Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will square off with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Michel Hazanavicius for the Palme d'Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris.
Fest delegate general Thierry Fremaux noted that of the 49 titles selected (from some 1,800 submissions), 15 were directed by women. Two of them are in competition: Alice Rohrwacher and Naomi Kawase.
As previously reported, the festival will kick off with Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman.
2014 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP
"Grace of Monaco" (Olivier Dahan, France-U.S.-Belgium-Italy) Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Dahan's 1960s-set biopic, which is kicking off the festival out of competition. The Weinstein Co. is distributing the film Stateside. (Sales: Lotus Entertainment)
"The Captive" (Atom Egoyan, Canada) Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson star in this abduction thriller, Egoyan's sixth competition entry; the Canadian helmer won the Grand Prix for 1997's "The Sweet Hereafter." (Sales: eOne)
"Clouds of Sils Maria" (Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany) IFC has Stateside rights to this English-language picture about an actress who withdraws to the Swiss town of the title, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. Assayas was previously in competition with "Clean," "Demonlover" and "Les Destinees sentimentales," but has yet to win a Cannes prize. (Sales: MK2)
"Foxcatcher" (Bennett Miller, U.S.) Once slated to open last year's AFI Film Festival before being pushed to 2014, this third feature from the highly regarded writer-director of "Capote" and "Moneyball" is a dark true-crime saga starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. Sony Classics is releasing the film Stateside. (Sales: Panorama Media)
"Goodbye to Language" (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland) Previously at the festival with 2010's characteristically cryptic "Film socialisme," Godard will make his seventh appearance in competition (if you count his contribution to 1987's "Aria"). His latest offering will be presented in 3D.
"The Homesman" (Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.) Starring Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner, Miranda Otto and Meryl Streep, this period Western is the actor-director's first helming effort since his 2005 debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," which won two prizes at Cannes (including an acting award for Jones). (Sales: EuropaCorp)
"Jimmy's Hall" (Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France) Reportedly the British realist's final fiction feature, this drama about the Irish communist leader James Gralton will mark Loach's 12th time in competition. He won the Palme d'Or in 2006 for "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and recently received a jury prize for 2012's "The Angels' Share." (Sales: Wild Bunch)
"Leviathan" (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia) A multi-character fusion of social drama and sci-fi set in a "new country," Zvyagintsev's fourth feature marks his first return to the Cannes competition since 2007's "The Banishment"; his previous film, "Elena," closed Un Certain Regard in 2011.
"Le Meraviglie" (Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany) One of two female directors in competition this year, Italian writer-director Rohrwacher delivers her second feature after her 2011 Directors' Fortnight entry, "Corpo celeste." It's the story of a 14-year-old girl in the Umbrian countryside whose secluded life is shattered by the arrival of a young German ex-con.
"Maps to the Stars" (David Cronenberg, U.S.) This satire of the entertainment industry will be the Canadian auteur's fifth film to screen in competition at Cannes (following "Crash," "Spider," "A History of Violence" and "Cosmopolis"), and his second consecutive collaboration with star Robert Pattinson. It could also be his first film to win the Palme d'Or. (Sales: eOne)
"Mommy" (Xavier Dolan, France-Canada) One of the younger directors to crack the competition (at age 25), the Quebecois helmer scooped up multiple Critics' Week prizes for his 2009 debut, "I Killed My Mother," and entered Un Certain Regard with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways." His latest is a relationship drama starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement and Antoine-Olivier Pilon. (Sales: eOne)
Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
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