim AhluwaliaGod's Horses - dir. Nabel AyouchAntiviral - dir. Brandon CronenbergTrois Mondes - dir. Catherine Corsini Days In Havana - dir. Benicio Del Toro, Gaspar Noe, Laurence Cantat, et allLaurence Anyways - dir. Xavier DolanLe Grand Soir - dir. Benoit Delepine and Gustave KervernAimer A Perdre La Raison - dir. Joachim LaFosseDespués De Lucia - dir. Michel FrancoMystery - dir. Lou YeStudent - dir. Darezhan OmirbayevLa Pirogue - dir. Moussa ToureConfession Of A Child Of The Century - dir. Sylvie VerheydeThe White Elephant - dir. Pablo Trapero11:25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate - dir. Koje WakamatsuBeasts Of The Southern Wild - dir. Benh ZeitlinOut of Competition:
Tess - restored by PolanskiRoman Polanski: A Film Memoir - dir. Laurent BouzereauOnce Upon A Time In America - dir. Sergio LeoneThe Central Park Five - dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahonGarbage In The Garden Of Eden - dir. Faith AkinLes Invisbles - dir. Sebastien LifschitzJournal De France - dir. Claudine Nougaret and Raymond DepardonDracula 3D - dir. Dario ArgentoMadagascar 3 - dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrathMe and You - dir. Bernardo BertolucciThe Legend Of Love and Sincerity - dir. Takashi MilkeMekong Hotel - dir. Apichatpong WeerasethakulVillegas - dir. Gonzalo TobakA Musica Segundo Tom Jobim - dir. Nelson Pereira Dos SantosHemingway & Gellhorn - dir. Philip Kaufman
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