Moonrise Kingdom 2012

The line-up for the 65th Cannes Film Festival has now been announced! Vying for the Palme d’Or this year will be films from directors Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Abbas Kiarostami, Alain Resnais, and many more.

Chosen to open the festival on May 16th is US director Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, a comedy set in a summer camp in the 1960’s. Anderson is the director of quirky comedies such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. Moonrise Kingdom is also in competition, and so has a shot at the Palme d’Or.

Anderson faces some stiff rivalry from European directors, including Michel Haneke, whose film Love will look at the lives of a retired couple after the wife has suffered a stroke. From Ken Loach, whose film The Wind that Shakes the Barley won the Palme d’Or in 2006, there will be The Angel’s Share, a comedy drama about a whiskey heist. Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, will be David Cronenberg’s contribution to the competition, while Alain Resnais’ You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet and Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love will be ones to watch.

Also of interest at this year’s festival will be On the Road, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous Beat novel of the same name, directed by Walter Salles. Beasts of the Southern Wild, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year, has grabbed itself a spot in Un Certain Regard, as has Argentinian director Pablo Trapero’s White Elephant.

Closing night will see a screening of Claude Miller’s Therese D; Audrey Tatou will star as an unhappily married woman attempting to break free from the constraints of her dull life. All of the films chosen for screening at Cannes so far are listed below, however the line-up is subject to change; for example, Woody Allen’s latest To Rome with Love was not included in the line-up released today, but may be announced at a later date.

Opening night

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson

Amour, Michael Haneke
The Angels’ Share, Ken Loach
Baad el mawkeaa, Yousry Nasrallah
Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu
Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg
Holy Motors, Leos Carax
The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg
Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik
In Another Country, Hong Sang-soo
In the Fog, Sergei Loznitsa
Lawless, John Hillcoat
Like Someone in Love, Abbas Kiarostami
Mud, Jeff Nichols
On the Road, Walter Salles
The Paperboy, Lee Daniels
Paradies: Liebe, Ulrich Seidl
Post tenebras lux, Carlos Reygadas
Reality, Matteo Garrone
Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard
Taste of Money, Im Sang-soo
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet, Alain Resnais

Out of competition
Hemingway & Gellhorn, Philip Kaufman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Me and You, Bernardo Bertolucci
Un Certain Regard
7 Days in Havana, Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia
Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noe, Laurent Cantet
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate, Koji Wakamatsu
Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
Confession of a Child of the Century, Sylvie Verheyde
Despues de Lucia, Michel Franco
La Pirogue, Moussa Toure
La Playa, Juan Andres Arango
Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan
Le grand soir, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern
Les Chevaux de Dieu, Nabil Ayouch
Loving Without Reason, Joachim Lafosse
Miss Lovely, Ashim Ahluwalia
Mystery, Lou Ye
Student, Darezhan Omirbayev
Trois mondes, Catherine Corsini
White Elephant, Pablo Trapero
Midnight screenings
Dario Argento’s Dracula, Dario Argento
The Legend of Love & Sincerity, Japan, Takashi Miike

Special screenings
A musica segundo, Tom Jobim, Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
The Central Park Five, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Der Mull im Garten Eden, Fatih Akin
Journal de France, Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon
Les Invisibles, Sebastien Lifshitz
Mekong Hotel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, Laurent Bouzereau
Villegas, Gonzalo Tobal

Closing night film
Therese D, Claude Miller

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