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Pitt, Pattinson, Stewart among stars with films heading to Cannes

This May, A-list stars will light up La Croisette for the 65th Cannes Film Festival and there's a healthy mix of new projects from the likes of recognizable auteurs Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg, Lee Daniels and Walter Salles amid international directors competing for the revered Palme d'Or.

Anderson's whimsical love story Moonrise Kingdom will be up against Killing Them Softly, a crime-thriller starring Brad Pitt, On the Road, the Jack Kerouac adaptation with Kristen Stewart, Paperboy, Daniels' all-star follow-up to his critical hit Precious and Cronenberg's slick psycho-sexual Cosmopolis, starring KStew's main squeeze Robert Pattinson in a non-vamp, very grown-up role. Should be interesting.

Screening as part of the Un Certain Regard programme is Laurence Anyways, from Canada's own wunderkind Xavier Dolan, and Antiviral, the directorial debut of Brandon Cronenberg, David's son, who appears to be following in his dad's bloodied shoes with a horror, sci-fi mash-up.

Other noteworthy titles in this year's Cannes film lineup include Mud, the latest from Jeff Nichols, who made last year's remarkable Take Shelter, John Hillcoat's Lawless, formerly The Wettest County, which boasts a bold-name cast with talent like Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska.

Italian director Nanni Moretti, who won the Palme d'Or in 2001 for his film The Son's Room, will preside over the jury and Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist) will be the host of the fest's opening and closing ceremonies. As previously announced, Moonrise Kingdom has been selected as the opening night film.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16-27.

Check out the first trailer for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis right now. (WARNING: Adult images are contained within)


2012 Official Selection

Competitive Films

Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson)
De Rouille et d’Os (Dir. Jacques Audiard)
Holy Motors (Dir. Leos Carax)
Cosmopolis (Dir. David Cronenberg)
The Paperboy (Dir. Lee Daniels)
Killing Them Softly (Dir. Andrew Dominik)
Reality (Dir. Matteo Garrone)
Amour (Love) (Dir. Michael Haneke)
Lawless (Dir. John Hillcoat)
Da-Reun Na-Ra-e-Suh (In Another Country) (Dir. Hong Sangsoo)
Do-Nui Mat (The Taste of Money) (Dir. Im Sang-soo) Like Someone in Love (Dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
The Angels’ Share (Dir. Ken Loach)
V Tumane (In the Fog) (Dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
Beyond the Hills (Dir. Cristian Mungiu)
Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) (Dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
Mud (Dir. Jeff Nichols)
Vous n’avez encore rien vu (Dir. Alain Resnais)
Post Tenebras Lux (Dir. Carlos Reygadas)
On the Road (Sur la Route) (Dir. Walter Salles)
Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love) (Dir. Ulrich Seidl)
Jagten (The Hunt) (Dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Un Certain Regard

Miss Lovely (Dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)
La Playa (Dir. Juan Andrés Arango)
Les Chevaux de Dieu (God’s Horses) (Dir. Nabil Ayouch)
Trois Monde (Dir. Catherine Corsini)
Antiviral (Dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
7 Dias en la Habana (Dir. Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspard Noé, and Laurent Cantet)
Le Grand Soir (Dir. Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern)
Laurence Anyways (Dir. Xavier Dolan)
Después de Lucia (Dir. Michel Franco)
Aimer à perdre la raison (Dir. Joachim Lafosse)
Student (Dir. Darezhan Omirbayev)
La Pirogue (The Pirogue) (Dir. Moussa Toure)
Elefante Blanco (White Elephant) (Dir. Pablo Trapero)
Confession of a Child of the Century (Dir. Sylvie Verheyde)
Mystery (Dir. You Le)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dir. Benh Zeitlin)
Non-Competitive Films

Thérèse Desqueyroux (Dir. Claude Miller)
Io e Te (Me and You) (Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (Dir. Philip Kaufman)
Midnight Screenings Dario Argento’s Dracula (Dir. Dario Argento) Ai to Makoto (Dir. Takashi Miike) 65th Birthday Une journée particulière (Dir. Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure) Special Screenings Der Müll im Garten Eden (Polluting Paradise) (Dir. Fatih Akin) Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (Dir. Laurent Bouzereau) The Central Park Five (Dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon) Les Invisibles (Dir. Sébastien Lifshitz) Journal de France (Dir. Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon) A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim (Dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos) Villegas (Dir. Gonzalo Tobal) Mekong Hotel (Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

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